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2920 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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"That's the most unmitigated nonsense spouted since someone inferred that Ed Miliband was electable"

You mean implied.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Re: Oops!!

"I thought Apple iMessage would send a message via SMS if it can't deliver it via iMessage, so how can it be clever enough to be able to switch when both users are using an iPhone, but not when one switches to Android?..."

You can configure the sending device to do that, or not. But it's up to the sender whether they want to use SMS as a fall-back (given there are potentially carrier charges involved).

I have my set to "no" as I message a number of people in Australia and wouldn't want it to send SMS without my knowledge.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Re: The problem with "cloud" as backup in this context...

"Oh, and c: finding somewhere (if you worry about these things) that doesn't keep your data in the US and is therefore subject to US data (non)protection regulations."

To be fair, storing it anywhere in the world is pretty much susceptible to a data (non)protection regulations. Do you really think the rest of the world's outrage at the US is anything other than hypocrisy?

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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"In a future where hydrogen was widely used it would obviously not make much sense to keep making it from natural gas - you might as well just run the vehicles on gas, as indeed is often done today."

You're dodging the significant advantage of being able to shift the burning of hydrocarbons away from the centre of big cities. I don't see people arguing to have petrol generators attached to houses instead of a national grid...

Getting towards a green mode of transportation will be a two (interdependent) step process. Getting the internal combustion engine out of the car. Figuring out a means to cleanly generate whatever fuel source replaces it.

At the moment, batteries aren't nearly as efficient enough to take the place of a fuel cell.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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According to one of the press conferences, nuclear wasn't "allowed" due to safety and political concerns - the ESA hasn't ever developed one for that reason.

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Looking GOOD, probot. Philae good, humans: 'Yes ... YES! The lander is sitting on the ground'

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Radio 4 presenter asked one of the scientists following the announcement that Philae wasn't capturing as much solar energy as hoped:

"So, how are you coping having a probe where the sun don't shine?"

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: shock absorbers for landing

"Is there a Nobel prize category for this? The whole team deserves it!"

For Physics, maybe, but doubtful - they didn't come up with new physics to do it. Peace, perhaps, at a stretch.

The challenge is who gets it. It can't be shared across more than (I think) 3 individuals.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: Awesome Toy

"I'm quite surprised that it cannot go down as fast as it can go up? Can anybody explain?"

It can when the battery runs out. Significantly faster.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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Re: You aready can

Much like every cordless phone in existence too. I had a similar charging dock for a Nokia 8310 and miss it dreadfully.

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: Spec creep?

"Then they'll never release. There will always be a potion of the population who get motion sick in VR environments - if you have a sensitive inner ear and the eyes say "moving" and the ear says "no you're not" then they feel sick. They can minimize it perhaps, but they won't solve it for everyone."

It's really a minority of people who have that though - otherwise they wouldn't be able to have darkened cinemas.

The nausea they've been apparently experiencing is more to do with keeping framerates up, latency down, and reducing image tearing, as the human sensory sytem apparently goes haywire over that.

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Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years

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That confuses me a bit though - I thought that changing the lyrics made it a parody that was allowable under fair-use laws. Weird Al doesn't *have* to get permission, but he does out of good will and under the guise of keeping good relationships with artists.

http://www.weirdal.com/faq.htm

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Re: 23 million views.....

About as bored as people who choose to read such articles and then comment on them to register their disappointment.

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Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

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Almost exactly the same story, the difference being that in September it changed to March 2015. No reason or explanation, but the FTTC cabinet was installed about 9 months ago and since then abandoned. Really annoyed, and obviously no-one at BT can give any information as it's all down to BT Openreach who they're not allowed to talk to.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: Smart TVs too

"You'd think they'd have worked out by now some way to update TV firmware over-the-air."

Sarcasm? They already have.

http://www.dtg.org.uk/work/download_schedule.php

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Re: illicit viewers?

"The beeb are trying to restrict the online catalogue to BBC only devices."

In what way is my x86 machine with Firefox installed a "BBC only device"?

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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"Trolling morons shouldn't be allowed to access the internet."

Sadly though it seems to be their natural habitat.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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Re: Still refusing to admit

"Well yes, obviously, it makes a lot of sense."

Actually it doesn't - surely if it were done via iTunes it should require zero additional storage:

1) Take backup (squirt data over USB to computer)

2) Flash iOS directly over existing iOS

3) Reboot

Only additional space required is whatever size larger iOS 8 is over 7. If it's 1GB, that would be a rather terrifying leap.

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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Blasphemy

How dare you sully the good name of single Islay malts with corn-based Jim Beam. All for a punning title, have you no decency?

