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Whisky IN SPAAAAACE: Zero-G Scotch is matured aboard the ISS

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@DF118

"Precedent" isn't "oh I know someone who says it so it's ok". It's pronounced Isle-La because that's the name of the island. I know people who pronounce Culzean as Cull-Zeen, doesn't set a precedent.

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Re: Pedantry alert

Further pedantry says that the 3 years has to occur while in Scotland before it's whisky.

Though it could be whiskey, which pretty much has the "anything goes" rule :-)

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Up up and Islay?

Pun would work if Islay rhymed with "away", but given it's pronounced "aisle-lah" (like the name Isla, as in Isla Fisher) it doesn't really work. Unless you're on TV in American where I often hear it pronounced wrongly.

3/10 - must try harder.

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

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Looking forward

to the Daily Mail article explaining how this causes/cures various cancers.

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Five charged after fanboi sells kidney for iPad and iPhone

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does.

Quite. When travelling in India there were a number of people on the streets begging who I noticed were missing various limbs. I was told by a local that it was common for people to pay to remove limbs in order to generate more sympathy and increase their income via begging. The prominence of the missing limbs went some way to validate this claim.

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Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

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Re: Memories!.......on 1.44 MB disc

Except as I recall they were DMF formatted disks, so technically they were 1680KB disks :-)

I'll climb back under my pedant rock now

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Apple relents, doubles EU warranty (sort of)

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Re: You have rights beyond any warranty.

@Mark 65 - I think it has to burn out "beyond economical repair" too (more vagueness ensues depending on "economical" and who's repairing it). A simple breakdown of a component is to be expected within the lifetime of the unit. You're right in that it's the reasonable person argument, but how many retailers allow their employees to be reasonable?

I know modern Sony's are drag-drop, I'm talking about literally not forgiving them from 12 years ago when I owned a Net Walkman (NW-MS9). T'was a lovely little thing that was ruined by the software :-)

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Re: You have rights beyond any warranty.

I believe that you (the consumer) have to prove to the retailer in question that the fault wasn't caused by expected wear/tear and was a genuine failure before its expected life. The 6 year rule is so vague as to be practically impossible to get any traction on.

O/T, you don't buy into iPods due to iTunes, yet have forgiven Sony for their OpenMG Jukebox abomination? To each their own! :-)

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Battling remote-control helicopters

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Re: 5 minutes?

Granted the AR gives you 12 minutes flight time, but a staggering 90 minutes charge time is required Suddenly 30 minutes for 5 minutes flight seems quite attractive.

Having said all that, I'd still sell a kidney for the Parrot AR Drone.

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Visa and MasterCard warn of credit card data breach

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Re: Global Payments Download.

"Greetings Professor Falken... Shall we play a game?"

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Capita poises axe over 1,000 staff - jobs headed to India

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Re: communication irritation

"yes I live near Liverpool..."

To be satirically fair, the call centre could have been anywhere then and had the same troubles...

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Griffin Reserve Battery Case

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Dock connector

Bizarre that they don't just have a dock connector on it. At the very least they could have let the USB cable work as a dock connector for syncing.

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Behold! Or rather, don't: Bendy see-through DRAM

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Transparent

"We might end up wearing our memory devices"

Not sure about you, but my preference for my clothing would be firmly described as "opaque" - although transparent isn't always objectionable in specific examples of the opposite sex..

Also a fine choice for some emperors I hear

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Spain donates Enigma gear that kick-started Brit code-breaking

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Re: almost puzzled

Oh FFS, not everything is a slight against Turing. In terms of breaking Enigma, Turing was nowhere near the first to do it - he joined Knox's team (who was mentioned).

Presumably you're of the simplistic view that "Enigma" = "Bletchley" = "Turing". The initial cracks of a (weak) Enigma were done in Poland, the findings handed over to the Brits when it became clear Poland would fall to Germany and generically broken by Knox, as mentioned in the article. Turing helped to break Naval Enigma, and also designed the British Bombes that automated the cracking.

It's actually far more complex than what I've just wrote, so I suggest you stop seeing homophobia everywhere, go to Bletchley and learn about it - I'd also suggest looking at the memorial to Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki.

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

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Re: I'd be satisfied

I didn't mention the age of the phone :-) If it was the same provider you would have just swapped in the SIM from the old phone - it's that which usually inhibits 3G - it usually has "3G" written on the card itself, so worth checking out.

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Re: I'd be satisfied

Well, assuming you're in a 3G network I'd be suspicious you're carrying a very old SIM. Not many people realise that you do need a specific 3G SIM as the older ones didn't permit the functionality. Though if you got the SIM card in the last 4-5 years you're probably just in a not-spot, but worth checking with your provider.

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How things change

Funny how back in October Schiller was keen to avoid the 4G label for the iPhone 4S as there was no consensus on what 4G was and Apple didn't want to get bogged down in that debate.

