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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

albaleo

Re: Can't quite put my finger on why...

It reminds me of something, but I can't remember what exactly.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

albaleo

Re: Easy to make

It's not meant to taste like real coffee. If, like me, you require a constant infusion of caffeine and hot liquid during the working day, "real" coffee isn't an option anyway. Recently I've got into the art of instant coffee blending. My current favourite is equal parts Carte Noir (when available on offer) and Tesco Gold.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

albaleo

Re: Mad

"He has been given those assurances"

Really. I don't recall seeing that reported in The Register where they generally like to report on his arrogant behavior.

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albaleo

Re: Mad

"a seriously slippery slope "

Why? However much of an arse he is, his rights and fears shouldn't be subjugated to the comfort of the state. He has voiced a fear that he would be extradited to the US should he return to Sweden. Sweden seems to have done nothing to allay those fears. They could interview him in London, or issue an assurance that he wouldn't be extradited after being interviewed in Sweden. Surely that's not such a big deal. And then it would fall to Assange to show how much honour he has.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

albaleo

Re: I really, really, hate that word

I'm not sure I agree.

A boffin is always potentially dangerous. They are not motivated by altruism of any kind such as doing social good or saving the planet. Seeking knowledge and finding out if something is possible are all that count. So on climate science, and the question of whether increased CO2 will warm the atmosphere, a run of the mill climate scientist will warn us to reduce CO2 emissions. Our climate boffin on the other hand is more likely to start pumping CO2 into the atmosphere to see if it is true or not.

A useful boffin will always have a kind and sensible spouse who makes sure things don't get out of hand.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

albaleo

Re: Don't blame the Americans

"They are some of the nicest people you will meet."

I agree.

"It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to deny evolution, or a lack of decent education standards."

Or perhaps it's passive coercion of thought - believe what your peers believe. I'm interested in what "decent education standards" might mean in relation to evolution. Should it be taught as a fact (the truth) or should students be presented with a range of ideas and evidence and be allowed to make up their own minds?

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albaleo

"I see - you don't find it even slightly worrying that these individuals are trying to have their surreal delusions taught as fact in science classes"

I was commenting on whacky beliefs. There was no question in the survey asking whether creationism should be taught in science classes. I understand that as many people worldwide believe in ghosts as believe in gods. I view both ideas in the same way.

"or how about something weighing the risk of vaccination against the risk of contracting the condition it should prevent"

Sure, but it would be a slightly different question. "Vaccination is generally safe and effective." versus "The benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks." The first is more in line with the survey's theme - the second is more a comment on policy than scientific understanding. Someone might agree that vaccines are generally safe but not always accept that the benefits outweigh the risks - for example, the chickenpox vaccine.

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albaleo

I probably have more respect for those who are very confident that the world is 6000 years old than those who are confident that vaccines are "safe and effective". The former group's beliefs are based on fantasy. Weird, but not so worrying. The latter group seem to be straight out of some Brave New World where we believe what we're told. If they'd asked if they were "generally safe and effective", I might have felt able to answer the question. But surely anyone with any respect for science is not going to accept any absolute claim about anything.

Anyone labelling me an antivaxer will make 100113.1537's point.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

albaleo

Re: Methane breaks down faster than CO2...

"I'd think they would mine that stuff"

It seems some are trying.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/9924836/Japan-cracks-seabed-ice-gas-in-dramatic-leap-for-global-energy.html

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

albaleo

Re: Pronouciation

"basically, their alphabet has the R consonant, but not the L"

Kind of, but a Japanese "r" is not the same as an English "r" and in some ways is similar to a "d". An English "r" usually involves no contact between the tongue and palette (except when rolling like a true Scotsman). A Japanese 'r' usually involves a short touch, but not as firm as with a "d".

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

albaleo

Some things should be left until big school

I'm not sure primary school is the right place for learning to code or learning other difficult things. At primary school in the 60s, I didn't learn any 'science' except for a single lesson in the final year (more about that below). Yet I often wondered about things in the natural world. For example, I would often wonder whether a ball bearing could be cut in half, or whether it was some indivisible thing. More perversely, I sometimes wondered what I would see if I cut my thumb off. At my first science lesson at secondary, I was told everything was made from atoms. It explained so much of what I didn't know and wondered about. And more importantly, it made sense to me. I don't think I would have appreciated that lesson as much if I'd been told at age 7 that everything was made from atoms.

