* Posts by Annihilator

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Retina Display detachment

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@dogged

"They pay you to work, not knock one out over how shiny you laptop"

Thansk for making my Friday :-)

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Blu-ray?

"If you use compressed streaming why spend £1800 on an Ultra high def screen?"

Because blu-ray is compressed HD too? Uncompressed HD is about 667GB/h.

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Asteroid zips past Earth

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Re: Re. Statistically...

Warning... bad maths to follow...

Statistically there's more chance of me winning the lottery than being struck by an asteroid. But it's a pretty likely event that *someone* will win the lottery.

But consider the odds from the asteroids perspective. There's similar odds of that asteroid being hit by the earth - unlikely, but if lots of asteroids buy lottery tickets to hit the earth, there's a fairly good chance that one of them will "win"... The Mayans were right, head for the bunkers/hills!

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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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Re: In other news...

Ooh, so far 2 fans of Coupling! Knew there must be at least one out there...

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In other news...

Father Ted put women off from becoming priests

Alan Partridge put women off from becoming mildly successful very early morning radio show hosts

Black Books put women off from owning a book shop

Coupling put people off from ever watching TV again...

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Tim Cook reveals 'great' update for Mac Pro

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Low hanging fruit

The really strange thing is, you'd think that the Mac Pro's would be the easiest thing to update compared with the massive reengineering that presumably needs to go on with a laptop/Air device.

Lob in a new motherboard, buy a job lot of Ivy Bridge chips and away you go. They presumably couldn't care less about Pro customers, despite protests to the contrary.

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Vodafone unfurls booster brolly for mobes

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Re: Solar Umbrella???

It really is one step up from the waterproof hairdryer isn't it?

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Apple pulls in TomTom, kicks Google off iPhones

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Re: TomTom iPhone/iPad app

"Iphone 3GS is getting iOS 6, how's that Android update coming along? Oh, thats right, you get Android updates every 3 months, just as long as you keep buying new phones."

You might want to check up on the reality of that. The 3GS and iPhone 4 won't get any of the fancy mapping stuff. Besides, the 3GS is still a "new" phone currently sold by Apple, so kind of has to be supported.

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Re: TomTom iPhone/iPad app

And wave goodbye to the TomTom app, Co-Pilot Live etc as Apple banishes them from the App Store for "duplicating in-built funtionality", and screwing over iPhone 4 users who can't get the new "magic" features of iOS6 (check - turn-by-turn is 4S only).

Suggest iPhone 4 users consider upgrading very carefully...

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NASA's Curiosity rover will try risky landing near Mount Sharp

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Re: "Curiosity is not as life-limited as the approximate 90-day missions ..."

Makes you slightly concerned about NASA's estimating process that they still refer to "approx. 90-days"... From a PM perspective I'd get practically hung, drawn and quartered for wasting resource on over-engineering something to that degree.

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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

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@JDX

"It's exactly the same problem which has troubled the PC games industry since the year dot, compared to those making console games. More variability in target systems means more bugs, more work and more support requests."

And yet... There seems to be a rather thriving PC gaming industry the last time I checked.

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Insider cuts into Apple, peels off Intel Mac OS X port secrets

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Google's 20%

*Cough*

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2011-12-19/

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Male, female Chinese 'nauts prep for trip to Heaven and back

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Good for China

If nothing else it will hopefully give the rest of the space industry a kick in the heavenly place and maybe start doing something more than LEO nonsense.

Bring on the moon missions and give me the moonbase I was promised I would be living on by now!

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Now TalkTalk cuts Brits' access to The Pirate Bay

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Re: @ Adreas

Bizarrely BT have been given more time, despite the fact that they've already demonstrated a working implementation on Newzbin. I'm suspicious but can't figure out why BT would need longer.

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CERN confirms neutrinos don't break light speed

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Re: great

"The fun thing about any theory obviously being that there's very little rules, if you can think of it, it's a valid theory, untill someone comes up with hard proof to the contrary"

Your lack of understanding of basic physics doesn't make a "theory". And there are more rules than "if you can think of it" and what you believe.

Researchers also don't think if you suck the molecules out of a space you have a vacuum. They understand already that vacuums can't be created experimentally.

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Yup

Hopefully you can part exchange the neutrino source for a flux capacitor. Though you'll need to supply your own jigga-watts.

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Hands on with Nintendo's Wii U

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Re: 2 screens

@Sorrythathandleisalreadytaken no idea how long it takes you to refocus your eyes, but had a go on the way home - I tend to refocus your eyes in all three mirrors depending on traffic (there are 3 adjustments your eyes have to make when changing the focus of what you're seeing).

But that aside, no idea how you cope with your speedometer then...

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Re: 2 screens

You might want to avoid driving a car then. Checking your mirrors may prove to be equally challenging.. ;-)

Speaking of which, I recall Sony had a stab at this, using the PSP as an auxilliary screen for the PS3? Don't think anything came of it though. Only example they came up with was the above - using it as a rear-view mirror.

The only advantage I can think of having a personalised screen on the controller is during multiplayer split-screen games, where you have no private information available. On regular consoles it's trivial to see at a glance exactly where your opponent is and what they're doing.

