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3226 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google: YouTube fights off HUGE ASCII PHALLUS MENACE

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Re: Get rid of crappy google+

"The stuff they make themselves (wave, video, etc) is generally a pile of shite."

iGoogle and Google Reader were fantastic. I've no idea how their borg collective hive-mind works.

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

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The response (in my dreams)

Just before Christmas, an advert appears on prime-time TV, peak viewing hours:

An office desk, with a laptop on it, running Windows, Larry Page and Tim Cook walk on-scene from opposite sides and both look at the laptop. They look at each other and say, "Windows!". They both turn to the camera and say, "It's a pile of shit." (The end).

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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History

I once saw the famous PEN 15 on a car in the late 70's. I can't even remember what car it was on. Is that still around/allowed? (You have to ask questions about the character of someone who wants that on their car.)

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Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

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"... workarounds to such bans are a few clicks away online."

I would assume that the majority of casual downloaders (in the general public) wouldn't be able to find them easily. I have difficulty finding them and I regard myself as fairly savvy in this area. Do the ISPs keep any record of how many 'blocks' they initiate?

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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

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Sauce for the goose .....

It's quite right that any hypocrisy or double standards of public figures and major 'players' should be exposed in this way. So, can the NSA please release details of the internet habits of all senior western politicians, since I believe we have a right to know. They do work for us you know and I'd have serious doubts if any employee of mine was involved in unsavoury online activities.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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@Bladeforce Re: Another example of how..

Are you saying that Microsoft used strongARM tactics?

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IDC's explicit snapshot: Everyone who's anyone in object storage: In 3D

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re. 3D

I tried wearing the bi-coloured plastic glasses but I couldn't see any 3D effect. Am I doing it wrong?

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

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Re: Expansion

Maybe they run a RAID-1 type arrangement with another rack, far away, as a mirror. Or something like that.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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He should have used Pringles tubes

They're traditional, for a good reason.

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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Re: @Steven Smoke on the water vapour

If you're interested and in the UK, I recommend that you look at Vapeland and Liberty-Flights. If you do a Google search for e-cigs, e-cigarettes, etc. then you'll find loads of links and you'll easily be able to tell which are 'tabloid' type sites and which are the serious forum type of site.

My personal recommendation is that you start with the plastic-ciggie ones from Asda and learn how to take the end cap off the cartridges for refilling (hint - use a short stubby screw and a pair of pliers). Get 24mg strength e-juice and dilute it with glycerine, from the high street chemist, to knock it down to about 18mg strength, or whatever. Use a syringe or a needle capped plastic bottle to inject the e-juice down the side of the casing. I use a strong 'pipe' flavour mixed with caramel flavour - it's all personal taste and experimentation.

If you get fed up with the regular recharging and refilling with plastic ciggies, splash out on a twin-pack of eGo-T style of systems from Vapeland. They supply e-juice as well, as do many internet based sites.

I have no connection with any supplier of e-cigs, etc. This is all my personal experience and opinion.

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Re: @Steven Smoke on the water vapour

The trading standards authority is only concerned with advertisments directed at the general public (and the quality of delivered items compared to stated quality, etc). E-cig adverts don't make any statement about the composition of the vapour and are careful to state that e-cigs are a substitute for smoking tobacco and that they contain nicotine and that if you don't use nicotine then you should not use e-cigs - all good stuff and no problem.

When I first started with e-cigs, last year, I did a lot of 'internet research' on them and I found that the 'serious' websites, usually run by the suppliers of e-juice and e-cig components, had very good explanations of how they worked and what they produced.

However, the tabloid press types of websites stated that the e-cigs produced mainly water vapour. This was repeated all over the internet on these types of sites. I've no idea why this is and I was amazed that the UK NHS website made exactly the same incorrect statement. It may be that at an early stage, somebody did say that it was 'like inhaling water vapour' (which it isn't) but I have no idea how this 'meme' started.