The single 'science' lesson we had at primary didn't actually teach or explain anything. Rather, it let us explore some interesting things (which is heavier, water or sand, etc.) The killer thing was being asked whether water could flow uphill, and then being shown how to syphon water from one bucket to another. That sealed things for me, science was more magical than Jesus. :-)

Rather than being taught how to code, are there not better activities for primary school that would make learning to code at secondary much more understandable and rewarding?

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iFrame attack injects code via PNGs

albaleo

Re: So the user doesn't notice anything happening

But the code embedded in the png doesn't appear malicious in itself. I'm assuming the malicious code is at the url pointed too by the iFrame src attribute. Is security based merely on scanning urls in the original web page?

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albaleo

So the user doesn't notice anything happening

Naive questions... (gentle answers please)

I don't see what's so special about this form of attack. (perhaps not enough coffee yet) The code to execute is embedded in a png. But presumably it could be embedded anywhere, for example in the text of a hidden element. Or perhaps not hidden at all. Creating an iFrame and setting a src for it is apparently a legitimate practice. Is there any reason the user should notice, whether done in a sneaky fashion or otherwise?

Is the issue not more about the code that is eventually loaded into the iFrame. If it is allowed to perform some mischief, are we not already potentially doomed by any web page?

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This one time at Apple Camp... Tech titan offers to school US fanbois on coding

albaleo

Re: blend o' skills...

"Am I the only one that thinks you can just "get" computing"

I've found it requires tremendous amounts of constructive cursing. If you didn't learn to swear like a good'un at school, you may be at a disadvantage.

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Solar enthusiasts rays idea of 'leccy farms on MOON, drones

albaleo

I think the Japanese company is called Shimizu, not Shimzu. (Although they seem to be using 'Shimz' as their logo.)

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Gold meddler: Doctor Who is 50 years old TODAY

albaleo

50 years ago, I wasn't allowed to watch the first episode. (Something else on, Dr. Finlay's Casebook or some other crap, I don't remember but I'm sure some fellow abused child will inform me). And today, the family won't let me watch because X-Factor is on. Fuck, I've spent my whole life as a wimp.

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TOXIC DOLPHIN SANDWICH on the menu, say hacktivists

albaleo

Re: The numbers don't add up

Oops, a bit early in the week for mental arithmetic. Should be about $2,750,000 dollars.

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albaleo

Re: The numbers don't add up

Figures at the link below show exports in 2010 were worth 276,950,000 yen, which is approximately $275,000 (at today's rates). So yes, it looks like they may be making shit up, and then some.

http://en.elsaenc.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/ELSA-Number_of_Dolphins_Exported_from_Japan.pdf

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Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

albaleo

Re: @Gives a whole new image

And would that image be a picture of George Clooney or Brad Pitt or whoever she's thinking of?

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

albaleo

Re: Sounds like sour grapes to me

Slight correction...

Those who can, do

Those who can't, teach

For those who can't teach, there's always journalism

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

albaleo

"love is a stative verb"

I'm not sure we can say that English grammar has the concept of stative verbs. The distinction between stative and dynamic verbs is just a matter of semantics and logic. They conjugate in the same way. This is probably why we have verbs that can have both a stative and dynamic sense. For example, "I have a plate." and "I'm having a plate of chips."

"I'm loving the discussion." seems more economic than "I'm enjoying the discussion so much that I have stained my underpants." McDonalds apparently came to the same conclusion.

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

albaleo

Painting agnostics as wishy-washy

'Don't forget that agnosticism is honest because it says "we don't know if there is a God or if there isn't".'

That's a wishy-washy interpretation of agnosticism. A better interpretation of agnosticism would be, 'I see no solid evidence for a god so I don't believe in one.'

The 'don't know' part of agnosticism doesn't mean it's a 50-50 thing. I don't know for sure that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, but evidence and reason tells me it will.

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

albaleo

Re: The "experience" experience

"It's results that count."

