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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Re: Self-powering?

I think they are suggesting that the engine can self sustain (like a car engine) until the fuel is spent, rather than need an external source of power (like a big battery).

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It's BANKS v TELCOs: Mobe payments systems go head-to-head

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DPA

So could I type in a mobile number and then magically be given a name associated with that number? I don't think I will register my number then thanks. Facebook do a similar thing which is well handy for stalkers.

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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50's Lathe

That would be a milling machine. At last my CAD/CAE education has found a use, 22 years later!

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Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

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Re: Mmm.

I prefer to use an owl.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hBpF_Zj4OA

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

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Big Brother

All your computer data for an online tool, or...

Your soul if you dare set foot in the pallet warehouse itself!

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Bottom falls out of Nokia's network rump

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Philips

Made a lot more than mobile phones. Nokia used to make other stuff too, but alas their tyre division is no more either (much is the pity, their tyres were good).

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Let Google's tentacles fondle your mobile's web downloads and Chrome will put the data on a diet

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Re: Not just Opera Mini...

indeed. Very handy!

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handy

for all those sites your friendly neighbourhood government deems unfit for your consumption.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Re: Am I the only person who still buys toilet paper?

No can do here in my building. It's all in those big plastic anti-pilfer dispensing systems. Also, it is cheap and non-absorbent. I do try to ablute in work, as I am being paid for it, but security would get suspicious if I tried going home with a massive roll of tracing paper.

I did live in a shared house with a bloke who made a point of never buying bog-roll. Not sure what was so embarrassing to him about it but I ended up having to keep my own stash so he wouldn't nick it. He was a short-arms, Long pockets type who was first out the taxi, last to the bar...

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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FAIL

Boffin?

I think her work is flawed if her only check was " some people gave up halfway through". Everyone here thinks this so-called tongue twister is far easier than the local classic "Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead"

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Home server/NAS

If this had been available while I was building my home server, I may have considered it. It costs about the same as my server did (sans disks), but uses less juice and is quieter. Stuff like this is getting cheaper and more usable quicker than I care to think about.

I don't recall MS ever making their home server OS available to individuals, just to systems builders, so not sure about the whole "old PC retask", unless you are taking about the Beta version. I use win 7 on my server so can use it with all the online content options, it also has esata, USB 3, gigabit ethernet AND Wireless N connectivity (should I suddenly cut through my cables) , and a blu-ray writer in there to allow both BD playback and archive of the more vital files. For the money it is good and I like my solution, but it was build out of a lack of other affordable solutions at the time. I would have considered a NAS like this one though.

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SILENCE of the OWLS may mean real-life 'Whisper Mode' for Black Helicopters

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Cavitation.

That is a problem that owls don't have to contend with, so I don't see how they will help make submarines quiet. Unless there are owls I don't know about...

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: 30% seems high to me

I only know one. He listens to Radio 4 and Classic on it, so it doesn't need to be a DAB. he also moans because the sound quality is terrible (maybe because it is between his router and a fridge freezer in his man-cave). He could use FM, but he cant work out how to tune it due to the combination of him being old and the instructions being in Changilsh.

I would use DAB, but only in the car, and I aint paying £100+ to get a dab installed. If FM disappears, I will Bluetooth stream internet radio (or my own mp3s) on the £50 bluetooth enabled head unit I have now.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

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A tard...

A WWII fighter pilot could have died at any point after the start of the war. Presumably Jobsy thought he was one because of his urge to pull back on the wheel and fly his car, though how he arrived at this being from WWII I don't know. To my knowledge, no fighter planes of the second world war had a two-handed wheel or yoke. Most had a joystick and the spitfire had a round one-handed wheel (on the end of a joystick). Two hands on the wheel would be more akin to a bomber or transport, which is why Jobsy "sexed it up" to make it sound more exciting...

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

SuperTim

Re: "Remained faithful"?

I doubt that anyone remained "faithful". Pirates will get their content where they can, and there are a LOT of other sites out there. A bit of a pyrrhic victory closing a site that hasn't linked to anything useful in 2 years...

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

SuperTim

Re: Even assuming the Swedish allegations are false and are dropped...

explain how pointing out an opportunity means that the US are definitely going to take it. I was merely suggesting that the UK requirement for evidence is so flimsy that the US only has to ask and we would happily hand him over (unless he claims to have aspergers, in which case a 10 year fight will ensue).

I think that if they had wanted him, they would have got him long before he decided to imprison himself. I personally think he is unhappy at rape thing.

