* Posts by Annihilator

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Ethernet switch sales sizzle

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I bought a 4-port hub last week. It's probably that which has skewed the figures..

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Sony slims down 3D headset, cooks up eye candy

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Re: headset + Move controllers =

AR is alive and well (I have several AR apps on the iOS devices). VR is making a comeback.

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Re: VR

Think John Carmack has come up with a good system that doesn't induce nausea.

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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Re: Oh for fecks sake

@Ian Johnston - maybe you should read what the *four* complaints/investigations are for, of which yours is only one?

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Re: Can we PLEASE...

@nuked - agreed completely! Not only is it not "storming", it's merely reporting the fact that when asked if they would rule out any of the options available to them, they said "no"

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Re: Oh for fecks sake

"Fact of the matter is there is no reason why this could not be done via video link, like Assange and his legal team suggested"

Because it's the equivalent for an arrest warrant in the UK, it's how the Swedish legal system works. But maybe they should change all that on the whim of a paranoid egotist's say so?

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A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds'

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Re: "The box only holds 3TB - USB sticks will hold more and you can carry them in your pocket. "

@Kane - Touché! :-) Final pedant, "will hold more" means 3 x TB !> 3TB. I'll leave it as an intellectual exercise to work out how we can solve that problem too :-D

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Re: "The box only holds 3TB - USB sticks will hold more and you can carry them in your pocket. "

@Kane Last I checked, 1TB < 3TB

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LOHAN rolls out racy rocketry round-up

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Re: carbon fibre?

"So when the rocket fires, isn't the whole truss thing going to rock about like crazy under the balloon?"

Probably, but the rocket will be long gone by then. Also depends on where the thrust is aimed, if it's not aimed at something attached to the truss, then impulse on the truss should be minimal.

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'iPhone 5' released by Chinese Apple copycat

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Re: As with all

"The 's' version tends to be the one that irons out any design faults of the new models."

Which design "faults" did the 3GS resolve then?...

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Re: No Super Mario Bros...!?!?!

"No Super Mario Bros....!?!?!"

Yes, it's a disgrace, they should have included it. Even though they did include it on page 4.

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Re: There's a movie begging to be made

They made Hell Boy, which was a close enough approximation.

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Only a passing mention

Mortal Kombat (the first one) was rather enjoyable I recall, especially the brilliant casting of Christophe Lambert, who you suspect was constantly thinking "how on earth did I get cast in this role?"

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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Re: Would this infringe Copyright legislation?

Probably not, or a SCART cable would be equally as guilty.

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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

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Re: To paraphrase Orwell...

You're thinking of Appletalk... since deprecated and replaced by Bonjour...

*cough*

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UKNova drops torrents after threats from FACT

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"But didn't they do an awful lot of "capping" as well? That changes the dynamic from humble torrent links to something more prosecutable"

That's pretty much *all* they did, that was the point. Basically the idea was the 21st century version of taping stuff off the TV for your mates. But only stuff that wasn't commercially available, so no Sky stuff, nothing available on DVD, nothing available on iTunes etc.

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Re: It's just not cricket

"Are they claiming that not one episode of "Only Fools and Horses", "Red Dwarf", "Soldier, Soldier" etc made it's way onto the site?"

Yes, they are saying that. Maybe you should have used the site to understand how it operated? As someone else has pointed out, even a release notice for an upcoming DVD meant you couldn't post it on UK Nova. It was screen caps only of non purchasable material.

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Samsung fights to stay on US shelves as Apple calls for ban

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Re: I'd like

" I hear the real ales, brewed locally in the Apple brewery is quite nice!"

If it's only Apple products we're allowed in the future, surely the only alcoholic beverage would be cider...

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British Minister likens Anonymous to fascists and racists

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Re: Yes, but that's not the only charge.

"The other one was shagging the other girl the morning after in her sleep."

Except it wasn't the only other one, was it? Arguments look good when you cherry pick.

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Re: Get out of jail card

"And am I the only one thats concerned that the Ecudorian president belives that rape isn't an offence worthy of being a crime?"

No, but sadly very few people are surprised.

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"Correa told the UK’s Sunday Times that the sex crime allegations made against Assange would not be deemed a crime in Latin America. "The crimes that Assange is accused of, they would not be crimes in 90 to 95 per cent of the planet," he said."

Sadly, that is probably true, but nothing to shout or boast about really.

"they want to extradite Julian Assange for not using a condom, for the love of God"

Yes, but that's not the only charge.

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

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Re: The problem with this thread.

"The problem with this thread is that the commenters do not identify themselves as having or not having children (with whom they live - absent parents' opinions are not as important as the opinions of parents who actually take care of the kids.)"