Skip forward 6 months and it's suddenly sure of what 4G is, made it a key feature of the iPad and wants to sell it in countries where it matters not a jot.

One could almost begin to be cynical about this stuff..

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Angry Birds Space flings 10 MILLION downloads in 3 days

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Re: Baaa!

Ah yes, because "popular" means "sheep". It couldn't be that it's a good game that a mere 10m people like, or think that it's great value for less than a quid... I suggest not telling anyone what you like, lest they agree with you, causing it to be popular and thus causing you to think it "uncool" in response.

Here endeth the post with the obligatory "if you don't care, why are you reading and subsequently posting?"...

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London fire brigade outsources 999 control centre to Capita

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Obligatory Simpsons

Hello, and welcome to the Springfield Police Department Resc-u-Fone.  If you know the name of the felony being committed, press one.  To choose from a list of felonies, press two.  If you are being murdered or calling from a rotary phone, please stay on the line.

You have selected regicide.  If you know the name of the king or queen being murdered, press one...

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Re: 0118 999 881 999 119 7253

Dear sir stroke madam. Fire, exclamation mark. Fire, exclamation mark. Help me, exclamation mark. Look forward to hearing from you

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Ten... new games you may have missed

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Re: You lost all credibility

+1

In their defence though, "Jane's" was previously synonymous with flight sims. Not entirely sure why they decided to tarnish that reputation by launching JASF but I nearly fell for it when I saw it in a shop - almost purchased it but stopped to check reviews.

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Record-breaking laser pulse boosts fusion power hopes

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Re: Boring arrogant factoidery

Maybe, but try discharging a car battery in 23 billionths of a second in a single highly focused beam, I think you'll struggle. They didn't just drop a spanner on the batteries terminals and see what occurred...

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Apple announces dividends, share buy-back

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Better than savings or ISA?

Not sure where you're getting your ISA rates from, but 3% is a good rule of thumb, higher if you shop around. The 2.6% return on shares would be subject to tax, too.

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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

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Fnar, fnar

"Pair of double-As give you a cheap, quick charge"

But they won't get you featured in Zoo or Nuts...

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NASA postpones five-rocket launch spectacular

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Re: Alternatively...

Oh well played sir :-)

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Galaxies to get the Pluto treatment?

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Re: Galaxies have...

Not quite - it's accepted that nearly all galaxies have them. Besides, supermassive black holes can exist outside of galactic centres...

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Re: This is taxonomy - not science (Some Beggar)

"Which muppet downvoted this?"

I suspect whichever commentard took his comments and went home in a huff...

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Re: This is taxonomy - not science

"Everything from 'grain of dust' to quasar follows the same physical laws"

Except they don't, that's the problem. Galaxies (as the proposed definition describes them) only follow Newtonian physics if we assume there is some mass/energy in them that we can't detect - dark matter.

Either dark matter is real and we figure out what it is at some point, or dark matter is the equivalent of Vulcan to our latest theories - something that's covering for our lack of understanding at the moment.

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Super-boffin Stephen Hawking to star in Big Bang Theory

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Re: I can only hope

Everybody loves cool wHip...

But to stay on TBBT topics, I can only hope you meant Wheeeeeeeaatooonnnn!

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Cool

TBBT usually do well with cameos (George Smoot and Woz spring to mind) so should be good.

“In fact, we’re not exactly sure how we got him. It’s the kind of mystery that could only be understood by, say, a Stephen Hawking.”

Indeed, I think Hawking would understand quite well how he ended up on the show...

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NASA's 5-rocket mission to blast off tonight

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Thanks

"(5am to 6.30am on 15 March GMT)."

I generally bitch when GMT isn't quoted, so should say thanks for this :-)

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss takes to the air

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"Heading for Africa"

Lest we be accused of resorting to imperialism again, maybe there should be a similar range safety system so you can remotely blow up any disastrous launches that may be interpreted by foreign nations as a pre-emptive strike :-)

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Lav-less Indians can't get enough of their mobiles

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Missed op

Surely a missed opportunity to describe it as "downloading more advanced than brownloading"?

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TuneIn Radio Pro

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Phenomenal

It's an amazing app (iOS version in this instance) that I use quite often, particularly for a sneaky listen of Popmaster at work..

Only thing that's unclear to me is the bandwidth requirements. I rarely use it on a cellular network for that reason, though find it works very well.

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How a tiny leap-day miscalculation trashed Microsoft Azure

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Correction

"Now the software biz behemoth has put its hands up and admitted in a detailed dissection of the blunder how a calendar glitch trashed its server farm. It's also a handy guide to setting up your own wholesale-sized cloud platform."

Surely that should be "a handy guide on how not to set up your own wholesale-sized cloud platform?"

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Asus: We are NOT killing off Transformer Prime

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Re: ROFL at this...

