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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Perhaps they're slinging mud to divert attention from their own internal grubbiness after the recent Justine ‘Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS’ Sacco disaster?

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away

You're richer than most people on the planet, RISC OS — I trust you follow your own advice?

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Obligatory—

http://lolzonline.com/imagefile/woman_taking_a_selfie_562.jpg

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New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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New?

I can't find a reference, but I coulda sworn this was mooted at least a couple of years ago?

...or did I dream the idea and have been sitting on a potential gold mine all this time?

Say it ain't so!

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Hey big guy — try swapping around the letters in ‘ginger’ and see how you get on with that idiotic witlessness.

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Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

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Re: Moment of realisation

Mine was — “Crikey, *of course* a Martian civilisation would be able to see our moon! I wonder how their early philosophers would have wrapped their heads around that one?What conclusions would they have reached in their own time?”

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(I am aware that there isn't actually a martian civilisation, at least not in terms of what we'd consider one!)

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: The Bitmap Brothers

Aurally too — I still, every few months, stick on the GODS theme tune on YouTube ( v=zJ26QY0A_aQ ) and crank it up loud. it blew my tiny little mind back in the Early 90s.

Although I can't actually remember the game being all that good...

“Into the wunderfuh...” (whatever the hell that's supposed to mean)

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

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Oooh - Ronda, eh?

There's a town I'd love to tear around in an Ariel Atom!

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Bold Bezos aims skywards with liquid hydrogen and SPACE ROCKET engine

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Re: I snese a J2-x fanbois in the audience.

As much of a sci-tech space nerd as I think I am sometimes, I snese you're vastly over-estimating the audience's tribalism where competing rocket engines are concerned...

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Microsoft gets GIANT GLASS HQ in FINLAND as part of Nokia deal

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Re: Rented building anyway

Aye, I recall reading they were changing the tenantship status to reduce costs fairly recently. Every new mote that comes out about this deal puts Nokia's long-term thinking in a better, saner light.

Sad to have to mourn the passing of an iconic brand - but it doesn't look like there's as grand a future in phone hardware production as there is in the software and infrastructure that keeps the wee bastards ticking along...

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: Hangouts for SMS

Gosh, that was easy - thanks for that!

I'm now able to send SMS texts to short-form UK numbers without Google trying desperately to correct my attempts - yaay!

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Re: Hangouts for SMS

Hi - Nexus 5 owner and total 'Droid newbie here...

May I ask what third party SMS text app yu'd recommend, please?

The sodding G+/Hangout interaction's driving me spare.

Thanks!

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Re: I wish them well but...

You irked me with your pessimism, then enraged me with your delusion that their steam moniker has any relevance to that distinctly self-regarding and ultimately generally-quite-unimaginative and tiresome Steampunk aesthetic. I can't think of a quicker way to turn off huge chunks of your consumer base than by putting too much niche character into a design.

This is beta test kit they're announcing here - it needs to be intrinisically practical and dull so as to focus on the internals, which may well get swapped around, which certinaly do need to be breezy and cool. After all, much of the hardware production will end up being done by third-party actors, all featuring their own design requirements and conceits.

Regardless of that - no design team in their right mind would give away cues to their end-game at this stage.

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Psst, hey... Facebook, wanna buy BlackBerry? Aw well, it was worth a try

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Currently mulling over buying a Z30, despite BB's ever-looming demise.

The thought of future FB ownership sours the idea entirely.

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ZTE Open: This dirt-cheap smartphone is a swing and a miss

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Glad to hear my own frustrations about the appalling input echoed in your article - this is my first touchscreen phone (Yes, I'm a luddite) and I've very nearly hoyed the damn thing across the street a few times.

Before text-input even, the presumably-simple act of calling a number in the phone book is frustrating beyond belief - I'm still unsure exactly how many microseconds I'm supposed to keep my finger depressed for the unit to register that I want to call, not edit a number.

And then - drizzle. Don't even try to use the screen if there's even a speck of 101% humidity on the damn thing.

A shame, as i could forgive every other fault if I could just use the damn thing without frustration.

My hopes of fart-arsing around and developing a wee HTML pseudo-App are long-gone. Just not worth the red mist...

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Also - did anyone else here get copied in, twice, to a couple of emails from ZTE proudly declaring that they value privacy.. whilst CC'ing in 300+, then 700+ names of other handset consumers?

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Nasty Flash advert

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Ah, I posted a confirmation of your observation in giddy haste (subsequently deleted).

The thing's still running like a dog with more than one Reg tab open.

DON'T MAKE ME USE CHROME, ELREG - POR FAVOR!

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Unhappy

Aye, I'm a great believer in doing the little I can to support the sites I regularly visit by keeping their advertising visible and, when appropriate clicking on them to have a look (I even try the occasional Reg survey, but as a self-employed demi-nerd who doesn't have need of gigaquads of server infrastructure or cloud-based data nodes, my feedback is less than useful!).