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Euro 2012: England is semi-final probability

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Re: University of where?

Spot on. Even more accurately, they'll be adjusting the odds along the way dependent on the entire betting pool. Effectively they're spread-betting across the punters with a balanced book so that whoever "wins" incurs a cost of less than the entire pot.

If anything, the England bookie odds are more predicated on how much is bet on the other teams.

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LinkedIn users buried in spam after database leak

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Re: Not just LinkedIn users

And what makes you so sure that they don't have a list of email addresses to go with the hashed passwords? Chances are high that whoever managed to hack LinkedIn got more than just a list of hashed passwords, they'll have got the email addresses with it.

Although yes, I imagine spammers have reacted and started pumping out a higher proportion of spam disguised as LinkedIn in general, and legitimate users have assumed causality. Although in fairness El Reg's headline hasn't linked the two.

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Space shuttle Enterprise makes final voyage – to New York

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Re: Shuttle?

Strictly speaking it's an Orbiter (even though it never orbited, it was intended to originally - Challenger was meant to be the "non-flight" version). The "Space Shuttle" is the orbiter, fuel tank and SRBs.

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@Mike Richards

About as well as Concorde's aluminium airframe that's sitting next to it? Besides, it's far enough up the Hudson/North River that it's not in the estuary and so isn't "salty"

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Point of order

"the shuttle that proved the others could make it out of Earth's atmosphere"

You mean *through* the Earth's atmosphere. I'm not sure how Enterprise proved you could strap it to a fuel tank + 2 SRBs and hurtle it into orbit

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Touchscreens to get finger friendly

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@auburnman

You seem to be confining your thoughts to it being a fixed keyboard in function. Consider that *any* button of any size and location can be created at will and the possibilities open up!

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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

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Re: The reason I can see it....

You've got the "fail" icon ironically correct. The block isn't applied until tonight (score 1) and the block will be implemented via the Cleanfeed system which has nothing to do with who provides your DNS (score 2).

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Easy

Cleanfeed. I'm pretty sure the court order even references it (or did in the Newzbin one anyway). Speaking of which, anyone figure out quite why BT need more time to organise it? didn't they comply with the Newzbin block pretty sharp-ish? It's a line in the Cleanfeed blacklist FFS.

It works at the IP level, by routing to a proxy which then does a bit of DPI to inspect which site its heading for.

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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

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Conversation I had with a horse last night

"Right, just so you know, I've brought a bloody big padlock for your stable door. Now I'm warning you, don't you run away or so help me I'll use it!"

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Hackers expose 6.5 MILLION 'LinkedIn passwords'

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Huh

If only there were some way of LinkedIn to contact the users affected and get them to change their passwords. Maybe they should have stored a valid email address for each user. Or implemented their own private messaging system.

Oh... wait...

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MoneySavingExpert.com founder flogs website for £87m

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Chomping?

I'm guessing he means "champing at the bit", but never mind

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Facebook goes offline, shares stabilise at merely disastrous level

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Re: I don't know about you

What, the old "yellow snow" jape?

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Leaked snaps said to confirm iPhone 5 speculation

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Re: Headphone jack at the bottom?

Anyone who's ever owned an iPod Touch perhaps?

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Fake Angry Birds app makers fined £50k for shock cash suck

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Re: Top tips

All good advice, but excuse me while I guffaw at the idea a drone at the call centre of whichever mobile telco would have a clue about security patches for Android.

As for the permissions, as said above there are certain functions of a phone that should absolutely require explicit confirmation, not assumed in terms and conditions. I'm pretty sure Apple has been slammed for the same thing. There's nothing wrong with asking with a "never ask me again" option attached.

If I put "I'm going to royally rip you off" in a permission or T&C, doesn't make it allowed if you install it.

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Re: Premium-rate SMS

In addition to the above, yes, premium-rate SMS is also used for donating to charity (I usually do Comic Relief and Children in Need via this way) and Vodafone has just launched http://www.justgiving.com/justtextgiving as a way of raising money as individuals via it. It removes the last barrier to charity donations (namely laziness) and is extremely effective.

Your second point is more valid, and the fact an app is able to text on your behalf with little warning is rather poor.

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Re: Great but oversold?

@Ian Yates - technically speaking if it involves an arm to capture a passive object, it's defined as "berthing".

The space shuttle "docked" with ISS as it guided itself onto the station. The supply modules, including this Space one, are berthed.

"beyond pedantry" it may be, but there's a recognised difference in definition - there's even a wiki about it.

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Great but oversold?

It's a great achievement, no doubt, but I'd be cautious about saying a private company is docking a spacecraft. A more accurate version is that a private company is bringing a craft within close proximity, and the ISS/NASA/ESA etc is performing the dock via the robotic arm.

Pedantic I know - and in no way posted to detract from the enormous achievement they are making.

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Special Projects Burro pops his hooves

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Pain in the arse

Or ass?...

Sad day, poor Aladdin. His reign/rein was short lived but at least he had the honour of being the first SPBSPB. Condolences to his mum Susi.