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Re: Even assuming the Swedish allegations are false and are dropped...

Indeed. What he did, in fleeing to the embassy, will require him to be investigated by the British police (no doubt under caution). This will give the US ample opportunity to "suggest" that he needs to be handed over. I don't know if he is a rapist or not, but his self-imposed exile can only end two ways. Death or arrest.

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Apple brings iCloud bookmark sync to Windows

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Apple Chrome cloud bookmark sync?

Doesn't Chrome already sync bookmarks anyway? Mine does between my PC my media server and my phone already. I am confused....

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Chap unrolls 'USB condom' to protect against viruses

SuperTim

Seems like a good idea...

but stuffing a slip of paper in the plug to cover the middle two connectors would also do the job wouldn't it?

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Apple ships new iPods in 'SPAAAAACE ... Gray'

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Re: Space Gray

But confusingly, all stars are black-body emitters! so are they not "black"?

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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Happy

GAGA

Ground Activated Guillotine Apparatus

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

SuperTim

Re: Probably didn't look too hard

I got mine from the Nook site a week after they started selling them for £29. The big problem was the God-awful ordering system, rather than B+N not having the stock. First time was out of stock, but no way of waiting until stock came in, so a reorder a couple of days later and hey-presto. A cheap but pretty handy e-reader for £29 quid and I was actually quite happy (which isn't like me at all)

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

SuperTim

Re: Connecting from 10km up.

I will grant you that that up wasn't the direction that what was planned, but the cell sites do pick up phones in aircraft with no issue. The problem is that it isn't just one cell, its 10 or 12 and that's where the problem lies.

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SuperTim

Connecting from 10km up.

That is not so much of a problem, as anyone in Kent will testify when they get French networks. The biggest problem that aircraft cellphone usage causes is that of "hand-off" between base stations on the ground. When you are flying at 500mph and all base stations below you give off a similar signal strength, the phone will hop around the network really fast. You don't normally travel that fast on the ground so it isn't as much of an issue, but if a planeful of people all start yacking at the same time, the network is likely to throw a bit of a wobbler.

Until someone hijacks an aircraft with a cellphone and then they will be on the no-fly list, along with soft French cheese (as I found out recently).

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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Joke

I'm OK

I use CAT6 so don't have to worry about either end of a CAT5...

I am dead ace at the interweb and know where all my megabytes are going to on my hard drive or laptop.

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

SuperTim

Men in Black, Girls in Black...etc.

His own site uses such silly measurements

"Ubuntu 13.04, 64-bit, 614 MiB of RAM, 8 GiB storage. It’s an ec2 micro instance."

Don't beat yourself up about the error, you were reporting facts!

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

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Re: Did I create an account just to call this guy a bellend of the highest order?

I see you have quickly adopted the general tone of comments for stories like this. You may wish to put the word "Bellend" on a keyboard shortcut for future commenting.

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Giant human-powered quadricopter wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

SuperTim

Re: hmmm...

The idea is that it doesn't use forward movement to translate into lift (like the gossamer albatross). Helicopters can increase lift if they are moving so a true test of human power is for it to be relatively stationary. It also demonstrates some degree of control.

I think it was a great achievement, made to look a bit too easy!

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

SuperTim

These poor DWP employees...

Should consider themselves lucky that the Gummint is so incompetent that they require a large pool of staff to shore-up this creaking catastrophe. A load of them have been laid off (not the generals, just the cannon-fodder). Some of them are very skilled and so were rightly booted out in favour of keeping the expense fiddling Mandarins. A friend of mine is now on this here minimum wage in a menial job, which is a waste of her considerable talent.

I love politics, if it weren't for my damn conscience I thing I could go a long way!

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Barnes & Noble chief walks as Nook ereader stumbles

SuperTim

Customer Service

"I wouldn't expect any customer service for a £29 device unless it was faulty."

If their customer service is that bad for the device you are attempting to buy, what is the likelihood of getting any customer service at all when trying to buy books a quarter of the price? Customer service is seemingly underrated by many companies these days.

My experience with the Nook website was pretty dire but they did eventually sort it out and I have to say that for £29, the simpletouch is a great e-reader. I don't use the nook store though.

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Hitch climate tax to the ACTUAL CLIMATE, says top economist

SuperTim

Nice idea but...

“Sceptics who do not believe in global warming will not expect the tax to go up, and might even expect it to go down. Those convinced we are in for rapid warming will expect the tax to rise quickly in the years ahead,” McKitrick explains in a paper outlining the idea.

