* Posts by Annihilator

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Planetary paparazzi snap candid pics of Earth, Moon from space

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Re: Sorry but ...

That dot, it obstructs my view of Venus! (which makes me very angry)

Yours sincerely,

Marvin T. Martian

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?

"Just about every living thing appears suddenly in the fossil record, with no gradual lead-up. Look up Cambrian explosion."

If you define "suddenly" to mean "over 70 million years", then yes - humans are particularly bad at imagine timescales of that magnitude. And if you exclude everything living today from "every living thing". Dinosaurs have come and gone in that period of time, as just one example.

There are also many credible theories for the Cambrian explosion - all of which fit better than "God did it"

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Re: Trouble with all this

@Wzrd1 - well he apparently moves in mysterious ways. Catch-all non-argument right there for you sadly.

Religions have been playing this game for many years now, they've gotten quite good at non-answers (additional ones include "$deity is testing us" and "because the $book says so" and "the $book is $deity's word")

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Re: Only 87% of atheists?

" It simply says survival of the fittest, where fittest is defined by the environment"

Indeed - a common misconception around evolution is that "fittest" means strongest, where it actually aligns more to "fit for purpose"

Although with regards the multiple choice question, I couldn't have selected any answer. The closest I could have selected was:

"Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process"

but only if I changed it to "and God did not directly or indirectly guide this process, by virtue of the idea of him being purely a human construct"

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Or a really confused one

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"Over my burnt carcass!"

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

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Re: Thanks El Reg for trying not to spoil it from the headline

I'd hardly consider revealing that the Daleks were featuring to be a spoiler. A real spoiler would be revealing that John Hurt's incarnation mates with a Dalek to create a Who-lek....

Anyone who considers mention of Daleks to be a spoiler will probably need to switch their TV off between now and airing, as the trailers will no doubt feature similar bits of information.

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

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Outsourcing

Can't tell, was Lester there? Or have you outsourced this particular venture? A protest at the use of hydrogen? :-)

Disappointed not to see any pics of the mighty orb though!

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Samsung lifts lid on 1.6TB flash whopper spaffing data at 3GB/s

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Re: And the write performance is?

You have to read articles veeerrrrrry carefully before jumping in with a comment moaning there's a salient fact missing. Usually turns out it's there, as in this case.

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Shortsighted developers

I suspect the reason we're waiting for prices is that Samsung are waiting for their developers to recompile their pricing calculator, changing the declaration of int_price to long instead of short....

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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Re: In fairness it's Samsung rather than Jay Z

I wondered just that, but from an HTC perspective it was rather the same. Most apps I saw on the store wanted far too many permissions than was strictly necessary. Granted this was a couple of years ago now, it may have changed.

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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

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Re: 3rd review of an Air???

"Also, remember you are NOT obliged to read everything posted on the internet."

What? Awesome! Have you any idea how much time you've just saved me?

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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"Any other easy way to get past the idiocy once implemented?"

Yes, you phone your ISP and say loudly and proudly "I'm a grown-up - switch my Internet back on to include porn and kindly eff off out of my browsing habits"

Or switch to a provider that just won't implement it. AAISP springs to mind.

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It's not DNS lookups (primarily for that reason), it'll be similar to Cleanfeed - essentially a selective proxy based on IP blacklists that then kicks in with some DPI shenanigans. Same way TPB was blocked.

But yeah, proxies will work just fine.

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Anti-nanny?

Strikes me as odd that the champion of market-driven solutions and vehement critics of the nanny state are supporting this.

If there's such a market for a "clean" ISP, logic would dictate that the market would have created one by now.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: All’s well that Haswell

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"Now I - and, I suspect, most of you lot too - find this irritating. I want to be able to increase my computer’s memory and storage capacities over time as I see fit."

I'd find it irritating if I owned one, but I don't, so... Apple can build it however they like, it doesn't meet my requirements so I won't take it into consideration for purchase.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Re: Already exists

Erm, no, the best of both worlds is transferable digital copies while retaining physical copies to give the user the *choice*. Right now I wouldn't buy a digital download as I can't sell it on.

There was nothing to stop MS just re-introducing disc-only versions on top of the digital market place that they were suggesting. Instead they've thrown their toys out of the pram!

In short, this petition would be better approached by asking "can we get digital trading on the existing solution please"

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Already exists

I can see MS's direction, it just went massively far.