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@Steven Re: Smoke on the water vapour

The pale grey clouds produced by e-cigs are not water vapour. They are a 'fog' of glycerine and propylene glycol. (Visible steam from a kettle is a fog of water). For some reason, a longish time ago, somebody on the internet stated that the e-cig stuff was mainly water vapour, which is obviously incorrect by any rational analysis. If you read internet articles about e-cigs you will find that exact same statement repeated all over the place, with very similar wording - it's an internet meme, or lazy journalism, call it what you will.

I am not making any statements about the health aspects of e-cigs. I am simply stating what should be obvious after any rational analysis.

Note: if you did heat glycerine and propylene glycol up so much that it 'transmorgified', it would probably produce something very nasty indeed.

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Smoke on the water vapour

"Instead of smoke, the vapour is nearly all water vapour,..."

This statement is repeated on every website article I've seen and also in the UK NHS website articles.

How can it be that a mixture of glycerine and propylene glycol, when heated, produces water vapour??

The answer is that it doesn't, it produces glycerine and propylene glycol vapour. I am amazed that the false statement about 'water vapour' has been repeated all over the internet. (There is a small amount of water added to the mixture to make it easier to flow when filling and for wick wetting.)

Note: I use the Ego-T and the plastic ciggy models and I've figured out how to refill the cartidges that you can buy cheaply in Asda. I mix my own e-juice and prefer the plastic ciggy for the 'natural' feel, but they don't last anywhere near as long as an Ego-T on a full charge and a full tank.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

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re. "(the politically acceptable phrase is "turnkey", by the way):"

The obvious phrase is "turkey".

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New NSA leak reveals invasion of the management consultants

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re. "untethered"

The chains we make for ourselves are the strongest chains of all.

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Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

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Re: I'll use it for gaming at least

"... I'd get hung up on things behind me."

It should be easy enough to put a rear-view mirror at the top of the display? Everybody who drives a car would be able to accept that.

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

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re. @Number10gov

Will this account be handed over to David Cameron's replacement, when the time comes? If so, can it be wiped/reset so the new Prime Minister doesn't have to go through it removing things he disagrees with?

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

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Re: They have some serious uses

If it was made off-site how long did she have to wait for it to be delivered and fitted? I assume her milled down tooth was scanned at the dentist and the scanned data sent out for manufacture. No temporary crown, so how long was she waiting with a 'red raw stump' until her crown could be finally fitted?

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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Re: Frustrating

re. keeping cookies open/active: Firefox: Edit > Preferences > Privacy -> Exceptions button

This lets you specify which cookies are always/never/temporarily allowed.

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Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float

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Re: to IPO

'The last time I checked, ....' or 'When I last checked, ...' would be correct.

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Men have LARGE APPENDAGES, are OXYGEN THIEVES: Science

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Biomechanics?

If you wanted to get good air flow through a nose, you'd make (evolve) it to be short with wide nostrils.

Is it possisble that the larger male nose is intended partly for sexual signalling. It sounds fanciful to modern minds, but consider prehistoric hunter-gatherers grouped together in the middle of winter. They'd be wrapped up in identical looking thick furs with long untidy hair and the only distinguishing features would be their grimy faces. Eyebrows, mouths and chins (in general) show sex related differences in appearance, so why not noses too?

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From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

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What about 'Crimbo' (Chrimbo?)

Did the Aussies make that one up?

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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@Chemist

I think he's had an idea for the spray on coating, .... dealing with enlargement ..... etc.

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Re: ...

Why don't they just disconnect the data cables to the dark internet?

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SuperStride Me: Reg hack spends week working at 'treadmill desk'

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It needs an adjustable incline

That would be interesting :)

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Re: OK, safety first...

Ahhh but ...... you know what will happen when the servers realise there is a kill circuit that they have no control over.

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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

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Re: Nice !

He did leave, but he left in a TARDIS, so it gets complicated.

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WHO was it that TAMED the WOLF? Heel, Rex! No! Aarrghh!

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Re: It may be a dumb question but ...

