* Posts by Annihilator

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Playboy, Virgin Galactic tout zero-grav nookie in spaaaaace!

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Re: How youthful

I could have accepted a reference to Deep Space 9 if they'd at least tried for some humour and referred to Deep Space 69 instead, but sadly another punning opportunity missed. Though points for the "in spaaaaaaace" headline.

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Re: Bah!

Potentially missed an attempt at sarcasm there, but the shuttle, ISS etc were all ~14.7psi, same as here on earth - it's 5psi in a space suit.

As for the shuttle or ISS smelling bad, the air might not be "changed", but it's sure as hell scrubbed. Hygiene is as important in space as it is here - if anything its more so.

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41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

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While in principle I agree with you, at least they've seen a bit of sense and stuck a Carl Zeiss on it - they score more hits than misses in my experience. Although 41Mpx is overkill, 2 is considerably underkill. You'll get nice shots on account of the optics, for sure, but won't be able to print them very successfully at anything more than 4x5, tops. It would be enough for me to upgrade the body certainly, though at the moment I'm stuck on 6Mpx and not tempted to upgrade any time soon.

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Sony PlayStation Vita

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Re: Price

I'm sure I'm not alone in being bored of the price argument. It's broadly in line with the PSP, DS and 3DS at launch. In fact if you look back, it's probably cheaper than the Game Boy and Game Gear were in 1990 when you allow for inflation - I recall those games costing £20-£30 each.

I don't see this failing on price.

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Private Manning keeps mum at Wikileaks plea hearing

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Easily

Owned by the public (and even that's a simplistic view), *not* an individual. You don't own it as such, but if you did you'd own a very small proportion of it.

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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@Old Tom - dodgy maths :-)

"However, stats from the first 10 thumbs (1 up and 9 down) plus myself imply that - based on a sample of 11 commentards - a massive 82% carry their birthdate around in their wallet. Somewhat short of the claimed 99+%."

You can't make that correlation I'm afraid. All we know of the upvoter is that they agree with you that the 99% figure appears bollox, they may still carry a drivers licence (or young person's railcard, or NUS card, or passport, or bus pass, or library card - I'm sure there are more) but just doubt everyone does.

Besides, they're not *claming* anything. They're simply stating what the responders put in a small sample of 1300 people - for all we know they sampled people at a service station on the M4.

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WTF?

If only there were a valueless digit that could be inserted in front of a single digit day or month...

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Re: ATM's

Don't know which country you're from, but in the UK it's most definitely 3, and not per session either.

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Mobile telcos bleed $13.9bn as IM apps chomp on SMS

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Re: How?

@AC I'm assuming you're on Giff Gaff or similar which is switching away from the text cost model and you're helping kill the cash cow, congrats :-) But in terms of most monthly contracts and "free" texts, they're not free, you're just paying for them differently, you can be sure that they're recovering their "lost" revenue via the monthly cost..

@Destroyallmonsters:

"Forced to hand over money, are you?"

See the word voluntary that you even quoted?... It's there for a reason.

Once worked out the cost per MB on SMS. Given it's ~10p per 140bytes, it even makes dial-up seem value for money..

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Good!!

SMS has been one of the biggest voluntary shafting ever received by consumers. Given they're effectively free to provide, you're talking pure profit for telcos. I won't be sad to see them die a slow death.

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iPad 3 chip leak squeaks dual-core tweaks

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Re: Re: Re: Hmm, anyone else see a pattern?

"I wonder how many iPad2 owners actually know the cameras are 1/4 of the resolution of my 5 year old Nokia 6300? Not too many I think...."

I wonder how many iPad2 owners actually use the camera for anything more than Facetime. I wouldn't use it as a camera if it were the best in the world.

Let's face it, the point of it was for Facetime which it does adequately.

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PlayStation Vita OS in your phone and telly - Sony's saviour?