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

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Re: Brilliant, but...

"I wonder what it feels like to go 800+ MPH without a vehicle? At that altitude, I'll bet it's depressingly pedestrian unless you go into a spin..."

Speed is all relative. From his point of view he wouldn't have felt like he was moving, after the initial acceleration that is. Following that, he'd feel weightless.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Pyramid scheme

It's basically a pyramid scheme. Or the Martingale betting scheme (double your stake after every loss, you'll eventually win and recover your sum of losses). All valid schemes assuming there's infinite room for growth, which there isn't.

Eventually, Amazon will need to generate sustainable profit/growth in order to stop collapsing under its own weight. Or bubble, if you will.

Of course, Bezos and his many billions will be nowhere near it when that happens.

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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Vive la revolution!

So, pretty much what we've already tacitly accepted in the UK then?

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Re: Why are we limited to just two?

Ignoring the fact that you can add more than 2 DNS servers on a windows box (as already pointed out, click "advanced"), if you're really in need of highly available DNS then having your own DNS to manage this would probably be the way forward. For the majority of home users, 2 is enough.

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Free! (ish)

"Those who rely on free, unsupported, services have surely had enough warnings that their optimism may be misplaced."

Pretty much everything people expect from the Internet these days then, from DNS, to gmail/hotmail, via Facebook/twitter and music streaming services. Even ISPs if you're savvy enough (not a good one mind)

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

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Reading even further between the lines, O2 haven't been arsed to build a system. Or are incapable.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: DIY

" You certainly can upgrade though, I've done it twice so far with no issues at all."

The OP is on v7. I understood to move to v8 or v9 from there was a nuke/reinstall.

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Re: Or alternatively...

@PsychicMonkey - "Works flawlessly"

Genuinely interested if the later versions remedied the issues that caused me to abandon it - does removing a disk cause any alerting to be triggered? Only alert I got was when logging into the WUI a couple of months later.

Also, your £150 budget for a 4-bay chassis plus atom mobo. What kit did you get? I spent roughly that just to find a mini-ITX Atom board with 4 SATA inputs, but this was a while back. Do you lose one of the drives as a boot disk?

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Re: Or alternatively...

Disadvantage for me (this was on Freenas though) was the "bugs" that I considered important. For example, when I had a disk failure and the NAS apparently doesn't see fit to email an alert (and apparently, can't - suggestions I was given were set SMART monitoring and check I received the correct amount of emails each day or write a perl script to check daily).

There are some areas where paying a company is advantageous - data storage is one of them.

Other advantage of dedicated NAS boxes is usually power consumption related.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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Re: What about encrypting calls?

It's possible and already exists. The problem is convenience. Bear in mind that email has been clear text for many years and most people accept it and don't use PGP as an example.

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Re: Don't be fooled...

It doesn't cost them a cent. In the UK at least, they charge the government agencies a data retrieval fee and in all likelihood manage to make a profit out of it.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Margin of error

The Beeb has a good article that discusses the possibilities of recounts... A close result wouldn't be a valid reason for a recount at each of the local levels.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29176884

The difference between this and US elections, for example, is that a single level recount wouldn't be enough to swing an election, whereas the electoral college system in the US means that a few votes in each state can be enough to swing it.

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Re: bing ka-shing!

"OK Bing what will be tonight's winning lottery numbers Scotland?"

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (0.0000000715%). 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (0.0000000715%). 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 (0.0000000715%)...."

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Re: M-Disk: 42,000 pictures of cats

Maybe they weren't so sacred in the ancient Egyptian days either then?

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Re: 1000 years?

" Remember the Domesday Project?"

Nope

"Really, if you want serious long term preservation, print it out on vellum, or chisel it into the stones at Stonehenge! Sad but true.."

Or, write down the retreival algorithms and store it with the disc. Probably best to store it on one of the 1000 years discs so it doesn't become corrupt. Thus solving the problem forever.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Train my eyes?

"Train your eyes, never be able to watch HD again!"

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Re: As always

I went further and just thought "so you can't tell it's 4K, until you look back at HD. So it ruins HD TV then? OK, I'll never look at a 4K screen, thanks for the heads up"

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Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

"I think VHS to DVD was the last time people fell for this ruse"

In fairness, the shift to DVD for me was predominantly convenience. Remember having to rewind cassettes? Remember the bulk of a shelf full of cassette boxes?

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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It's a bait and switch from the analyst.

"I predict x!" claims analyst before launch of product.

<product launches and x turns out not to be true...>

"company failed to do x!" claims analyst and thus save themself from admitting they were wrong...

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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

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Re: is it quiet?