Except when they come in a Powerpoint presentation.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

albaleo

Re: Unicode needs to be taken out back and shot

"the full width "A" should not be U+FF21, it should be decimal 65 with the renderer deciding if it should be full width or not."

I'm not sure I agree. How does the renderer decide? For example, in the following (if it displays), where English and Japanese are mixed, and the second upper-case A is part of a Japanese name.

A great future at Aテック.

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albaleo

Make 'em pay

Isn't utf-8 just a new form of the Flanders imperialism? One-byte characters for us chaps, and some other variable number for the funny writing people. It's just a plot to rule the world by keeping their bandwidth costs high.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

albaleo

Re: Clueless Analysts

Point taken about the status thing. But for the man with everything, assuming he has five mistresses too, a 5c in each colour might be appealing.

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RADIATION SNATCHED from leaky microwave ovens to power gadgets

albaleo

Is it really wasted energy?

"all from energy that would otherwise be wasted"

Genuine question. For example, does the leaked energy have no effect in heating the house, or curing acne, or whatever?

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

albaleo

Boring you all to death (and you too El Reg)

It's all about the apps . Do you El Reg guys really fondle hardware. I thought you were jesting.

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

albaleo

Be thankful

I don't understand the strong emotions displayed here. Most of us have been fortunate to live in times when companies were built on the passion of the founders for the products they delivered. HP, Bill Gates, SteveJobs, Larry Ellison, etc., even the Facebook guy. When they go, the company faces problems. What should drive the company now? This is nothing new - look at Ford, Sony, Panasonic, and many more. Hate Balmer if you want, but putting 'the blame' on him makes no sense. Just be thankful we got to witness these weird and wonderful companies in their beginnings.

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1,100 haiku heading to Mars on next NASA mission

albaleo

Stressed out

This syllable thing doesn't really work in English. Japanese is a syllable-timed language with each syllable using more or less the same time. In contrast, English is a stress-timed language. A more interesting task would be to make haiku in English using only stressed syllables. Like this:

"This red rock place holds

Five more clues where free dogs roam

Round dark light space walks"

With luck, that should put a stop to this haiku craze.

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

albaleo

Re: What's the problem?

I notice that part wasn't quoted (i.e. no quote marks) in the article. Any reason for that?

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Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

albaleo

Re: It only applies to women - apparently

'The ridiculous "political correctness" approach of constantly using he/she...'

As opposed to some other form of correctness by using 'he' when gender is unspecified? I tend to use 'he/she' in more formal writing, not for its elegance or its political correctness, but because I find it more accurate. I use 'they' in less formal writing and probably in speech. Perhaps I should use it all the time. It was good enough for Shakespeare. And if it pisses off those who believe there are 'correct' and 'incorrect' forms of grammar, all the better.

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

albaleo

We know who Apple are...

....but 'Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster'

Have you ever tried tracking the ownership of these publishing companies? Not today, but at the time of the 'incident' in question in 2010. Example: About Macmillan from Wikipedia:

"Pearson acquired the Macmillan name in America in 1998, following its purchase of the Simon & Schuster educational and professional group (which included various Macmillan properties).[6] Holtzbrinck purchased it from them in 2001.[7] McGraw-Hill continues to market its pre-kindergarten through elementary school titles under its Macmillan/McGraw-Hill brand. U.S. operations of Georg von Holtzbrinck are now known as Macmillan."

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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

albaleo

NEC 9801

With so much attention to Japanese companies, why no mention of NEC and its 9801 models. From the early 80s, this series completely dominated the Japanese PC market, and probably accounts for Japan's later weakness in the global computer business. I guess I'm missing something. But I know who Matsuda Seiko is.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

albaleo

Re: climate an weather

"it was cold this winter..."

Isn't a whole season's weather some kind of indicator of climate? And of course everyone confuses climate and weather. It's confusing. If climate is a long term average of weather, climate can only change if the weather changes. So all those climate change scientists are really looking at things that change the weather. Perhaps they should be called "things that change the weather and therefore change the climate" scientists.

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'I can’t believe Jobs made the statement … Incredibly stupid'

albaleo

Re: Trivia @Stuart Longland, @Don Jefe

"Here in the States it is a light tan color: Like the color of a middle managers slacks :)"

Yeah, OK. But what color is khaki in the States?

