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Best Buy to shutter all UK megastores

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re: ?

Completely ignoring the fact it's an English word and in the OED I see... Good work, carry on with your indignation.

The fact *you* have never heard of it does not make it an Americanism. Even if it were, to pull the shutter down on our language (see what I did there?) and never accept any outside influences would be an even sadder day. Perhaps we should be talking and writing only as Shakespeare did, and never change. As for how good my Greek is, an ironic reference, given about 25% of "our" language descends from Greek.

But don't take my word for it

http://boingboing.net/2009/01/07/stephen-fry-on-the-b.html

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Headmaster

And Best Buy is a company originating from.. where?...

Besides, to "shutter" something is to bring the shutters down, close the shutters, for a prolonged or permanent time. It's not an Americanism per se.

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"I get an 8% discount at DSG stores"

So still being ripped off then... :-)

Fingers crossed for a fire-sale at BB anyway. In their defence, the one I've been into (Bristol) was the nicest laid out tech shop I'd seen in a long time. Certainly beat DSG stores in terms of on-shelf demos.

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Hard disk famine shaping up as predicted after floods

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Philosophical

The question is usually "if your family needed bread/food". It's c) a clear self-deprecating dig at the mundaneness of the IT crisis compared to the humanitarian crisis in Thailand.

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Boffins spy on iPhone screens from 200ft away

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90º

Who needs to hold it at 90º? It's working on the reflection. Even if I had it on my lap, I'd only be tilting my head around 40-60 degrees, giving anyone in front of me with a perfect view via my (in this case non-existent) glasses.

The biggest flaw in the scheme is that glasses wearers are in the minority.

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Goldeneye 007: Reloaded

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For England James?

My only question on this release is "why?"

Yes Goldeneye was great on the N64 and many a happy uni night was spent thrashing my flatmates, but the world has moved on. Rehashing an old game with modern-day tech has its limits. At least with Doom and Wolfenstein they reinvented the story as well as the tech.

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Is the electromagnetic constant a constant?

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More

I'm offended at people being referred to as "scientists" and not "boffins". Ricky Gervais pales into insignificance in terms of slights.

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One missing

I thought that too, but then remembered that it's also possible to measure the distance of stars using trigonometry based on it's position in the sky compared with where we are (measure the angles once in spring, once 6 months later - your reference points are now 300,000,000km apart and you can draw a very slim triangle and solve for the "height")

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Ginormous sunspot spews solar guts towards Earth

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It's probably

global warming...

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Ten... Blu-ray disc players

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One reason

The only reason not to get a PS3 in the mix is because despite best efforts, it's quite fugly when stacked with a bunch of other equipment under the TV, and has to be "top of the pile"

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Alien city lights could be detected across interstellar space

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Independent evolution

"Here on earth eyes have evolved several times independantly"

Correct, but the common factor isn't "physics", it's speculated that it's due to our star's spectral emission peaking in the "visible" light spectrum. In other words, although the Sun emits pretty much the entire spectrum, it's brightest at ~550nm - the centre of what we call visible light. Colours are effectively a myth, or at the very least just a handy guide to gradation that we came up with.

If life were to evolve on a planet around HAT-P-9 for example (an exo-planet was discovered there, but a gas giant), the peak would be between "blue" and UV. Optical senses would likely be centred around there, making their "yellow" our "blue".

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Seeing is believing

I thought the theory for why we see in "visible" light is due to that wavelength range being the peak of our sun's radiation spectrum.

Presumably, if eyes (and light) were to evolve around a different star, their "visible light" would be different to ours and their light emissions offset too. Not to mention when you consider red-shifts for each world, we'd be looking for any light, pretty much discernible from the system's light emissions.

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Massive PC shortages to hit this Xmas

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PC World

Happened to be in a PC World today, and they have a sign up limiting HD purchases to 2 per customer due to the flooding.

That's 2 more than I'd ever buy in there, but ho-hum...

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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We all do that from time to time to keep the ladies happy though, right?...

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Duke Nukem Forever dev slams unfair reviews

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Maybe he fell asleep for 10 years

As I recall, HL2, HL2:Ep1, HL2:Ep2 were reviewed highly. So yes, evolutions of a game can happily be good.