Regardless, you can get very long thunderbolt cables these days (20m?). I also expect that whatever studio this is in, it's got some fairly noise hardware processing video already.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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Re: For goodness' sake

"Where you'd then spend all of 5 seconds removing it just as you'd remove any other track or album you no longer wanted."

Hans Moleman put it best: "You stole 4 minutes of my life and I want them back. Ah I'd only waste them anyway..."

Although it turns out it wasn't that easy to remove from your device!

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Re: U2

Gary Powers chief suspect?

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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"The challenge for Microsoft is made bigger by the fact Mojang made no money"

Actually, Mojang made $2.5bn. Microsoft are probably going weak at the knees knowing that they'll make that now too! Oh... wait...

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

"I don't live in Scotland, but if I did, I'd be inclined to vote for certainty. The certainty that in an independent Scotland the government would be chosen by and work for the Scottish people - much better than the uncertainty of staying in the UK - do the No campaign guarantee that the UK will stay in Europe? Do they guarantee that the NHS will be safe under a Westminster government? Do they guarantee that there will never again be a Tory or Labour government in Westminster? There is no certainty in life - whether the Scots vote yes or no."

You could make the same argument for Glasgow going independent from Scotland. And then Sauchiehall Street going independent from Glasgow. But in answer to your questions:

* No - it would be open to a democratic vote, but the Yes camp don't have a clue what their EU status would be anyway.

* Yes - NHS policy and funding is already devolved to the Scottish government who are actually cutting funding there, but funnily enough the Yes camp are keeping that bit quiet by pretending they don't have control of the NHS

* No - but if you want to live in a country where they can call the election result before any votes are counted, I can direct you towards Cuba and North Korea.

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Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive

"after YES, because of all the subsidies from rUK ?"

It's not necessarily about subsidies, particularly in this case. It's about loss of synergy, so I'd expect costs to be going up in the remainder of the UK too, though not necessarily by the same percentage.

But in terms of subsidies, the Scottish populace is more sparsly distributed than the rest of the UK and as such would cost more to manage if it were to be separate.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: They are making profits of over £100m...

"People also seem to want some advice as to which network and contract to choose from someone they think is a bit independent, though the level of advice from these establishments is pretty poor."

Indeed, that would be quite a nice service. Something like a price comparison website, which already exist in this space :-)

Problem with Phones 4u etc is that they were basically a reseller instead of a referrer. Always struck me as a strange business model to still have today - you wouldn't go into a shop to buy an energy or bank account.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: not a Delivery?

"They normally only do that (not that I will be buying anything) when they are about to start selling the new tarted up bits of 'shiny-shiny' right away."

Actually, they don't. They add the new products so you can drool over the shiny. The most they have available after is the pre-order page.

It's been a while since Apple finished their announcements with "and it's available now". The 5S was announced on 10th Sept last year and went on sale on the 20th.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: BBC Worldwide

"if we allow laws to be passed that demand we prove what is in our tunnels, going to jail for refusing - or for what's in them - will happen very quickly."

We're pretty much already there, what with having to reveal passwords for any encrypted files we might have.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25745989

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Rack-mount 24TB RAID 5 disk array for $5,000. Let's just check the label here. Uh, it's TiVo

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Re: needs more tuners

"6 tuners for that much space?"

Depends on what they're tuning. If it's DVB-T transmissions (likely) then each tuner grabs a multiplex that contains multiple channels. For example Multiplex PSB1 contains most of the BBC SD channels. A single tuner can record all of these at once.

I lose track of how many active multiplexes make up the UKs digital transmissions, but it's 6-8. Best case, this thing can record all of Freeview simultaneously, worst case it's 75%. Your experience of Freeview might determine whether that's really best and worst case, or the reverse...

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: Give rhe devil his due .,,

"Although personally, I'm fairly sure most errors should read "Error: Something you can do nothing to fix has happened, just go google the following '0x80001234' and then do something else"."

Pretty sure my parents' version of Windows has been customised to say "Error: 0x80001234. Go and phone your son. But switch the computer off first and don't worry about that code - just tell him it's 'some number' and that'll be fine"

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Re: Why?

"The details of the deal between the Rays and the app developers aren't made clear, but there is more going on here than the Reg article suggests."

Yup, there are 4 people involved here, seemingly none of them particularly want an iPhone. First 2 are there to secure the spot to sell it on (for $2500 each), second 2 are there to promote an app by means of the free media that are covering their presence outside the store.

It's like its own little economy literally built on nothing.

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Yes but that wouldn't get them any publicity/free media, so chances of them doing it are zero.

Besides, pretty sure Apple don't own the area outside their store, so what they could do about it escapes me.

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