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

albaleo

More specs on the screens, please. You mention the IPS screen on the iMac but not for the others. I'd have thought that if buying an all-in-one, screen quality is important. I'm probably out of touch with recent screen technology, but I work with an old model Dell IPS monitor and a newer ViewSonic non-IPS monitor. While the ViewSonic does a pretty good job with video and flashy stuff, looking at it for more than a few minutes when working with text is horrible compared to the Dell.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

albaleo

Sad news.

I've probably read Excession and The Player of Games more times than is good for you. In some ways like Superman comics for adults without the red kryptonite. The comfort of a ship's mind is hard to beat.

Thanks Iain for making my life that bit more enjoyable.

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Stop excluding vulnerable Brits from digital agenda - MPs

albaleo

Why are the elderly and disabled lumped together?

I'm often surprised by how many of the elderly people I meet use the internet a lot. And an older-than-me neighbour has a fairly incisive view that sums up what it's all about. (paraphrasing) " When you're having a discussion with friends about how old Cilla Black is, we can settle the argument in seconds."

But "the disabled" is a whole something else. I know one disabled person who has never used the internet. She has also never used a telephone, or shopped by herself in Tesco. The old argument doesn't change. Don't fret about what the disabled can't do. If you are really concerned, increase the number of things they can do.

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

albaleo

Re: I'm all for it

"I'd rather die young and happy than old with dementia "

In the modern state, you will be able to do both.

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Asian political activists whacked in Mac backdoor hack attack

albaleo

the community

"The community has long desired independence from Chinese rule."

Any kind of evidence to back that up?

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UK minister: 'There must be a limit to what the gov knows about its people'

albaleo

"At the beginning of the last century you could still stand up to a government"

Great times indeed, unless you were a woman, or Irish, or poor, or a subject of Her Majesty's colonial administration.

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

albaleo

disappointing

The sounds like the voice of an ad agency. Clever, funny, cool, and so on. But I don't get the feeling this is a message from Samsung. It's disappointing. Say what you like about Apple, they're not slow to give an opinion or take action to support their 'beliefs'. (sorry, can't think of a better word right now) Apple says it's right to protect their designs and other IP. They persuade media companies to drop the drm on their products that are sold through the iTunes store because they say it helps everybody. Apple has an opinion. I haven't a clue about Samsung.

Some guys from Samsung in Korea saying what they think of Apple would have been much more powerful.

Yeah, I know. It's TV. It's the USA. But still...

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

albaleo

Re: I sense a lawsuit

They are rounded corners, being quarter-circle shaped usually. It would take 5 slices of lorne sausage and four potato scones before encroaching into legal and medical danger.

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Cheaper, slimmer Google Nexus 7 rumored for Q1 2013

albaleo

Re: lets just modify a typical Fandroid commentard on an iPad article

"since newer releases of Android will still run on older phones. Not so with iPhones."

All right. Enough. That sounds like the comment I expect from a Dixon's employee.

I don't have an iPhone. (I have a nexus S) But my daughter just updated her 2-year old iPhone to iOS6 (or whatever the latest version is). She said it was easy.

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Super-thin iMacs WILL be here for Xmas, cram warehouses even NOW

albaleo

The main advantage is that there is no alternative. (Pity. I eventually liked the chunky white ones from a few years ago.)

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Woz: Microsoft's innovation lead 'worries me greatly'

albaleo

"citing the years between Steve Jobs' exit and return, when the company focused on simply improving products rather that creating anything new"

OK, I'm getting old and my memory is fuzzy, but in that period I recall things such as Open Doc, the Newton, Cyberdog, publish and subscribe (wasn't that cool?), taligent (whatever that was), and perhaps even a cure for cancer. I don't think there was a problem with creating. There was certainly a problem with delivering.

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Did hackers uncover Petraeus' saucy affair webmails before FBI?

albaleo

Sex at sixty

Nothing to do with morality. Having sex at sixty implies doping. He should have stuck to dressing up in women's clothing. No chemicals required for that.

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Quarter of Brits don't believe that cell towers improve phone reception

albaleo

"which makes one wonder how the rest think cellular phones work"

By holding them the right way, of course.

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