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Nuke plant shut down after US earthquake

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re: Grazer

Swing and a miss folks, see Under Siege 2: Dark Territories for details of a brilliantly obscure reference. It's a particle weapon equipped satelite that can target the subterranean levels of earth and cause earthquakes. Grazer (pronounced Grazier for some reason) One was destroyed at the end of the film. Apologies for lack of spoiler alert :-)

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UK could have flooded world with iPods - Sir Humphrey

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"Britain could have invented the iPod"

Agreed with the article in general, especially the mocking of the idea hardware companies would give consideration to the format-shifting dilemma considering people had been taping from the radio, other cassettes, vinyl and CD for years now.

Though anyone else a bit bored of the assumption Apple were there first with a hard-disk based mp3 player? Or that it was a purely engineering triumph? The iPod (love it or hate it) worked as an overall solution, without iTunes it's practically worthless to the general consumer.

From my memory at the time though, it was Archos or Creative that were churning out the first HD based players.

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Osun MushRoom Green Zero USB charger

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Question

With regards to the second part (overcharging bad for the battery), why the hell don't phone manufacturers build this functionality into the phone itself?? All my laptops have done this for the last 10 years, it baffles me that the phones don't do the same thing.

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Hotboxer Xiotech drops the 'tech', goes all-caps

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Be honest

About 20% of that article contained made-up words and marketing bumf, right?

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Apple, HTC trim phone forecasts as markets tank

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Contracts

Do people actually still get locked into contracts with smartphones? Surely the smartest offering is with SIM-only deals and buying handsets outright? Better re-sell value (no network lock) and cheaper in the long run, no?

Haven't gotten a phone as part of a contract in about 3 years now.

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Sky Movies too expensive, says Competition Commission

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re: The problem here

"The same is true with privatizing rail - they said that the competition would lower prices etc, but it is still a monopoly as each route is controlled by a single franchise and you don't get the choice."

You make a good point, but the even more sobering thought is that the franchisees effectively bid for the route, presumably with the highest bidder being successful. This ultimately means they have to charge higher prices than the loser to cover the exorbitant costs they paid to gain control of the route.

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AES crypto broken by 'groundbreaking' attack

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@Steve Knox

"You are either alive, or not alive, at any given point in time."

Two words: Schrodinger's cat

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ARM vet: The CPU's future is threatened

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re: dedicated hardware

The problem with dedicated hardware for task x is about where to draw the line. Having purpose built chips for every task soon stacks up to be a lot of chips in one device, and ramps the costs up too. Not to mention the design costs for a hardware solution plus the inability to upgrade it later.

Besides, the same problem still applies - he's comparing the cost of a 2G modem with a 4G modem as an example. Even specialised hardware is still going to be more energy intensive - the scale still exists.

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Ten... outdoor gadgets

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Solar charging

Has it actually become viable yet though? Does it manage to charge its own battery in less than a day for example?

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ISS 'naut shoots first ever 3D footage in space

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@Fab De Marco

"I just can't wait for Star Wars style Hologram TV's to take off."

What, small, grainy, monochromed see-thru images? I'm ok thanks :-)

Agree with all your other stuff re: 3D though. With luck it will be a passing fad (saw interesting numbers a while ago saying that teens, presumably the target, were rejecting 3D in favour of 2D films - fingers crossed)

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3D innnnn spaaaaaaaace

Presumably the 3D impact becomes pointless as soon as you point the camera out the window though.

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Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

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Land of the free

@DrXym - "Google will (as one might expect) make reasonable accommodations for various ethnic naming conventions."

Such as only having one name, as in India or other non-Western societies who may well live in America?

@Crazy Ops Guy - "Non-discrimination only applies to Government organizations and employment"

Really?? Didn't realise that - so in effect, in the US, a shop can refuse service to someone based on race, colour, religion or sex? Not the case in the UK due to the Race Relations Act(s).

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"Google's rules"

Huh. So you're OK with the fact that Google is also excluding certain ethnic and/or religious groups with this "rule" that they're free to make up? Try looking in India for example.

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re: Go Stilgherrian

"But why Google+ ? Why use any Social-Diarrhea [TM] sites?"

Yeah, you're right, it's definitely Stilgherrian's fault...

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Sony prices up PlayStation telly for UK

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re: tempting

Even better, surely with this tech (the shutter/two images) your missus could be watching Come Dine With Me on the same TV as you playing GTA??

I've gone quite weak at the knees at that very thought...

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Plus

Don't forget to add on sales tax in the US (average ~10% I believe) and it's $450 in real money.

Remember you're only ever able to compare the quoted US prices with the VAT-free cost in the UK.

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COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA

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Sarcasm?

"that means the moon is only 244444 miles away"

Erm, yes. That's about right. It's ~250,000 miles away at the furthest point. Apologies if there's some weird sarcasm going on in your post that I'm missing...

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Spleling* mistake in the headline

"COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH"

Shirley if you're aiming to ape the panicked message, it should be spelt "DEFINATELY" or "DEFINIATELY"

* Yes, that's deliberate

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Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

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@Lord Zedd

"Leopard users can update directly without having to buy Snow Leopard."

The Ts and Cs still require Snow Leopard to be there (the minimum req's are OSX 10.6.6). There is no (legit) upgrade path from Leopard to Lion, you are paying for exactly the same product that you're downloading from the App Store, but at a $39 premium. Our math[s] skills are just fine thanks.