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Re: Re: Re: Typical Sony

"He is CORRECT, the new Sony Z Walkman proprietary DSP enhancements ONLY WORK WITH SONY-SOURCED MUSIC:"

Further BS, or at least just misunderstanding from the very text you quoted. The DSP enhancements are a function of the Sony music apps (the Sony supplied goods Engadget refers to), which you can play any WMA, MP3, PCM and AAC-LC files through. Any third party Android apps won't have access to the DSP though, which is more to do with Android than anything - to make it available everywhere it wouldn't be accessible from the music app itself and would have to be running as a background service the whole time. Given the DSP seems virtual, that's not a surprise.

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Sky flaunts F1 app with split-screen functions

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Director

Sounds wonderful, however I suspect people will quickly discover the value of a director in live sports broadcasts...

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Apple's Messages beta will self-destruct on Mountain Lion launch

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Re: Oh Great....What a frigging annoyance from hell

Erm, you think the programmer is "incompetent" for designing a program that a) clearly people are using/want and b) is in beta?

If you don't like it, or are that annoyed by it, might I suggest not bloody using it??

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What??

A beta programme set to expire?? Next you'll be telling me there's a film at 11...

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Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners

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Re: :(

I suspect the primary reason for people loving it (me included) was the small amount of uptake - guaranteed short queue. The actual time to manoeuvre through it was no quicker than the manual method, perhaps longer - the processing time on it was torturously slow.

My only objection to it closing being the lack of alternative for some - I'm not renewing my passport just to get a sodding chip in it. Just let it run it's course until all passports are ubiquitous again.

Although step backwards with e-passports - with IRIS I don't even need to take my passport out the bag. Same cant be said of e-passports...

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PARIS soars to Guinness World Record

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Re: Ahhhh

Na, far too conservatively dressed and not being looked upon with thinly veiled contempt by David Coulthard..

Although I submit Tito's thinner lookalike of Richard Osman off of Pointless..

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Bung a tenner to a mate's mobile number with new Barclays app

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Re: "Transfers should take about 30 seconds"

Err, who/where? I can transfer money instantly between my accounts at the same banks. And limits withstanding, within 15 minutes between banks using faster payments.

Suggest you get a better bank..

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Cupertino to ban permissionless address book copying

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Re: I wonder...

Don't know about the rest but Android apps state what permissions they need in the market place. Unfortunately it seems developers go the whole hog there too - most apps I saw when I was an Android user required access to far more than was necessary.

Weirdly, I recall J2ME apps had permission levels such as these that had to all be approved by the user. Not sure how we took a step backwards there..

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HD bandwidth limits BBC Olympics 3D coverage

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Re: Re: What about the 5th HD channel capacity?

Red button is just a fancy/redundant way of changing channel! I use the channels during Wimbledon constantly, but find it far simpler to just change directly to the channels, usually 801/802

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Re: standard definition

Depends on your content delivery system. I find freeview as good as analogue ever was on the primary channels. The compressed-to-buggery channels are less so, but the content usually warrants that... I have noticed on parents VM box that the quality of the same channel can vary enormously, but the freeview multiplexes are standardised.

Still, it doesn't help that your TV is massive compared with what it would have been like even 10 years ago :-) Try watching it on a 24" box and see if it's watchable then

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Life at Googleplex REVEALED in hot pics

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Re: What a waste

Of?...

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Attention tweeters: Your chance to win undying GLORY

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Slow-witted curmudgeons

"Given the general nature of our beloved readerbase, there are those in the office who now confidently anticipate our follower total hanging paralysed for months at 9,998 - but we're sure these curmudgeons have misjudged you all."

<cough> because none of those curmudgeons figured that someone would have had the nous to create two Twitter accounts. Either not so bright, or massively underestimate the average Reg reader..

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BOFH: The Cloud Committee Calamity

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See the opportunity

Beancounters will be blinded and confused by the terminology! As an example, think how many invoices for "virtual power supply" and "virtual LCD monitor" for each virtualised server you can redirect to the IT slush fund!