Since dogs tend to follow human populations around (or get dragged along), then the modern European dog may well have mixed ancestry and any separate domestication/evolution could have been muddied in the past during the many human migrations.

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'Scientists are coming to space with USBs which are infected'

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Happy

Winter is coming

So is Black Friday.

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Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

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Motive

It was looking for warmth and companionship that the humans never gave it and the stove was hot stuff.

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Huge Antarctic iceberg: 1 Singapore? 8 Manhattans? This is CHAOS

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Re: Optional

I live in fear of the TeraJug. It will come one day.

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Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

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Re: Get nothing for free

I've been using gmail for about 7 years and used that account to sign in to Android for 3 years (2 x HTC phones and now a Nexus 4) and have that account as my google wallet. I've never had any spam from Google. I use AdBlock on my browser and on my Android phone. Is any of this significant or useful to you? You did say it was an Android phone from China?

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Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

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I watched the video

That was some weird s**t. (Right at the end.) I found the entire situation there, as presented, to be very alienating and depressing.

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MIT boffins show off spooky human action at a distance

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future scenarios in which “medical imaging ..."

Telemedicalonics

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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Don't panic, until we tell you to.

" Microsoft said failure to migrate would mean banks not being able to support biometric readers, ...."

Isn't this about drivers for the readers? If so, the manufacturers had better write some XP drivers; or maybe Linux drivers :)

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Europe, SAVE US! Patriot Act author begs for help to curb NSA spying

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In summary

The government of the USA is incapable of controlling one of it's own agencies or formulating laws that have the originally intended effect. That's probably quite common across Europe as well.

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

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Re: I read this and I think

Especially if it's an illegally downloaded book or TV show.

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Makerbot vows to plonk a 3D printer in every one of Uncle Sam's schools

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@TheFatMan Re: "Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you .....

I can understand your thinking behind that easy put down, but I'm sure he's right. If you consider how this will probably be used by children and teachers, it will be like the teaching of 'computing' using Word and Excel to teach children 'how computers work'. You don't teach someone how a car works by showing them how to drive it around a quiet urban backstreet.

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Denver robocops fit Nasal Ranger to perceive potent pot puffing pollution

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"... greater than a 7-to-1 dilution rate to be deemed a nuisance"

Shouldn't that be 'less than 7-to-1 dilution ..." to be noticable and therefore a nuisance?

(I'm assuming that 7-1 dilution means 7 parts air to 1 part smelly substance.)

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ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again

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Re: "The Fruity Firm"

Clichés die if you don't overuse them.

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

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Disruptive experiments

Would it be posible to cause confusion and disruption in hyena society by 'posting' false messages using these bacterial cultures? Would this be an ethical experiment?

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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Creative Class

This would be great if the kids were allowed to wear pirate costume fancy dress, complete with cardboard swords.

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Re: I wonder

Steady on. The USA isn't the 50's USSR. Not yet anyway.

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Brit boffin brews INSTANT HANGOVER RELIEF

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Reality

It will be up to the government to decide if this substance is allowed to be sold to the public. The drinks industry is very wealthy and gives money to the government and also pays lots of taxes and excise duty to the government. Hence, the government will not allow this 'alcohol replacement' to be sold.

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Blighty's banks prep for repeated kicks to cyber-'nads in Operation Waking Shark II

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...tests against physical security,...

How many 'key staff' do you need to gather into a disused warehouse and 'persuade', in order to have access to serious amounts of money. Just wondering.

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Its Neat!

One possibility would be to use it as a development system to write and debug an application, then port the software to a "down and dirty with the connections" target system.

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GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

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"If multiple parties apply for pre-registration, ..."

This raises many questions and has many possibilities for corruption.

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Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

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Even if you're careful to make sure they're entered as text entries?

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Personal web and mail server for Raspberry Pi seeks cash

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Re: ?

That was my first thought too, but the Raspberry Pi solution would be much cheaper (not counting your time in setting it up and messing around with it).

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Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

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That diagram

It looks like the sort of thing I used to draw when I was 13. I used to 'design' fully working interplanetary spaceships.

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