Firstly, it's irrelevant as it's impacting *everyone* so all opinions matter. Secondly, the relationship status of the parents generally has fuck all relevance to how much they "take care of the kids" as you so charmingly put it.

To put it simply for you, this type of law or proposal is the equivalent of, say, ardent cartoon haters insisting that ISPs block any cartoons by default because they don't want to see it, and forcing anyone who likes cartoons to be forced to "opt in" to see it.

It's for the <insert group here> to have an opt-out if they really want it, not to have everyone else to take action on their behalf.

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"the image of goatse.jpg shall be indelibly etched into the fragile mind of Little Johnny"

Hmm... actually you've just sold me on the idea of the filter now - any chance we can get a goatse-filter? I'm 31 and it's indelibly etched into my fragile mind!

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Re: Im so sick and tired of the word twisting...

Indeed. I'm not entirely sure why the onus is on *me* as a non-parent to opt-in to a non-ruined internet so that parents can remain on their arses doing sweet F.A. to protect precious little Johnny's eyes. "porn blocked" filters block much more than they intend - for an example, look at O2's mobile filter that randomly blocks cycling forums.

I think The Office sums it up rather well..

"Do you think we care as much about your baby as you do? Just because you let some useless tosser blow his beans up your muff. "

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Re: Possibly an Opportunity?

But fortunately leave 587 open

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Re: Market stratification makes me sad

"Even 30 and 40 years ago Lego sets were still kits intended to build a particular thing like a space ship or police station."

I'd tend to agree but the difference is that the kits of 30-40 years ago were generally regular Lego blocks with instructions and the correct quantities to build a model, occasionally with some stickers, but they could be made in conjunction with just about everything else. Today's kits usually have a fair number of custom blocks and/or colours.

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'United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks'

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Re: @ Annihilator Another Example of Splaffing Imperiously

"A country's laws on extradition do not have to be justified to other nations, any more than it's laws on rape do."

Do keep up, even if that were true (and it's not), they do have to be justified and written in their own statutes and they're highly unlikely to change them on the whim of a suspected rapist and bail dodger.

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Re: Splaffing Imperiously

"Comment Is Free" - well you certainly get what you pay for...

All that article says, in a long rambling diatribe (I assume he's paid by the word) is that a government can overrule extradition orders by the court (same way Home Secretary can be appealed to here). Doesn't change the basic premise that a) the same government official would be in place if extradition was served or b) that to pre-judge and rule on a non-existent extradition request outside of due process is fundamentally flawed.

Glenn Greenwald has effectively corrected a spelling mistake and thinks he's debunked the entire argument.

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Re: Straw man

"If that is the case, then what harm would there be in giving him the assurance that he requested? If it's really that simple to proof him a liar, then why not do so?"

And what would this promise of magic beans look like exactly? There is nothing they can provide, assurances or otherwise, that his legal team wouldn't just say "that's worthless" to. And again, they know that. It's like asking for a magic carpet.

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Re: Straw man

Not to mention Sweden *CAN'T* declare they would ignore or decline any extraditions to the US without first seeing it. Any guarantees they make would be meaningless and probably illegal as it pre-judges a non-existent extradition request. Assange and his legal team know this too.

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LOHAN turns up the heat on Vulture 2 motor

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Re: Timed pre-ignition heating

^^ that. You've already got a power source in the mothership for the camera, GPS etc, so just run off that. You can connect it via a contact pad in a Scalextric style-ee, instead of using the daughtership's power supply (which I assume it has for its own GPS tracking, pictures and radio downlink?) to minimise the weight at rocket launch.

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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

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Re: But....

Further ridiculous! <insert your language of choice here> and <insert alternative language> are for people who don't know they were born! When I were a lad we wrote <insert chip type> assembler code.

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Curiosity preps for first Martian road trip

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Re: wind sensor fault

Yeah, you should send your own probe to Mars, show them how it's done.

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Sony PlayStation Vita sales crawl

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Re: marketing?

Good to mock, but there's some truth in it - can't say I've seen *any* promotional stuff around the Vita or its games, would have thought a TV ad campaign couldn't have hurt.

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Anonymous takes down UK government websites in Assange attack

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Re: Hmmm ...

"Makes you wonder, international red notice terrorist arrest warrant, and no charges ... what could possibly be going on here them?"

"red notice" makes it sounds dramatic, but it's what/how a wanted person is described. Thousands are issued each year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_notice#Notice_types

"no charges" is also misleading - an arrest warrant is out for Assange (though Assange apologists are quick to over look this and say it is merely some questions that could be done anywhere). Charges can only be laid by Sweden after he has been arrested, pretty much how it works in this country too. If you doubt this, may I suggest reading the High Court judgement?