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Virgin Media mauls UK.gov for pumping millions into BT

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Re: Cables

@Allan 1 - and was that before or after NTL and Telewest defaulted on their debt? They restructured by swapping debt for shares, effectively diluting the existing shares by spreading that debt across their shareholders and lowering the value of the companies. This was done to prevent bankruptcy on both companies - they subsequently merged.

Virgin Mobile "merged" (aka bought out) NTL/Telewest and then rebranded as Virgin Media - it certainly wasn't a simple renaming. At the point of the Virgin takeover there was very little debt, just a substantially weakened company with a very low share price and a lot of disgruntled shareholders.

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Re: Cables

Haven't laid any that I'm aware of. Far as I know they acquired the cable infrastructure, but none of tr crippling debt that came with actually installing the infrastructure.

You could argue that Virgin Media got a largely subsidised infrastructure like BT did, but none of the obligation to supply to anyone who asks at fixed cost. Say what you like about BT, but if I build a brand new house, BT are obliged to cable it for £130 (or less) regardless of the actual cost. Virgin will just continue to send you junk mail proclaiming you are in an enabled area, but won't actually hook you up.

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Eugene Kaspersky frustrated by Apple’s iOS AV ban

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Re: Kapersky?

Na, you're thinking of the guy who got beat by Deep Blue at chess.

Wait...

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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

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I'm betting Galloping Home would sound glorious on that, especially if you acquired a pair of supplementary auxiliary speakers, apropos achieving surround sound.

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The Register is rocking on Windows Phone 7

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App of the week?

Quite possibly. But that's more a reflection on the number of apps being released each week on Windows phones, which I suspect to be one per week.

I know, I'm going. :-)

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Child support IT fail: Deadbeat mums 'n' dads off the hook

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Re: I'm with mr Heffernan on this.

The phrase "deadbeat" is being used to describe the people who are being let off the hook and subsequently *not* paying CS. I presume there are plenty of people who are impacted by this IT failing yet continuing to pay child support under amicable arrangements instead of having to get it taken at source.

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Re: Moose

"I narrowly avoided getting into a similar situation (dumped her before she got preggo)"

Yes, if only there were some way for *you* to be responsible for birth control.

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Watchdog bites bar over 'offensive' Facebook ad

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More ASA complaints

It also says "dress to impress". There is a gallery on the club's website to show that's blatant false advertising..

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Re: Re: @Wombling_Free

"I was actually told by a traffic cop to pull the light tap on the brakes manouevre to deal with tailgaters and to then perform the slowdown if they did not repent. He though them all to be pricks too. Tailgating is one of the worst things you can do on the highway as, compared with speeding, it shuts down the reaction distance to an unachievable interval way sooner."

The correct/safe response to someone driving with a <2 second gap behind you is to *increase* the gap to the car in front of you, meaning you can brake less sharply should a situation develop in front of you and will reduce your chance of being rear-ended (giggiddy). The larger gap also encourages the person behind you to overtake into it if they're in that much of a rush (and have a reported speed of <70 on their equally inaccurate speedo)

Winding someone up on the road is just as dangerous. May be fun in your head, but having an angrier idiot behind you is only going to make your situation worse. An angry, impatient driver behind Bruno Senna (Schumacher) effectively caused his race to end, and indirectly started a fire in the Williams garage. Best to just get out of the way for your own self-preservation.

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UK's '£1.2bn software pirates' mostly 'blokes under 34'

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Utterly confused

I thought that they'd banned Newzbin and TPB, so surely they've solved the entire piracy problem. No? But wasn't that the point? Oh...

:-)

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Nokia outs budget phone pair

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Business?

I'm sure they'd appeal to some people, and I do like twin-sim devices, but I wouldn't be thrilled with a business phone that comes in a garish day-glo colour.

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Behind the lens of NASA's self-adapting ISS space telescope

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Re: When a NASA engineer describes a computer as "high performance"...

And by "good enough for the job" you mean work consistently and reliably in the harshest of conditions. Even getting a 386 to do exactly what you expect it to do while ignoring the effects of cosmic rays et al is what I'd call high performance.

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BT outage kills phone lines in Eastbourne and Brighton

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Cascading outage

Well you've clearly not been in an exchange outage. 80% of the calls that would normally be made suddenly go on to the cellular network as everyone reaches for their mobiles, turning the mobile signal availability into something approaching new year's eve levels of patchiness. Especially if DSL goes at the same time which I'm assuming is the case here as 3G falls through the floor too.

Besides which in the Brightec instance you quoted they're talking about a central line to a switchboard. Which poor sap did you have in mind to start taking all those calls via their mobile exactly?

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Microsoft makes good with a 23-fix Patch Tuesday

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Re: Thank You!

@chandleo - I've never understood the people who stare frustrated at their machine waiting for it to power down. If my laptop is ever pausing at the "installing x of y updates" I'm usually well out the door, laptop either shoved in a drawer or updating merrily in my bag. It'll power off when complete, there's really no need to keep it company or even connected to a network.

Hopefully a handy hint to get you towards the pub sooner. Or like me, just never shut it down (standby or hibernate save a lot of time the next morning!)

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