* Posts by boltar

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Devices

"Of course, if everything moves to IP TV, rather than old-fashioned radio waves"

Why is it that wireless seems to be the must-have for every gadget *except* the TV where people still seem to believe that a 1980s style plug-it-into-the-wall cable feed is the best approach? Can someone explain this doublethink to me?

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

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Re: control

"People who think Bitcoin has a long-term future in it's current form are idiots."

Depends how you look at it. As a currency its clearly a non starter due to the built in highly restricted supply and the massive fluctuations in value due to it not been pegged to anything other than the whim of its users. As an investment vehicle however ... well thats another matter. It may crash and burn as better tech comes along or someone finds a major flaw, OTOH bitcoins may become highly sought after in the future for a number of reasons.

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Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

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A recipe for immense pollution more like

The crap that comes out of the back of these hybrid rockets make what comes out of the chimney of a coal fired power station seem like fresh mountain air in comparison. I really hope these things don't become commonplace.

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W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

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Meanwhile away from the Lilliput town of Webdev...

... all this nonsense was solved years ago. I can't wait until the W3C decides to mandate something thats actually complex like true programmer controlled multi threading in javascript - we can all sit back and watch all the cupcakes fly...

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Zeus scumbag infects itself, buddies, with rival Trojan

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Can't say I'm surprised

A lot of blackhats turn out to be kids who while intellectually very bright in a narrow sphere tend to be naive and lack common sense. Add that to the typical arrogance of the young with the it-wont-happen-to-me-cos-Im-too-smart thought pattern and its hardly a shock they get caught out.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Misuse of computers act. No exceptions

"Government agencies are not above the law. They are allowed to do certain things, in certain circumstances, that private citizens are not - but it's not a carte blanche authorisation."

I think you'll find what they did was within the law, coming under the all encompassing anti terror legislation.

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Re: renewables

"It is an absurd assertion that non renewable could do that indefinitely. (By definition)"

Long enough for us and the next few generations, yes. With nuclear reprocessing - which naturally the hippies don't like either - we'd have enough nuclear fuel to literally last centuries and thats assuming we didn't find any new sources in the meantime. But unfortunately those feckin unwashed dimwits in their organic peace hats sitting up a tree knitting yoghurt still think civilian nuclear power is a subversive way by The Man to make more nuclear bombs.

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Re: @Christoph

"Most of UKIPs members are baying idiots. Genuine quote from a prospective UKIP member standing for election this year:"

In theory a lot of UKIP policies make sense, eg EU referendum. In practice a lot of them are a bunch of half witted muppets mixed in with a sprinkling of racists. Farage himself might be a sound bloke but one man isn't enough to run a party never mind a country, and unfortunately the people under him couldn't run a whelk stall.

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Re: @Christoph

"whereas the Greens policies are just bonkers e.g nuclear power"

The greens nowadays are just a far left party with some greenwash painted over them. And yes, their views on nuclear power are absurd as is their idiotic assertion that renewables could provide us will all our electrical power.

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Re: Misuse of computers act. No exceptions

"Prosecute to hell and back."

I hate to break this shocking news to you - but governments reserve some powers for themselves that the ordinary citizen doesn't have. This includes breaking into computers as and when required. Now I'm not condoning what they've done, just giving you a bit of a reality check.

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"Standing as independents but with a common campaign and set of policies would avoid those problems up front."

Yeah, nice idea. Sadly in the real world power corrupts and any independents would soon become exactly the same as the party wonks they replaced. I suggest you read Orwells Animal Farm.

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Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

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Re: Remind me again

"about 100% uptime and availability, and why I should move to the cloud?"

Its 100% uptime in the time its actually up. They don't count the downtime cos that wouldn't look good in the marketing spiel.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: At the size of a human hair...

"Because nothing else is based around the idea of building a light car with a turbo engine that runs at 15k rpm minimum."

The american indy and champ car series get pretty close so its hardly unique.

"And can withstand 190miles (Silverstone) continuously."

Wow , a whole 190 miles. Incredible. Thats only 1/1000th the distance a good road car engine can manage but hey, yeah , I'm impressed!

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"(enough?)"

Not even close. Rally cars take far more punishment plus the the racing is actually exciting unlike the tedious procession of F1.

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Re: At the size of a human hair...

"...making an F1 car is going to leave an awfully large number of toothless limpets."

I'd love to know why F1 is always put forward as the pinnacle of engineering technology. It really isn't. Its not that hard to make a light car with a turbo engine that puts out stupid HP but only has to last 200 miles before a complete rebuild, and the idiotic rules make it even more hamstrung.

A real achievement for F1 would be to make the races actually worth watching anymore.

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Re: Back to nature

"4) How the sense of smell distinguishes between similar shaped molecules (by differentiating their quantum "signature")"

You sure about that? I thought the latest research said it was the molecules vibrational pattern.