Hell, you can even then later invoice for the WEEE compliant disposal of those virtual LCD monitors. Virtual toxins used in the manufacture can be dangerous to Second Life/WoW players and leave the company open to expensive lawsuits...

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"surprised looking Alsatian"

Not least for that line alone, glad to see them back :-)

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Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

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Erm

1) *he* didn't film it, one of the women did

2) *he* didn't know it existed (IIRC)

3) *he* didn't release the video

4) *he* didn't publish stills accompanied by allegations it was a Nazi related

In short, he did something entirely legal in private which is now in the public domain with defamatory narrative attached. Other than having sexual desires different to yours (S&M with multiple partners), I don't think he did something "stupid" that he can "learn from". It's worth noting that he already tried to (reasonably IMO) get an injunction against anyone publishing the video, but lost as the judge ruled it was already out there.

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Re: Re: @Bristol Batchelor

"So, what you're saying is that Google should block anything that matches "Max+Mosely+sex+video"?"

Erm, no, I think you missed the sarcasm.

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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Red/blue

Even though I haven't used them in at least 20 years, I still remember the colour coding on the Game Boy bundled buds - blue=left, red=right.

Pretty much any bud I buy these days are either marked or are asymmetric in design so that left/right is ruddy obvious. Quite a cool idea for switching to mono automatically though.

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Angry Birds boss: Piracy helps us 'get more business'

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It's changing

On a slightly related note (games being pocket change), the number of comments I see on game/apps reviews rating it "1 star as it's not worth the price" when they're talking about a 59p game is incredible, occasionally you see it applied to free games too where they may not be great, but still provide at least 10 minutes of entertainment... for nothing. Fav example at the moment is the modernised Dizzy game.

I only mention this as I'm not always sure that people will stick with the "m'eh, what's £x?" argument once they acclimatise to the new price point - people will forever demand a bargain and a cheaper-than-what-they-currently-pay product. Be an interesting (but likely unworkable) experiment to launch an abysmal game on the App Stores with a negative price, i.e. you're paid to download it and see the results...

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TVCatchup

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Bad?

And what data do you think they're keeping about you? From the sign-up process I went through, they asked for an email address (entirely disposable - one time verification needed), username/password (if you give anything vaguely important to your ID, then hell mend you), date of birth (no need to provide anything accurate - I didn't) and region (which is explicitly exempt from the data collection, and even if it isn't, is used to ascribe which regional variation you receive, so pick somewhere close).

The *only* thing they can glean about me or any other user is "people who like watching BBC1 at this time, also watch BBC2 at this time" etc. Highly valuable to TV marketing and scheduling types, absolutely worthless when it comes to spamming me or selling data I consider as personal. They can also (apparently) target the adverts better at the beginning of each stream. Good luck to them.

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Better than web?

I never bothered installing the app, I just go straight to the website. Is there any advantage of the app over this?

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Eh?

Can't believe it doesn't make popcorn either...

I can't tell if that post is an attempt at sarcasm or what, but seriously??

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Students busted for hacking computers, changing grades

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S M R T. I mean S M A R T

"They were very smart"

Were they? I don't think the principal has realised the problem in being shocked that they were honour roll students with great grades, who, erm, only got great grades once they changed them.. :-)

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O2 apologizes for 'unintended' number-leak cockup

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Norm in mobiles?

"Initially there would have been no way to deliver anything sensible without it. In the days of GPRS (and Edge here and there) the bandwidth of an average mobile connection pretty much required re-writing web pages. The "other uses" came later."

Not quite. Initially there was WAP/wml which the sooner we forget about, the better, but that was designed to create custom "web" pages on small screens with the bandwidth limit on GPRS. It wasn't http/html so can't really be considered interfering or rewriting (although that technically happened - wml was converted/compressed to bytecode by the WAP gateway).

