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3637 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Your name on the coffee 'cup'

You don't have to give your real name. I went through a phase of saying 'Carlos' when asked.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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quantum oddness in the world

" ... confronted with a double slit, even a single photon will exhibit wave-like behaviour ..."

It used to be that we were amazed when light, known to be an EM wave propogating through space, behaved as if it were a stream of particles, which we called photons under certain circumstances and observations. Now, .......

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Not cheese

Lemon meringue?

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FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian Reg readers

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" No, we won't fly you to Sydney or pay for a hotel."

Well done on anticipating one question that many people would ask.

Will there be pics, a video, live link?

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Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

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Re: Microsofts problem is the OS

That was actually funny, in a funny way. You put some effort into it, well done.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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"In the UK, Cortana will have a local accent ..."

So, as I drive from Lands End to John O'Groats, it will use GPS or mobile location services to adjust the accent accordingly? That could be fun/interesting/amusing.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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What Things did they test?

What Thing might I buy for my home that stores my credit card details, date of birth or name and address?

If I have a 'fridge that orders milk', surely it just needs a unique account number that my supermarket's server recognises and links to their stored details about me? etc.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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@dkjd Re: Medical doctor (GP) not a scientist?

I'm sure that most GPs don't have doctorates, i.e. PhDs awarded for original research. They have have medical degrees in a similar way that I have an engineering degree. 'Doctor' is a very old fashioned courtesy title when used to address them.

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Kiwi Rocket Lab to build SUPER-CHEAP sat launchers (anyone know 30 rocket scientists?)

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How many orbiting satellites can be put up there?

Is there any international agreement or control over who can launch and establish a satellite in orbit? Is there a 'slot map' anywhere that can be consulted?

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Resistance is not futile: Here's a cookie sheet of luke-warm RRAM that proves it

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re. dielectric material

A dielectric material is not defined by its lack of ability to conduct electricity; the property of being dielectric refers to its ability to be polarised by an electric field. It may be that the silicon dioxide has dielectirc propertes that are useful in this application, or it may be that its properties as an insulator are why it is used. Either way, some stable, reversible and non-destructive change is taking place.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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re. Sharks Cove apostrophe

The word 'sharks' might be considered as a functional adjective here.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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"Given Microsoft’s huge stake in government, ... "

I've started thinking about vampires. Will this be a stake in Microsoft? Is this a suitable analogy?

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Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

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Re: proprietary screw

You might have a screw loose. Then again, you know enough to take care of that.

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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Have you considered changing your username?

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SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

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... a mammoth 2,000 olfactory receptor genes, ..."

Has this actually been compared, by analysis of any recovered mammoth DNA?

Is it certain that these genes are active in the elephant and that an elephant does have a better sense of smell because of this?

Has anyone tried training and testing elephants to see if they can replace sniffer dogs ?

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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re. recording calls

If you initially hear a recorded announcement saying, "This call may be recorded for security or training purposes.", they have given you permission to record the call.

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LinkedIn slurps B2B marketing bods Bizo for $175m

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A new development

So now, LinkedIn can send real spam instead of just social spam?

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Mr Almunia, how many more times can Google rewrite Euro search 'dominance' settlement?

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I read that as Mr. Alumina ...

... and was expecting some kind of Tim Worstall crossover/fusion article.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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re. What is he guilty of?

You forgot ....

f) Collaborative development of a new movie release in conjunction with other children in his media studies class.

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@Ole Juul Re: 3G

There's a joke in there somewhere.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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We assumed that everyone would be honest ....

... because that means less work for us. Wasn't that the initial principle of the internet?

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All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

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re. small antennas

Doesn't a physically smaller antenna 'extract' a smaller amount of power from the incident field, thus leading to lower S/N ratios etc.? Maybe they use arrays, and other clever techniques. Waits for an expert .......

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: Edit the sentence:

It sounds like you don't want to be touchy-feely with the UK government and its various tentacles.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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It just goes on

"IBM won the immigration casework management system gig in 2008 but it is unclear if IBM was then appointed in 2010 ... "

Another example of poor record keeping? Who did the government contract database?

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Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!

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Out of life autoreply:

I'm unable to reply to your e-mail right now, because I'm dead. I hope to return at some time in the future (if you believe in that sort of thing).

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Cyber scum pump ransomware at victims from spambot-stuffed websites

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How would you verify that the correct people have been 'pained'?