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

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Re: Not smart.

"Enter "Find my iPhone" into Google, which links you to the iCloud site. Login with your AppleID / password. Click on the "Find my iPhone" app. Find your phone, erase it. Job done. Money safe."

You've got to know its gone before you can do that. A thief only needs a few minutes.

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Not smart.

Phone is stolen.

Thief makes copies of fingerprints all over phone and presents them to reader.

Eventually one works - bank account is cleaned out.

But hey, if typing a password is SUCH an onorous task then all you fanboys knock yourselves out...

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: but the '...w.dll'

"The toolkit isn't limited to Windows."

A windows .dll isn't going to be much use on Linux or *BSD and no use whatsoever if its a non x86 motherboard the disk finds itself connected to.

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"It's taken this long - and this event - to make your realize that the US has been a fascist police state since, well, the 1960s? Have you been out of town?"

You dont think every other government on the planet wouldnt do the same if they could (and perhaps already are)? Wake up sleeping beauty and smell some WelcomeToTheRealWorld coffee.

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Re: I am one of those victims...

At least they're attempting to fix the problem. Most set top box manufacturers don't give a damn - they just shove their shoddy untested kit out the door and collect the money. The only time a firmware update appears is when it turns up in a new model.

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Meerkats helped Ofcom unlock White Space spectrum-hopping

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"You think there's only one or a couple of spare frequency slots in white space?"

Well now, that would depend on how much bandwidth you require wouldn't it? HD video could use an entire channel of free space in the TV band all on its own. Put a number of HD broadcast cameras in a single location and that could be it for whitespace in that area.

"it's part of the spec for 5GHz 802.11ac"

And we all know how well wifi works in busy locations.

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Swift gets swifter: Apple updates its new programming language

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Re: How about ...

@SuccessCase - Ironic name really

So you think C is weakly typed do you? Why not run along and try and add say an int to a struct then and see what happens.

If you really want to argue the toss about this I suggest you join a long line of people stretching back 40 years on this topic instead of assuming anyone who doesn't agree with you is a "bell-end". Also do yourself a favour and grow up.

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Re: How about ...

"That's why iOS and MacOS use floats and not absolute natural numbers. The system has been design to ensure firstly the specification of common calibrated colour values."

Except the IEEE 745 standard for flaoting point numbers has a couple of serious drawbacks. Specifically it cannot be guaranteed that equality comparisons between the same apparent values will always work nor that performing an operation and then its reverse will return the start value. Which is kind of a problem when dealing with colours and accuracy is required. Oh, and they're somewhat slower to process than integers.

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Re: How about ...

""Sorry, loose/weak typing is for scripting languages and amateurs" - and that statement sweeps in all those C "amateurs" programming OS kernel code then."

Really? Apparently you don't know the difference between strong/static typing and casting which frankly comes as no surprise to me. Perhaps you should refrain from commenting further until you've taken a refresher course.

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Re: How about ...

"and if Turing complete and moderately efficient, can be used to build pretty much anything"

So what? Line BASIC is turing complete and if compiled pretty damn fast. I can't see many people still wanting to use it however.

"In this age of auto-complete gone are the days of short cryptic names; and good riddance too."

Nonsense. Names that are too long such as myLongMethodNameThatHasTwoLinesOfCodeAndDoesBuggerAll() inhibit the ability to read the code, not increase it. Names should be descriptive but not to the point where they're almost shakesperian. Perhaps you're one of these people who think code should be self commenting and comments are for idiots?

"an excellent prototyping language. Loosely typed with "

Sorry, loose/weak typing is for scripting languages and amateurs, not a serious systems development language. Serious code requires a statically types language because the importance of avoiding runtime bugs overrides you having a slightly easier life when coding it.

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Re: How about ...

"You might as well suggest they bin Swift, implement C# (also available on Windows and linux) and see how many of them choke to death."

Heh :) Well for app programming that would be fine, but OS/X implements the Posix C system API so it needs a language thats backwards compatible with C for systems programming. Not sure how that dovetails with Swift but TBH I couldn't really care. Apples dev enviroment has never appealed to me - one look at Obj-C put me off for life.

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How about ...

.... Apple finally just bite the bullet and move to C++ for OS/X system and app programming? C++ might not be the best designed language in the world but compared to Obj-C its a Da Vinci of languages. Plus its a standard on almost all operating systems including Linux and Windows.

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

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If a website is really so bad...

... whats the problem with getting a court order or whatever the French equivalent is?

This is so open to abuse its not funny but I suppose it was an inevitable reaction to the charlie hebdo massacre.

Anyway, don't most terrorists just post to twitter, facebok or youtube now? Is france going to ban them too?