Sony are being a bit disingenuous in that they already operate the Playstation Store which gives you a single locked down version of a game, without any rights to trade or even give away to a friend. How about MS launched a version of this that allowed trading and gifting, but allowed the DRM token to remain the disc where applicable? Best of both worlds!

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Mee-dju

Thing is, despite all this coming out, who's shouting about it? Guardian is about the only newspaper I'm seeing chasing this, the rest are just ignoring it having swallowed Hague's jaw-dropping "innocent people have nothing to fear" line.

The world has pretty much accepted that being spied on is the norm and will protect you against terrrr-ism.

Privacy isn't about secrecy. It's not a secret when someone goes for a dump, doesn't mean you should leave the door open.

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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YOLO

Can't remember where I heard this, but I LOL'd at hearing YOLO described as "Carpe Diem" for those with a double-digit IQ.

Besides, now I'm a bit older and wiser, YOLO applies in different contexts. For example: "Look both ways before crossing the road - YOLO!"

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Hanslope Park: Home of Britain’s ‘real-life Q division’

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Re: re: Bletchley Park

"Shady" as in "shadowy" as in "cloaked in secrecy"

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Mods required

"I notice that although the gentleman is drinking ale, he has not brewed it himself!"

You don't know that, perhaps he's taken it to extreme levels and is bottling and labelling it himself! :-)

I hope there are a couple of bottles of sloe gin sitting in a darkened corner too.

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Re: Just know I could better this in my own back garden...

I suspect the sequence of events could be easily reversed.

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Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

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Re: Photograph THAT !!!

You mean RM4SCC? Hardly a state secret and easily decoded. First thing Royal Mail do when processing mail is to OCR the postcode (and throw out anomalies to a human) and stamp it on as a more easily readable delivery address – all subsequent routing uses that instead of OCR. Stamping it on in red ink makes for an interesting time around valentines day though.

The bores of a day trip to a royal mail sorting office during school years :-|

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

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Re: How does it gauge effort?

Yup, 80 quid for a glorified pedometer, and not mentioned once in a 3-page review, I had to google what the thing does... Amazing what some people will buy these days.

If it had a GPS tracker I might be slightly interested. As it is, this device will merely make avid left-hand surfers appear to be wildly fit.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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Re: Dubya

Presumably by "objective historian" he means "someone who agrees with him"? Quite brilliant logic - "I'm sure I'll be judged correctly, but waaay off in the future when I'll be too dead to care if I'm not"

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RBS Mainframe Meltdown: A year on, the fallout is still coming

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Outsourcing <> offshoring

Straight away the article insinuates it's "outsourcing". Yet again, the need to point out that outsourcing doesn't mean offshoring.

As I recall, RBS employed their batch support staff directly. Regardless of location, this isn't outsourcing.

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Hey, wannabe Murdochs, yet more chances to run your own telly station

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"As you can see, it sucks, and cuts"

"It certainly does suck"

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Wake up, Uncle Fester! Huawei’s nattering about BUYING Nokia

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"What Would Ballmer Do?"

Think I've seen that on a bumper sticker...

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

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Re: Perfect sense

"it's established as far as one can with official secret acts that the indictment will be forthcoming the moment Assange is in a position to be secured."

More confusion of events, excellent. Remember the year or so he spent avoiding extradition to Sweden? He was "in a position to be secured" then (a pretty good one too, the UK extradite to the US on a mere whisper of an extradition order).

Besides - wasn't his concern about being extradited from Sweden by the US as there was a sealed indictment waiting for him? Despite it being easier to extradite him from here? Now it's not?

All pinning on his nonsensical demand to be rendered immune from any potential extradition order from the US. Frankly I think we'd be better off with him in Ecuador though - less likely to have people fawning at him and much less of a press presence out there. Perhaps that's why he went to the embassy in London instead of going directly there to seek asylum?

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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

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Re: Re:and it has a nice blue warning light whenever it is active....

"..that is impossible to hack because?"

Because it's 99.9999% guaranteed to be a hardware trigger related to when power is heading for the CMOS chip.

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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Re: What's the problem?

I've never screamed so loudly at a TV in my life when he said that. Quite why he hasn't been torn to shreds in the mainstream press is beyond me.

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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Re: Any rope is the problem

"Q. What happens, once lift 1 and 2 have reached their destination, take on new occupants, and they want to travel in conflicting directions?"

Pretty simple and has already been piloted. Replace the "call" button on each floor with a keypad - instead of entering the floor you want when you're in the lift, you press it and wait for a lift to be scheduled. Allows for much more efficient lift routing.