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Re: Shades of Couch Potatoes of the World, Unite

"They can still make contributions to the economy by their consumption of other people's creative efforts, ..."

I could make some people richer by making myself poorer but I don't see how that would benefit me.

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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Camera phones at sports events

How will MAP know where the phones are? I'd have thought that this would be vital information for 3-D image reconstruction.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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"... difficult to arrange a test with actual PETN or TNT ..."

Surely all they would need is a few milligrams to do a controlled test if their detector is really as sensitive as they claim?

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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re. François Beaufort.

Should that be 'François (Zeus) Beaufort' from now on?

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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re. wizardess

The word 'sourceress' might be better. However, according to Pratchett, wizards/witches are roughly equivalent whereas a sourcerer/sorceress has a much higher level of magical power/ability.

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Re: Edit

The handsets are stacked in boxes on a pallet and the employees get to pick one from the pallet. It's actually the range of handsets that is limited, not the pallet.

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

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re. the stupidity of the USPTO

If it was in my power, I'd grant almost identical patents to rival companies. Not because I'm stupid but because it would give years of entertainment.

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Re: More ports is still the wrong answer

Am I correct in assuming that Verizon sells its own TV and streaming video services to its customers? If so, it may not be a technical issue.

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Chromecast hack Rickrolls Google's TV stick

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Further to Andrew Jones 2 post

I read the article and watched the linked video and even followed a link in there to someone's blog about this (more of a fan-squee note than anything useful). The article says:

"The Rickmote Python configuration available on Github was prepackaged with Astley's internet-wrecking hit set to loop."

Does this mean that the device contains a stored video (possibly a few tens of Mb) that it sends to the Chromecast as a continuous locally sourced video stream?

Does the device contain the stored Internet address of the YouTube video, with some parameters causing loop-play and force the Chromecast to connect to it via the Chromecast's 'normal' internet connection?

Does the device have its own internet connection and obtain the video feed from this connection to send to the Chromecast?

The exact method is not clearly explained.

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Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Lessons learned

Always wear Google Glass when having any kind of interaction with anybody else. Store the recordings for two years and ... oh, wait a minute .....

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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Re: Point of Order

Some rocks, that might be found on Mars, could have originated from early Earth especially during the formation of Luna and similar violent activities. So, they may be extraterrestrial now, but they didn't used to be. If these are ever identified, I propose that they be called ex-terrestrial rocks.

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

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When I hear "saccharine Disney charm" ...

... I reach for my reprogramming axe.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Lot Of Sick F*cks Out There...

It's interesting that there weren't any cops in the bag, but ex-cops. Does retiring from the police force make a person prone to paedophilia? Perhaps the police have enough reputational problems going on that they don't want the embarassment of arresting serving police officers.

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Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans

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re. Japanese smut sites

Did you say online 'banking'?

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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@m0rt Re: They haven't noticed me

I haven't tried adding anything to the circles and I'm sure I never will. Good luck with using it.

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They haven't noticed me

My Google account (with Google+) is not my real name, it's a mildly humourous made-up name. When I read that Google would be hunting down pseudonyms, I thought that I'd be culled. I was fine and keep using the account. Having said that, I only use the e-mail and G-Drive; I don't have any real visibility on Google+, such as photos, posts, friends in circles, etc.

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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re. Another World

Is that a buffalo with a frickin' laser strapped to its groin?

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Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

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Open sauciness

Are the Microsoft, Google and MPEG/ITU offerings also open source? If not, is there any possibility of Mozilla being hit by patent sueballs?

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New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

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I'll go pedantic

I wouldn't call it a router. It's a switch.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Just tell them you've sold your house

That should do it. Ask them to send you an info-pack and say that you'll be sure to recommend them to the new owners. They always lie to you so why shouldn't you lie to them.

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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Re: Call the fire brigade...

Was it an underground factory? (I thought I'd raze the question.)

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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re. " ... digital vagina analogues ..."

That made my head spin for few seconds.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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This is what can happen ....

... when you ask for an extra helping of hot sauce. (Is that a sloping roof?).

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Eh?

Harrogate? We used to dream of going to Harrogate. That was where all the posh, sophisticated, cosmopolitan people lived. You were lucky!

[I got my Os & As in the early 70s in the West Riding. You are largely right about the parochialism.]

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