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Re: Does it really matter ?

"Blame Julian - (don't forget to send him to sweden) - Assange for telling you,"

It only came as a shock to naive millenials who thought they didn't. Those of us with a bit of life experience didn't need a suspected rapist to tell us.

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Re: Catch-22

"You mean like the existing and most heinous RIPA (kindly brought to you by the previous Labour government back in 2000)"

Whats heinous about it? If you're in trouble and the police want to search your computer why *wouldn't* you hand over the keys if you have nothing to hide? Its the same as preventing the police searching your house. Yes its tough if you eventually turn out to be innocent but thats life , sometimes it isn't fair to the individual for the betterment of society as a whole.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: E.M.P. anyone ?

"so photoelectric effect is what's causing the problem."

Someone obviously cut costs a bit too much when it came to setting the thickness of the chip packaging.

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Re: Its a planet.

Like most things in life there is no clear dividing line, its all shades - quite literally for a lot of planets and moons - of grey. Where an arbitrary line is drawn really makes little difference.

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

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Re: Er, isn't it obvious that 'streetview' cars are really 'google maps' cars

"What they were really after was all that data from unsecured WiFi networks.."

Where they "accidentaly" wrote some software to collect them and then "accidentally" installed it in the streetview cars. And yet STILL the politicians believed them.

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"Apple has a locked in shop, but at least you know where they make the money."

Well we know how google, facebook et al make their money - selling personal data that naive idiots have given them in the foolish assumption that "private" meant the company running the service itself wouldn't use it. Its like that old recording of some muppet being phoned by a BT operator and demanding to know where they got his phone number from because he was X-directory (Can't find the link but its out there somewhere).

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Re: Whose maps will Apple use to navigate?

It won't need maps - it'll only have to navigate have to around a walled garden of Apples choosing.

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Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

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Re: Picking on the puppet

"prohibition worked as well and so did the Sykes-Picot agreement."

And obviously a drugs free for all would be sooo much better - just look at alcohol. The US doesn't have any issues with alcoholism, alcohol related liver disease, drunk drivers, drink fueled fights/family breakups/abuse, bootleg spirits does it?

Face it - where any kind of drug is concerned there is no "right" solution. There's just a less wrong one.

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Re: Other than

"He ran a web site which facilitated many illegal activities. He seems to my my mind, among other things, to have been correctly convicted of narcotics-trafficking, ."

Don't forget that as far as lot of the naive millenials on here are concerned - national laws don't apply online and , "it should, like , totally be a free-for-all dude". So they'll upvote any comment that seems to support sticking to Da Man even if that involves selling illegal drugs and trying to kill people.

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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah @Boltar

"kiss the ass "

Its spelt a-r-s-e. Unless you're under the impression I own a donkey.

"PETA TV documentary "

I didn't even know PETA made documentaries, much less watched one. Don't assume the rest of the worlds TV is as rubbish as yours.

"Buy a good AMERICAN dictionary and learn how to spell,"

Why would I want to spell in dialect? The language is called "english" for a reason. Try and figure out what that is.

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah @Boltar

"grocery store"? "labor"? "vacation"? "dumpster"?

Stick to trolling on your own side of the pond Yankee Doodle Dipshit and buy a dictionary while you're at it.

FYI the american farming INDUSTRY is about as far removed from the yokel farmer in his bucolic hill farm with his prize cow Daisy beloved of misty eyed romantics as its possible to get. Herds of thousands shoved in barns and pumped full of antibiotics - not to prevent disease mind , to promote growth! - fed industrially produced protein crap and anti foaming agents and never seeing the sky and with more machines and fuel being used than on a medium sized factory so don't bloody well lecture me about "poor" farmers!

And less not forget your farmers who use millions of acres to grow sweetcorn, but not for food to feed poor starving city dwellers like me, but for biofuel! They're no different to BP or Exxon in their treatment of the enviroment so you can shove that corncob where your midwest sun doesn't shine.

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah

"The film industry, "Renewable" energy, anything which exports, the TV industry, Independant commercial radio, fishing, insulation fitting, gas fitting, fitting solar panels, the car industry, the motorbike industry, aviation, road building....."

Bollocks to most of that. As for the car industry Brussels did its best to block even a covering payment to Rover back in 2005 when it was on the brink, never mind subsidising it.

"But he could certainly have discarded all the craftsman-level skills he had acquired and done something worthless like most of us do. I expect it would have killed him even faster."

So in other words he went into farming because he wanted to so stop moaning.

"He can't add up, he can't defend his vindictive policies, he laughs about the misery he causes and i expect you've got his pin-up on your wall, tory boy."

Have you just walked out of a school debating society because thats kind of the level or your abilities.

But hey, don't let me stop you wallowing in your 2nd hand inherited victimhood.