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Ecuador: All right, Julian, you CAN stay on our sofa - it's your human right

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Re: How does he pass his time...

"They have almost tunneled through to the back of the public bogs at Knightsbridge underground station"

Excellent. All we need to do now is orchestrate a mass toilet blockage to result in gallons of the brown stuff surging back through the tunnel.

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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

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Thank goodness

Finally, they'll overcome that nightmare scenario that exists where all the Windows PCs on sale are mixed up with all the Linux PCs.

PC World will start to feel a bit foolish soon when that ... oh wait ... that's pretty much how Best Buy and PC World are laid out now. Never mind.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Re: Not just Australia

There's also the nuances around EU warranties too. The US tends to get a bit of a raw deal when it comes to warranty periods (I think it's less than a year?), whereas the EU gets 2 years. The UK gets the convoluted 6 year version too, but a lot harder to prove.

This instantly increases the cost to global manufacturers

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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Re: meanwhile in the texas desert

"The LHC is the biggest ring we'll build in any forseeable future"

Except the LHC had the huge advantage of having the ring already constructed in the 80's. It was originally built for the Large Electron-Positron Collider :-)

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Interwebs taunt Sir Jony over Apple eye candy makeover

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Re: That all the worlds got?

I recall the same uproar when the icons for the el Reg forums changed :-)

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Re: gps

Due to the size of it, it comes with two GPS chips. One to locate the top half, one to locate the other.

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What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

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What Lehman collapse looks like to a techie

I assumed that the majority of the article would have been pictures of the various IT booty that had been swagged.

Hey, if God didn't want you to steal a laser printer, he wouldn't have put it on wheels.

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AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

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When is 5GHz not quite 5GHz?

For a second I thought this was PC World technique of advertising a dual core 2.4GHz chip as 4.8GHz

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Re: One small mistake here..

"And that's probably also what got them into trouble. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this move also disrupted the option to take further legal actions against the rapists. Although it may sound quite sickening and inappropriate in this case, the law normally still abides by "innocent until proven guilty"."

Erm, yes, but are you even aware of the case? They were found guilty and (in many opinions) leniently sentenced. They weren't going to be charged at all until this guy forced the evidence into the public domain - AFAIK all this evidence was available to the police and ignored.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

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Re: WTF???

It's the whole $20M p.a. thing that makes me think it's a hoax. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure intelligence agencies have various techniques for getting this information, but I'd be surprised if it were this direct. $20M would barely cover the coffee expenses for such a project.

Plus if it were this direct with the companies in question, someone, somewhere would have blabbed by now. Because for this to work, somewhere in the chain a network or system admin would have been suspicious by now.

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Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt

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Re: Licensing costs

A simple but very expensive solution. So to get Thunderbolt you'd have to replace your (potentially expensive) video card (and I think motherboard has to be compatible too). Compared with a twenty quid USB3 PCIe card.

Plus nVidia or AMD haven't created any such cards yet, which strikes me that it's not possible, or depends too heaviliy on the motherboard to be worthwhile creating.

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Re: Licensing costs

A couple of other hiccoughs in the way - Thunderbolt as a standard has to incorporate a video signal, so PCIe add-on cards can't work without weird pass-thru cables. USB3 doesn't have that problem, and also has the bonus of 15 years worth of historical peripherals it can leverage.

Unless Intel have relaxed the standard recently?

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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"I can see no reason why Alex Kingston can't be the next Doctor."

Except that, a) she died at some point so would be the "last" doctor, and b) she's Rory & Amy's daughter, and c) she originally was planned to "kill" the doctor, which would have been the mother of all grandfather paradoxes. So would take some doing.

Same thing with Billie Piper/Catherine Tate/anyone-ever-in-Doc-Who (which I think people just like to nominate because they liked the character).

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Review: Philips Hue network enabled multicolour lightbulbs

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Re: Coloured lighting is great

"downlighting is too direct and not as relaxing"

Yes I've never relaxed in the midday sun... :-)

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Re: Flick switch, light turns on

@Neil - may I throw in the dimmer switch to the mix please?

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Re: "There's no need to change your light fittings - you can buy screw to bayonet adapters"

"screw bulbs are much easier to break when being fitted or removed"

Is that even close to being true? Having changed several of both types, and broken none in the process, I'd assume that the force you need against the spring to engage the bayonet far outweighs any on an Edison screw type?

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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Re: I'll tell you why it was bad.

So you get to control E.T.? I'd prefer to control the Bertie Bassett character in the lower left of that screenshot

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