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2011/2849.html

A very good summary of the myths perpetually spun by Assange can be found at the New Statesman ( http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/david-allen-green/2012/08/five-legal-myths-about-assange-extradition )

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SHOCK: Brainwave readers work as advertised

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Re: Good luck

" I wish them every success in generating the 12 digit card number"

<cough> 16 digits...

I'll get my coat..

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Ageing star sucked retinue member to death, evidence indicates

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Hubble excels itself

Either Hubble's far more impressive than I'd ever realised or you forgot to tag that picture as an artist's impression :-)

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Cosmonauts step out for six-hour space walk around ISS

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Launched next year?

They're more compliant than me - I'd have probably thought "4 months?? That's ages yet, I'll do it tomorrow..."

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Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

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Re: Too much willy-waving all around

In short, the answers to points 2, 3 and 5 are:

Because legal systems don't comment on hypotheticals. Any extradition attempt, if it existed, would be heard on its own merits and not whatever Assange thinks it might say. And as pointed out, any US attempt at extradition would be requested through Sweden and subsequently the UK.

If it were all about getting him to the US, why on earth would they not have just asked the UK while Assange was in custody?

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

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"My NAS drive isn't compatible with Windows 7"

I'd advise getting an actual NAS then. Whatever you've got isn't a NAS if it fails to do such a simple thing as present an SMB share.

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The problem with wireless: all those effin' wires

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Re: Poor workman blames his cables.

Power Monkey was my choice, and that's to power a variety of devices (PSP, iPhone, external battery pack) with one charger and a choice of plugs to front it + a tiny USB 12v car adapter.

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Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon

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Re: Legal basis?

In very very short terms, "diplomatic passport" <> "diplomatic immunity". Ecuador can give him a certificate declaring him a God for all it matters, as soon as he walks out of the embassy he's on UK soil and they can do what they like to him. So he's effectively in prison.

Plan B is the UK let him go to the airport, effectively barring him from ever entering Europe again as he's now a wanted criminal (bail dodging, suspicion of sexual assault etc), Jemima Khan loses her bail bond.

Unfortunately, what will likely happen is the Plan C will happen - the UK will challenge Assange's right to political asylym (as I understand it, the right only applies if your own or host country is persecuting you - the US is neither) in international court, thus dragging it out another 12+ months meaning we never hear the end of it.

I'm all for Wikileaks, but this is very little to do with them, and all about a man scared to face up to his accusers.

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DVD plus nano-rods equals security, density: researchers

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Re: I may be wrong but here goes ......

I'm failing to see that this is nothing but expanding the key-depth though. In the case of 100 sub-boxes (say 128 to make it easer), you could get away with having a 6-bit key instead.

It's good, I'll grant you, but I don't think the killer app is crypto. They've just created a very expensive 1-time pad.

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Boffins say Vodka Red Bulls make you sensible

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Re: That is to say,

"In any case, mixing caffine with alcohol makes the more destructive drink more addictive. For that reason alone, it should be illegal or heavily regulated."

We must ban Kahlua immediately! And vodka & cokes!

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Re: Really

And the accused wasn't the type who would do that regardless?

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Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box

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Oops

I read the article involving "Apple" and "cable" and though "hmm, probably be a proprietary overpriced one that has a standards adapter for £30"

Then realised it was about cable services, and not Apple coming up with a new cable.

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Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

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Show me the link for your "deal" then on buymobilephones.net then?

http://www.buymobilephones.net/mobile-phones/Samsung/Samsung-Galaxy-S3/Vodafone/Vodafone-Choice-300-(18mths)-Internet/13732577 is all I can find. As for "upgrades" on existing networks, they take into account your mug-factor, i.e. how much you've (over)spent to date (compared with how much you actually got).

Even if all that were true, you can equally go into a shop and TALK to someone on a SIM-only deal to get cheaper than what you're quoting.

Mobile companies aren't charities, they're giving you nothing for "free".

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Re: Streisand effect?

"Looks like their epetition just got some free publicity"

You spell it "optician". Unless you're south african, in which case your phonetic spelling of "epetition" may be correct. ;-)

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Well all surgery comes with risks, even elective surgery like this one.

But yes, I wouldn't be giving it a go, particularly as a friend of mine was refused the surgery due to only having one eye - they apparently considered the risk to the remaining eye as too high. I'd be suspicious of anyone who thinks having two eyes is a contingency plan. I use extended-wear contact lenses which more than suit my needs.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: I actually LIKE aero

They had to get their performance improvements somehow... I suspect disabling Aero probably had something to do with it.

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