All the while though, GPRS/EDGE was also capable (and did) provide a "pure" net connection, with no proxies or interference on internet connections. Using IRDA or Bluetooth I regularly used my mobile as a modem - initially as "dial-up" (you could use it as a 9.6K dial-up modem to any ISPs numbers), then as a pure GPRS or EDGE connection directly through an APN, you even had your own IP address and it would permit any traffic. Part of the reason Opera Mini took off was because it would compress images/html etc. I'd say it was around the time of 3G taking off when network operators started introducing the closed model with Opera-esque NATed/proxied content with content re-writing.

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The missing kicker

The Information Commissioner doesn't consider this to be a breach of DPA, as apparently a mobile telephone doesn't constitute personal data. Quite how the &^%* they come to that conclusion, I've no idea, but O2 are free to give it out to whichever "trusted parties" they choose, regardless of your permission.

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Flag-waving Lego Canuck soars to 80,000ft

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Cough

Courtesy of text message to Chris Evans on Radio 2 this morning... "to bold-lego where no-one has gone before..."

Made me smile anyhoo!

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Why O2 shared your mobile number with the world

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"Personal contact data"

Apparently phone numbers inexplicably *don't* count as personal data, and so aren't covered by the DPA..

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O2 3G stops giving punters' mobile numbers to websites

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Or

The deluge of press requests from a number of sites including el Reg, plus the fact their @O2 Twitter feed exploded with complaints!

Good to see social networking working as it should :D

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O2 leaks 3G users' mobile numbers to every website visited

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Truly

You could, but not via the O2 network - the proxy would strip it out, or replace it. If you did it from outside the O2 network, the IP addresses wouldn't match and it would be obvious it was done manually.

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More

They also insert a javascript link into pages. To what end, I'm not sure.

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Lazy?

Lazy O2? I'd say the opposite - you have to go to some effort to create such a balls-up. I find it hard to believe it was an accident.

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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

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Trojan bidders, or illegal sellers??

As it turns out, not his effing house to sell!

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@Graham Dawson

In the case of the seller, it's the highest they can get away with. Chances are good they can get it higher if they're not being hampered by £100K worth of day-glo covered MDF in the living room.

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Reminds me

Of the joke about the man who walks in on his wife and his best friend:

"Mate, I have to sleep with her, but *you*??"

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Easy

It's presumably in her name and *not* paying the mortgage would cause the bank to repossess. Selling may not have been economically viable due to either negative equity or given the timescales involved, an endowment mortgage with a significant shortfall. He may also have been paying rent. Finally, selling a fixed asset in your name before a divorce isn't always the smartest move either as its harder to prove the money raised by the sale isn't both of theirs.

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Combination

You forgot the combination:

Candles in a vase = amazing (candles should still not be lit)

Or the Christmas alternative:

Twigs spraypainted gold or silver in a (inexplicable different) vase = Festive and good

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re: you grumpy asshat

"his hobby is no harm to anyone else"

Except his to-be-ex-wife, y'know, the owner of the property? It won't sell any time soon at its correct price. You're right, he's perfectly entitled to a hobby/obsession and good luck to him, but spunking close to (what's now) £100K on permanent fixtures/fittings to a property that's not in your name isn't the brightest idea, and from what I can tell they'd separated when he kicked off his project, so knew this must be on the cards at some point.

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Laser used to cool semiconductor

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@amanfromearth

In the same way you can do bold, italics etc...

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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

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Not bad

Given ouija boards are based on what the participants expect the outcome to be, then doesn't seem too wild an idea to me. Ouija's only give results that the people holding the marker believe it to be - if they thought he was guilty based on the evidence, then the ouija result would tend to show that too.

In the case you're describing though (mid-90's murder trial), IIRC it was only some of the jurors who did it, the defendant got a retrial, and was found guilty again.

I don't think you can say the jurors discussed the case with anyone else - to do so would be to concede ouija boards are contacting the dead and other such bollox.

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