Weirdly though, over on the iPad 2 comments sections you have people complaining that Apple are bad for artificially creating demand...

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

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4G in its vagueries

IIRC at the iPhone 4S launch they said they weren't going to get bogged down with 4G labels as it was ill-defined etc. Have they forgotten that? Or just changed their minds?

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Job-seeking IT pro? Head for China

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Re: an understanding of what is required culturally to work in a Chinese office

Downvote me all you like, but just because *you* didn't see them, doesn't mean they don't exist - if anything the ones you've seen are put in to keep you happy (particularly if you worked/lived in the ex-pat community). My point is that many cultures squat, and to imply they must be 3rd world countries to do so is just rude.

Not a hobby, just well travelled for business and pleasure.

http://news.sky.com/home/strange-news/article/1310066

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Re: an understanding of what is required culturally to work in a Chinese office

Actually Tom I think your confusing "third world cesspits" for many countries around the globe, including France, Italy, Japan, India and even China.

Squat toilets are rather common and I'm told the squat position makes for an easier, erm, movement:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squat_toilet for a brief indication of where they're the norm

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Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

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Re: To bold Lego...

"To be fair, I don't think I was the first to say that."

Cough, not even the first on the reg forums..

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1296148

Not that I begrudge you ;-) I was loathed to credit it to Chris Evans, and think it might even have been a listener who texted it in.

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Facebook goes titsup in Europe

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WTF?

"large part of its network" ... "exercise little control over these providers"

Seriously? Sounds like someone needs to look at their vendor management strategy...

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Mammoths, sabre-tooths MURDERED by second giant space boulder

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"cosmic impact"

Am I alone in reading that and hearing Rodney Trotter being sarcastically impressed by an impact?

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

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@JimmyPage

"However, I could have bought a brand new paper road atlas every year for the past 6 years, and still have change from one single Garmin map update."

In their defence, the road atlases you bought probably wouldn't give you the detailed change that the Garmin map update did. The equivalent analogy would be to buy every town's A-Z every year for the past 6 years. If they start spinning it like that, it might seem more of a bearable pill to swallow.

None of this is relevant though, as a) I agree its too expensive and b) the idea that "satnavs had caused more than £203m worth of damage to drivers on UK roads in the last year" is utter bollox - bad drivers caused it.

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Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

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Re: Struggling to see the point?

I think the downvotes for a sensible question seems harsh, but yes it's a counterintuitively more efficient means of harnessing an internal combustion engine's power. I believe an ICE is limited to about 40% efficiency as a theoretical maximum. In a standard car, it's real world efficiency is around 20%, less in many occasions.

As Danny points out above, you can keep the engine set to its most efficient speed regardless of where the drivetrain is. Think of it as an infinite ratio gearbox. In this case, with a diesel, it would be a particular improvement given a diesel delivers all its power at the top end of each gear.

A similar setup (forget which, but was a series hybrid) was reviewed on Top Gear a couple of weeks ago. James May tried to explain it to that blithering idiot Clarkson who as expected cut him off stating it was boring nonsense..

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Hello? You'll never guess where I am ... I'm under a ferry

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Re: How did they do that?

"What they haven't said is how they've done it."

No, but I did further up this page. They haven't explicitly enabled mobile signals, but the Metro is primarily cut and shut - there are very few "tunnels" as such - so the mobile signals generally make it into the train.

It's also why a good portion of the Circle line (or the lines that make it up anyway) can get a mobile signal.

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No mobile on London Underground?

I beg to differ. Only about 40% of the network is without mobile signal, the rest is overground, and a fair proportion of the "underground" section is cut/cover which tends to get a signal just fine.

The Metro doesn't have mobile coverage by design, just a happy coincidence due to most of it being largely at surface-level.

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Sony to ship passive 3D, OLED TVs in 2013

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Re: Passive is nicer.

Passive really isn't much better. From all experiences I have the polarisation isn't perfect and at least one of the lenses will experience leakage, so you get an even blurrier headache inducing experience.

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Hobbit movie locations using 6km of data cabling

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I smell a BOFH

Sys Admin admits he is "not sure where it has all gone, but we keep ordering more"

Sounds awfully like a BOFH story where he's cabled it with 20m of thinwire and invoiced for 20 drums of Cat6 plus a few weekends of overtime to cable it out-of-hours... Nicely done!

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Belkin Power Pack 4000

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Re: Typical marketing fluff..

Clue is almost in the name ;-) As a helpful hint there is also a 1000 an 2000 version.

Granted, they could have explicitly stated it.

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Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

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@dssf

I suspect the rationale behind the down votes is:

a) WTF has any of that got to do with a new iPad being launched

b) you appear to want to be posting on another story, can't, and have just grabbed the first vaguely on-topic article you can

c) you've copied and pasted a huuuuuge (and irrelevant) bunch of text instead of a link and your point and finally, crucially

d) TL;DR.

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