To that end, you could argue that Portal & Portal 2 were spin-offs of HL, and were still good.

For his HL vs DNF argument to work, he has to be saying that they've just re-released one of the original DN games without any advancement, and is upset that people think it's stagnated.

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PlayStation Network downloads limited to two devices

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Two is all you really need

It enables you to transfer it between two machines and deactivating the old one afterwards.

Presumably the only reason it needed to be 5 previously was because there was no way to deactivate a product/system?

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Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse

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Yes

If you were opening a restaurant and selling it to people.

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Apple iOS 5's hidden 3D revealed

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Uhm..

3D rendering *is* supported in any app you care to write for it, through OpenGL and DirectX. It's powered by the PowerVR GPU built into the A5 processor.

Besides, advertising has its place in the world. Even the sign outside a shop telling you it's a kebab shop is a form of advertising. Hosting a corporate website is advertising. To call it a cancer is a tad overdramatic.

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iPad 3 to debut Q3 2012 as iPad 4

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@Def

Evil Dead 2 or Reservoir Dogs though?..

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Are we rationing electrons now?

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Mars probe crippled by buggy SSD successfully jury-rigged

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Safe mode charging

So when it's in safe-mode, it needs to align the mirrors to keep the solar charging. And when it's fully up and running it powers itself... how?

Genuine question!

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Google explains 'why' ads target user's Gmail

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Astrological

Were you perhaps born between June 21st and July 22nd?

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Cameron loves net freedom – as long as no one's rioting

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re: Hurrah for flip-flopping

"Isn't it a good thing that the government will abandon ideas that are either impossible or unpopular?"

You missed the point that only the last one has been abandoned. And no, we shouldn't be *pleased* that they reject impossible ideas, not unless we're willing to set the bar incredibly low. They don't get the choice to reject impossible actions, it just happens.

As for unpopular (or amoral), is it so wrong for us to expect our representatives in parliament to understand our needs and wants without having to wait for a massive backlash?

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Read

Swap the word "suitable" for "technically possible", "moral" or "likely to incite outrage in their constituency" and the sentence becomes even more accurate.

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Broadcast television is 75 years old today

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Activision banned me from Call of Duty gig, says exotic performer

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"Here's the game to review"

What crime would they be committing?

I'm not sure that biased reviews are against any law.

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Another reason to jail-break your iPhone 4: You can get Siri

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Unique

It doesn't say that you can't apply it to the 4. It also doesn't say it will stop the 4S working. The implication is that the Siri servers will just assume the 4S is doing all the Siri requests that the 4 actually is.

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Dear internet

Well, I've bothered to RTFA

1) you can obtain that from a jailbroken 4S

2) you can obtain that from a jailbroken 4S

Right now the guy who figured it out isn't going to distribute the files, but I suspect has detailed the process for others to try. Either "borrowing" a 4S, or waiting for someone to inevitably distribute the files doesn't seem too hard.

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Fair enough

But I honestly can't remember the last time I turned off my phone though

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ASUS: 'We run out of hard disks at the end of the month'

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Carrying stock

"the company has said it only has hard disk drive (HDD) inventory until the end of November"

Genuine question, how long do PC makers hold stock for in general? I would have thought they did a rolling stock of roughly a month regardless?

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How to pipe live telly into your pocket with 4G

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Analogy?

"Mobile TV has had as many false starts as an Olympic 100m sprint final"

So... not many then?

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

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@jedit

"I'll be shagged up the arse with a splintered broomstick before I get a USB port installed..."

Let me guess... you're a firewire man..

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Miley Cyrus cracker: 'I'm too short for the slammer!'

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FAIL

Nice try troll

But I "hack" about with code all the time. Let me know what charges I could be facing.

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Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike

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@rse

Just when I need to buy 5 x 2TB drives...

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Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

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"vpn somewhere like Latvia"

May want to pick a non-member state for your VPN then, I imagine VPNs would be treated as ISPs and be forced to log too.

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True

"Politician claims data records will help ID paedos and predators"

They're absolutely correct, much in the same way my handy lump hammer here will do a great job of cracking open a nut. Will probably turn out to be quite expensive though as I'd need to keep replacing the dining room table after each nut...