Anyway, yes - this is the first time I've considered ad or flash blocking software.

I'm just surprised no one from ElReg appears to have noticed - does the whole world use Chrome these days?

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btw - I'm on Win7, with plenty of HD space, 12Gb RAM and an i7 running Firefox 24 (although it was doing it on 23 too).

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Hallo Reg - I've been suffering from really slow running on Reg for a while (couple of weeks?) now too - something to do with these Blue full page o2 adverts you've got going on. If I have a couple of Register tabs open, the whole browser chugs to a stop.

I had simply assumed it was something to do with my running Firefox beta, but having [in a fit of exasperation] tried to check some stories in Safari (apologies, it was the first icon I clicked on) I see your site's running just as slowly there.

Thanks!

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ZTE's $80 Firefox OS mobe sells out on eBay

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HOW THE HELL IS ONE SUPPOSED TO TYPE ON THIS WRETCHEDLY TINY THING?!

I have tiny, almost effeminate hands, which've spent decades typing on all manner of interfaces and I'll be damned if I can use this thing.

Very frustrating.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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WTF?

Re: Erm, curvature of the earth, anyone?

*facepalm*

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US Navy blasts drones with ship-mounted LASER CANNON

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My understanding from the video here and from what else I've seen (here on Reg in some BAE rant? :) is that the laser needs to maintain an amount of time on the same, or at least proximate, spot. The area at target is probably less than an inch, so I imagine that the accuracy of which you speak of at the turret's end could also apply to the drone, which has a lot more control over its immediate domain.

Once these lasers can burn a hole within a second or so, of course what I'm saying is moot - but these current systems aren't *that* powerful, no?

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An array of heat sensors, coupled to logic that makes a drone capable of high G manouevres dart about, should be enough to get around this and the next couple of generations worth of offensive laser turret.

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Shark-tooth war cutlery reveals tale of fishy extinction in Pacific

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Given the extensive trading networks and 'gift sharing as a means of peace offering' culture in that part of the world, how do the researchers in this instance know that the source location of the swords is the same as the source of the teeth?

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Earth bombarded by interplanetary SLIME MONSTERS

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Re: Already debunked?

To be fair, El Reg is in good company... http://www.technologyreview.com/view/512381/astrobiologists-find-ancient-fossils-in-fireball-fragments/ , and it's not like most of us come here expecting the editorial staff to have fully-fledged astrobiologists ready to pick apart such stories. It is predominently an IT rag, after all.

Although, perhaps a little less credulity would've been in order...

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Elon Musk's 'Grasshopper' hover rocket scores another test success

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Black Helicopters

Re: Way to go, SpaceX!

...or investigating ways to surreptitiously undermine/break SpaceX's progress.

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SimCity 2000

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The cynic in me wonders whether you guys are trying to hint at me to buy something today..?

:)

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Cash-ravenous Sony will flog Manhattan HQ for $1.1 BEELLION

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Re: Ho hum

You're somewhat conspicuously ignoring the Apple-shaped elephant in the room you just made that statement in.

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North Korea releases first computer game

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Re: Animation

Jesus Christ, I rescind everything I've ever said about everyhing!

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WTF?

I thought the Norks had a good rep coding mobile apps and games for Fox network and such?

Or did I just imagine that?

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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Re: The Real Story here...

And then some - I have to keep a copy of CorelDraw on hand for laser cutting purposes.

The shame is, although it's a grossly outdated piece of software, it has a couple (practically literally) of nice features and still, after all these years, represents Illustrator's only real competition out there for vector design packages.

Adobe really could use a little more competition...

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Help-desk hell

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Tidying up

I'm only tech support to friends and family (*sobs*), but..

Years ago, in the days of Windows XP, an anally-retentive friend of mine phoned up in a fluster, complaining that his new computer had stopped working. Working through what the start up sequence was doing over the phone didn't really highlight anything and was simply confused matters, so I enquired what (if anything) had happened before he turned it off last time. “Nothing — I'd just tided a load of files away and then turned it off - nothing was wrong” was the reply.

“What do you mean you ‘tidied a load of files away?’”

Turns out the overly-fastidious numpty had decided he didn't like how his C:\ drive was organised, so made his own file system, moving around Windows folders and such 'til it looked neat.

A little knowledge is a terrifying thing.

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Nvidia launches not one but two Kepler2 GPU coprocessors

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Re: No

May I ask what you would suggest instead, Richard 12?

I just agree with your assertion is all — AutoCAD is useless to me with the way I work.

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Harvey Weinstein wants US to adopt French piracy laws

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I clearly need a proper cup of tea this morning—my brain hung when reading ‘unionized labor’, trying desperately to work out how on earth one might strip ions from effort.