Sceptics don't say that temperatures are not rising. They are sceptical about it being man-made. Taxing people based on the assumption that suddenly stopping carbon emissions will miraculously halt the rising temperatures could be seen to be a folly if it doesn't make any impact. Also, good luck getting the entire world to agree to a single tax based on evidence which WILL then be disputed (as it suddenly becomes economically viable to challenge it).

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

SuperTim

Re: New name for SkyDrive

Microdrive is an Hitachi trademark IIRC.

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SuperTim

I can see the issue.

Something being in "the cloud" is not in "the sky", and just refers to a "cloud" of connected online servers and storage. MS trying to allude that "clouds" and "sky" are related seems a bit of clutching at straws and that BSkyB having an ISP which may offer storage means that they would have a "skydrive" in the way that google have a "googledrive".

So I kind of see it. I am not confused but I supposed they have to assume that someone will make the error and assume that MS is now a front for Murdoch and his evil henchmen.

Google now literally having the internet attached to balloons in the sky may only cause further confusion though!

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Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER

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Facepalm

His legal status.

It is my understanding that even if Sweden doesn't want him any more, he has still broken the law by not surrendering to bail. I think that he is now in a very awkward position. Even if he is not guilty of any kind of rape, he is now at risk of legal proceedings in the UK for his absconding.

His liberty will forever be restricted because of his actions. His likely punishment for absconding would be light, if the EAW was withdrawn, but it would put him in legal custody long enough for him to be extradited to the US on whatever charge he appear to think they want him for (which has not ever been mentioned by the US or UK authorities as even existing). I think he is martyring himself and I don't think it reflects well on him.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

SuperTim

Yes

I believe that was the portmanteau.

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SuperTim

Sounds like Complan...

Except repackaged for the morbidly curious sickos who think they may be eating people.

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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

SuperTim

"You can easily buy it with one click!"

Thanks, Apple, for making it easier to give you my money. I am glad you have my interests at heart!

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Unemployed? Ugly? Ugh, no thanks, says fitties-only job website

SuperTim

Re: I am a munter

I know what you mean. Lovely attractive people are great, but I don't want to have to pick up their slack. I suspect that companies such as hollister or Abercrumble and fish will be looking for their next snot-nosed shop assistants via this site.

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SuperTim

Re: Poll

No, but he sure looks like he is up his own árse.

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'Nothing will convince a kid that's never worn glasses to wear them'

SuperTim

Re: Glasses.

You don't need to "dig out" a wrist watch. you simply lift your arm until it comes into view. Unless you are wearing long sleeves and gloves, watches are quite easy to view. operation may be an issue on something small, along with battery life.

I would like a HUD, but one that doesn't require me to look like a cyborg,

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SuperTim
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Re: Glasses.

Thanks Charles, It was what I was going for...Originally invented around the same time as "insania" and for obvious reasons.

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SuperTim

Glasses.

I have never worn them (apart from looking crucial in shades, obviously) so I would not want to wear a google-glass device, even if it does give me a cool Head-up display type experience. A smarter watch? Maybe, as a do wear one of those and it currently only tells me the time.

I can't comprehend these hipsters who wear glasses frames with no lenses for "fashion" purposes. It makes them look like a "Twunt".

I suppose I am still waiting for the Arthur C Clarke inspired "Brain Cap".

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

SuperTim

Re: Hard G, Mr Wilhite (what sort of name is that anyway?)

What's your take on people who say "LCD Display" then?

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SuperTim
Headmaster

Re: nah mate

I pronounce it like in the word "while" as heard here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqnFnWSYzaQ

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

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Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

SuperTim
Devil

Re: All aboard the hype train. First stop WDC...

Troll icon is happy with his work...Hooked an AC easy peasy!

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SuperTim
Trollface

Re: All aboard the hype train. First stop WDC...

He is visionary, he uses his vision to look at old braun designs!

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

SuperTim

Re: University weeks...

@deshepherd. Our works canteen does that, and when it becomes unpalatable it then becomes <homogenised bland food product> curry. I go home for my lunch and dine like a prince!

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SuperTim

Re: University weeks...

@wowfood...

Chicken? That's like...meat...Shame on you... I bet you weren't even a pallid gaunt spotty mess and had energy and stuff.

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SuperTim

Re: University weeks...

@Jack, Nelson Mandela is quite a popular name for Student Union Buildings, so it could be Sheffield, or not....I am being vague, ey up ecky thump....

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