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China Central TV comes to Freeview

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Who's financing this?

The licence fee, Sky subscriptions, DVD sales and although less effective, advertising still makes an impact.

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Orwell

Presumably you need a compatible "telescreen" to receive the feed that you can't switch off and is 2-way?

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Vlingo

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Hurry, while stocks last..

I don't imagine this app will survive for much longer. Expect a tweak to the App Store Ts & Cs shortly.

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Earth escapes obliteration by comet

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Alert

New headline

"The scientific reality is this modest-sized icy dirtball's influence upon our planet is so incredibly minuscule that my subcompact automobile exerts a greater gravitational influence on Earth than the comet ever would."

"Don Yeomans' car set to DESTROY THE EARTH!"

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RIM faces legal action following service outages

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WTF?

Paying whom?

Maybe I'm ignorant of RIMs Canadian operations, but is this person paying $25 per month *to RIM* or to his mobile telco/ISP?

I've been looking for an answer to this, but who in the retail world is paying RIM for Blackberry services? I can currently lob any old SIM into an old Blackberry I have sitting in a drawer and register for a BB-style email address, without any additional charge on my ordinary telco charges.

Apple now have iMessage (a borderline rip-off of BBM, but integrated into the SMS app), which was provided to me for free. Am I now able to sue Apple if this service ever goes offline?

In the court of public opinion, perhaps it's reasonable for RIM to pay something to their users (which I think they have, in terms of some freebies, much like Sony did) as they don't want customers switching to iOS or Android, but I doubt there is any court in the world that would consider awarding damages to a consumer for loss of an effectively free service with no or limited SLA.

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Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates

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Close

I'd guess just their misunderstanding of the word encrypted.

"But all our Windows machines require a password to log in to them" may have been a more accurate statement.

The BS-o-meter was triggered by the subsequent statement of how they securely erase them afterwards too - you'd think option 1 or option 2 would be enough for only mildly sensitive data.

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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

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Wedge. End. Of. Thin. The.

Rearrange the above words into a sentence summing up my feelings

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German boffins BREAK LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS!

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Done

Wasn't there a CPU fan showcased a while ago that was powered by the heat of the CPU? Isn't this roughly the same application?

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Union enraged by secret driverless Tube plan

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@Craig12

"Couldn't a driverless tube system be 24/7 ?"

I driver-tube system could be 24/7, much like the bus network. The reason it's not is due to required maintenance windows each night. The tube is constantly being serviced.

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DLR

"It would leave passengers stranded in tunnels with no means of evacuation and would turn the platforms and stations into a muggers' and vandals' paradise"

The DLR has been an example for almost 25 years of how this system could work. I'm amazed it hasn't been considered or leaked before. If it's anything like that, the trains wouldn't be staff-less.

Though not sure how they'd reduce operating costs if the trains were still staffed...

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Griffin Technology Helo TC

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The cost

Any RC chopper in the £30 or less range is going to be using IR, simply because it's so cheap (both in terms of power and cost to implement).

BT = two microcontrollers on each end

IR = an LED and a photodiode

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World Solar Challenge: Why the winners were so good

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@jake

"However, that bit of sillyness behind us, he's a lot greener than any human built solar-powered anything I've ever come into contact with. What's the energy TCO on the solar cars? I'll bet the electricity to produce them is several orders of magnitude higher than they will ever collect from the sun. To say nothing of the pollution inherent in the GaAs process (etc.)."

Ever considered that all the stuff in the WSC is proof of concept stuff that's not designed to be completely green, but rather pave the way for future products that are? You can't consider the TCO of *just* the one car - you have to consider the TCO of the potential cars.

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Meteor shower falls from Halley’s Comet on Saturday

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Easy

They know roughly where it'll land (within a few degrees of latitude, but limited idea of longitude, just due to it's orbit), what proportion of that area is land and what the population of that area of land is. So your chances of being hit are actually variable on where you are on the planet. In Blighty for example, there is zero chance.

Unless it takes a big fluke ricochet off a 747 on the way down or something...

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Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

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Worked at ITV-HD

Just wondered if he was the same bright spark that interrupted the ITV-HD coverage of the 2010 World Cup?..

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