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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Not really a ‘car’, is it?

Am I the only demiGeek out there who thinks this is a pointless waste of effort? I appreciate the endeavour isn't quite as simple as ‘strapping a rocket engine onto wheels and letting rip’ but the functional end result is as good-as.

A ‘car’ entering a land speed record should have directly-powered wheels, at least.

I guess, by that measure, tiny rockets affixed to trims a la Catherine Wheels would count. A lot prettier too.

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UK-French drone aircraft blueprints nicked at Paris station

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Both this and the BBC article linked-to are light on details of the plans - Dassault are visibly mentioned - but no word on the British partner(s). Presumably not BAe, so then who?

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Potential ALIEN LIFE habitats FOUND ON MOONS

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WTF?

Wait.. what? We haven't actually any proof of the existence of any exomoons yet though, right?

Or have I missed a fairly amazing announcement sometime recently?

This page (August 2011) seems to imply not..

http://www.paulanthonywilson.com/blog/exomoons-about-the-moons-of-exoplanets/

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Another new Russian nuclear powerplant comes online

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Thorium..

Thorium thorium thorium, thorium Thorium? Thorium! Thorium, thorium thorium thorium, thorium - thorium thorium.

Thorium thorium, lol - thorium thorium thorium.

WHEN?

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Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse

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I'm torn on this - on the one hand, what the hell is going through her goddamn first-world-spoilt mind? On the other - what the hey? We're all part of Gaia's great bonanza, all flesh and blood, all creatures born without morals or guidance, so as long as no earthly suffering was felt by any party, what does it matter?

Back on to the other hand— what the hell?!

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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Aside from realising there was a door to close after the G+ nominative problem horse bolted, this is an absolutely and entirely incomprehensible decision.

Absolutely stupid.

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Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough

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Not UK's 'first'

First ‘widely-commercially available UK-made’ bamboo bikes, possibly.

There've been at least three or four other groups of people making and selling UK-made bamboo bikes over the past few years, including a friend of mine who made and sold a handful around North London last year, and would be still if he didn't have other responsibilities (much to my chagrin - I was supposed to be swapping a website for my own bamboo bike, grrr!)

Also, does your second image there not show an American-made bamboo bike, made by Calfee?

Anyway, that aside - if you ever get a chance to try one, do. They're an interesting, surprisingly comfortable ride.

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Adobe automates website design for arty Luddites

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oh no.. oh dear God, no.

I was just about to post this myself... the code is... horrific. Awful. Loathsome. Disgusting, even. It appears to have an entire copy of the site structure, commented out but lumped in with the html, just in case a user is on IE9.

Never mind the labyrinthine stacks of nested and redundant DIVs, each apparently with its own class.

God forbid a client ever gets their hands on this, then expects a ‘quick change on the cheap’, “You know, because I've done most of the work myself...”

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US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot

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Grenade

'XRG-25'?

And, coïncidentally..

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/10/xm_25_2014_timeline/

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Boffin

More info, please?

"comically, several years ago, a physics student built one in his university basement, as a hobby, that far outstripped anything the navy had built up to then".

I don't suppose you've got a link to this handy, do you? I'm interested to know more! :)

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Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display

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Whilst 4:3 is fair enough for the drawing area itself (similar to typical paper ratios), the advantage with a widescreen interface would be in the side docking of the tool panels in Illy or PS - personally I can't abide hiding tools away under rollovers.

Does anyone have a take on why these things are so darned expensive?

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As for games - I tried my old and non-displayed Wacom years ago on a few - as you'd imagine, totally useless in FPS, but it was pretty damn good for RTS.

Now then, a large displayed version of Apple's Magic Trackpad thing along with the whole gestural handtweaking thing would (in the gamer parlance) 'totally pwn' RTS.

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Newtonian Rock shop leaks iPad prices

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Gib

I'd just like to add that, despite Gib's reputation as a cheap booze and cig stop off on the day tours around southern Spain, its shops suffer from eye-wateringly expensive, typically outmoded computer tech.

Afaik, people there tend to either order from mainland UK or pop over to Spain for computers and such. Conversely, Spaniards pop in to Gib to stock up on cheese and umbrellas, illicitly stuffing 200s of ciggies into their grunts as they wobble back across the border.

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Murdoch tells old media to 'stand up' to Google, Bing

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Typo or Sardony?

"Recently News Corp has been mulling blocking Google from displaying its news, but no such action has been taken against the media giant yet."

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Nuclear synthi-jetfuel plants wanted for US Afghan bases

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Terminator

Carbon Harvesting?

Couple a field generator module with fleets of this kind of tech .. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/20/eatr_veggie/ .. and we're descending into the murky depths of Real Time Strategy game dystopia.

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