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah @Boltar

"Dear Boltar you stupid ignorant cunt. Please fuck off and die. Preferably soon. so we don't have to feed you or any of your progeny today."

Awww, did someone get a bit upset? Diddums.

"If it weren't for farmers working their fingers to the bone every day, YOU couldn't live the life you obviously do not deserve"

Oh give me a fucking break. You could say the same about 101 industries. Doctors, nurses, police, firemen, power station staff, oil refinery workers blah fucking blah. Without any of them modern day civilisation would collapse and don't think Farmer Palmer would be growing anything without the industrially produced fertilizer he sprays on his fields every year because he can't be arsed to do crop rotation.

"Most farmers never had a "choice" dimwit, the job chose them as most inherited the job from their parents especially the ones his age."

Utter cock. Everyone has a choice unless they live in north korea.

"Now get the fuck back under your rock and shut up you simpering, city, shit."

Get off your bloody cross, its pathetic.

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah

"I am a little off-topic here but is it okay to want to want to beat in Iain Duncan Smith's smug idiot face with a rifle-butt?"

Why , was he in charge of Defra? Err, no. As for being a "work shy cunt" - he served in northern ireland in the army during the height of the terrorism - sorry , "troubles" - before becoming a politician.

Also did someone force your dad to be a farmer? I mean he could have done what everyone else did and choose any career he wanted, right? Everyone knows farming is tough, if you don't like it don't do it. However it is the only profession I know of that gets a nice subsidy from the EU but if you want to go down the farmers in penury argument I suggest you look to the supermarkets.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Tired of the whole analogue thing

Yes there's a *very* slightly different sound to analogue synths compared to virtual analogue modelling the same waveforms and filters, in the same way theres a *very* slightly different sound to a CD compared to a live performance (I won't even mention vinyl) , but you have to have golden ears to tell the difference between the two. Similarly with analogue vs virtual analogue synths and once the synth is buried in a mix I'd defy anyone to spot the difference golden ears or not.

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Re: French - Anything but easy.

"For someone whose native language is English, the easiest languages probably would be other Germanic languages, like German or Swedish.. From my point of view (as a Finnish speaker), these are almost dialects of each other..."

It depends. A native english speaker will know a lot of the words in french even if he's never seen it before because the 2 languages share a LOT of vocabulary due to the Norman invasion and the hugenots. However this usually only works with the written language as the pronounciation is often quite different. However french verb conjugation is an absolute bloody nightmare - most kids from english schools will remember french verb tables with horror. In this sense the germanic languages are easier but they don't share much (obvious) vocab with english.

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Re: French - Anything but easy.

"for someone who thinks there is no language as pleasant-sounding as properly spoken Modern Standard Arabic,"

Sorry, but to me arabic sounds like a cat trying to cough up a hairball. If you want a beautiful language then there is no contest - Italian.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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" I jut wonder how much of the margin they could forgo to really improve the lives of the poor minions glueing the damn things together."

That plus paying for recycling or managing the landfill the old models generate as the sheep chuck them out to buy the latest ones to keep Apples bank balance topped up.

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Re: Queue this side

"we do like to be tribal about our tech choices, and naturally anyone who doesn't agree must be some kind of unspeakable person"

Well not really. It does tend to be an Apple thing. You don't find Samsung or Errisson or Huwai or Nokia zealots (who don't work for the companies). But you find plenty of Apple zealots.

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Re: Queue this side

"Has anyone found the patent for the crack-cocaine gas apple pumps into thier shops air system for these occasions? "

I wouldnt personally be surprised if there was some sort of narcotic in the stores. Honestly, its like a bloody religion for some fanbois. What the hell is wrong with these people? I genuinely Don't Get It. Sure, apple products are nice, but they're not exceptional especially given the deliberatly crippled OS apple ships in the ipad and iphone. And at the end of the day they're just shiny boys toys. Plus they're way overpriced.

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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

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>I don't see a long term future for the SPARC hardware which is a shame.

Indeed. Sparc has the potential to be far better than the crufty old x86 with all its historical baggage. But Sun really only have themselves to blame for their demise - continuing to charge ridiculous money for systems when PCs were beginning to match them. 10K for a Ultra desktop with the same performance as a P3? Who were they kidding? Not the customers thats for damn sure who walked.

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

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Re: Actually...

>Check a football/rugby/whatever match if you don't believe me.

>Or, if you are into that kind of thing, an OS flame war.

If you think that supporting a team or debating the merits of things is irrational then you might as well say all human behaviour is irrational. However they are somewhat different to the female type of irrationality where they'll just randomly decide something with no logical basis whatsoever - not even the "they scored more goals last month" level. However from my experience there does tend to be a major correlation of the level of their irrationality with the time of the month. Can't think why...

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