Plus regardless of this, you know fine well Apple could sell a DVD version for a helluva lot cheaper.

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@James O'Shea

By "hard coded, non-reusable", I meant the USB key.

PS check the system requirements, regardless of whether it's download or USB, the system requirements are "OSX 10.6.6" which is Snow Leopard - you can't (legally) upgrade from Leopard.

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Oh FFS

I could almost accept the "no physical product" sales pitch, but to whack it onto a (presumably hard coded, non-reusable) USB key instead of just pressing a DVD is just lunacy, even without the $40 overhead. Even from an environmental viewpoint, surely DVD is better??

The Snow Leopard retail pack was sensibly tiny (compared to Windows 7's big honkingly awful orange plastic box, say), being a slightly thicker than average cardboard sleeve.

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Apple delays 'retina display' iPad 3 to 2012

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re: delayed

I wondered that. It's almost like we've been living in a fairytale or an M Night Shyamalan film.

Instead of saying "oops, we f***ed up with that original speculation of a new iPad in 6 months" to, "ah, they really wanted to, but can't. We can't show you any proof of that though"

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Microsoft begins cagey Windows 8 disclosures

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re: Only using half your keyboard?

"Have some punctuation, it helps."

Ah, it's not his fault. Apparently the keyboard isn't compatible - I assume with Windows 7, but could have meant "with the user"...

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Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

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"Second, it's critical to remember who buys Android devices versus iOS devices: kids buy Android ("It's cheap!") while adults largely buy iOS ("Pricey, but it makes me cool with the other soccer dads!"). Guess which group will be buying devices long into the future?"

This assumes that kids will never ever changed their mind and the market won't change at all. As kids, we were all buying Nokia. I don't see many of those kids that are now grown-ups sticking with their 3310s.

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Apple ups iPhone production 'by 12%'

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Really?

"So Apple will be keeping iPhone 5 availability tight at first"

Hmm... surely that will generate hype and ramp up demand artificially? That doesn't sound like something Apple would do...

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TwitPic founder tries to pull rug from under Twitter

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Go establishment

"some are suggesting its just a complicated protest against the overriding power of the establishment"

Learn the rules people, establishment knows best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOVaPb2nVys

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Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

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Logic

"It's a bigger number, so people will think it must be better! We'll call it Firefox 623"

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Dell puts gun to Streak 5 tablet, pulls trigger

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Maybe

But market research (of which testing with users falls under the umbrella) only tells you so much. Quite often market research involves getting a bunch of people to try something out for financial reward (focus groups) and they're just so pleased to be there, they'll tell you what you want to hear.

Besides, unless they had to scrap a whole heap of unsold goods, I'm sure they either made some money off this, or at the very least expanded their knowledge in the mobile/tablet market.

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Icebergs measured in Manhattans: Official

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@I_am_Chris

How do you measure surface area of an irregular 3-dimensional shape from a satellite then?..

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Star Wars fans offered Blu-ray deals and previews

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@DrXym

Can I go about my business now?

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DARPA drops another HTV-2

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Hmm

Quantum weaponry, now there's an idea.. Depending on your view, it may increase or decrease their accuracy..

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Hey dumbo, Facebook isn't sharing telephone numbers

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syllabub is correct

Think of it this way. If a friend of mine has my phone number and "syncs" his contacts with his phone, FB now has my phone number without my permission. Although they're not sharing it with anyone except the person who put it there, why on earth do you think that will remain the same?

Bottom line, a "friend" has technically (but probably unwittingly) given my phone details to FB, without my knowledge or consent, and FB have stored it.

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BlackBerry Messenger archives open for inspection

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Further

My ironometer exploded at the use of Twitter to campaign against the use of BBM for coordinating riots...

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@Jim Booth

Give it a week, and you'll be typing like a pro. You'll shortly after be bursting out in cold sweats if it's more than 5ft away from you too. They're deceptive like that.

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Hauppauge Colossus HD PCIe card

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re: No HDMI or DVI out?

"Has the reviewer made a mistake? Is there not even DVI out for DVI to HDMI (which is just a connector and does support HDCP)"

You know it's not a graphics card, right? The only thing it can output (on component) is whatever it's being fed from the input - nothing from the PC. Not great not having an HDMI passthru, but not life threatening for what it's intended.

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Lossless music goes High Street

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F***in' ell..

"with lossless compression, you indiscriminately remove information before compressing if you want to achieve the same final size."

Dear Lord, do you actually engage the brain before spouting such nonsense, or just let it flow naturally?? Lossless = lossless. You start with the digital file, you compress it as best you can, but only in a way where you can recreate the original sound. Zip is a good example of lossless. Try zipping a text file, and unzipping it. Do you get a synopsis of the document?

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Watchdog washes hands of Lush hack

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Walk in?

You only have to walk down the same street as their stores to start gagging..

But in their defence, you've missed the eco-friendliness of it. The reason you can smell it all is because they don't use packaging. Just because soap is strong smelling, doesn't make it a pollutant, or artificial. They also don't test on animals.

I still can't bear to walk past a store though..

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LOHAN team buried under ballockets

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re: crowdsource

If the crowd was predominantly made up of Wile E Coyote and his family, then yes.

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GE brings holographic storage back from the dead

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@Ken Hagan

"How about a RAID array of something cheap-per-megabyte?"

Repeat to yourself over and over, RAID is *not* a backup solution and is *not* an archive.

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Spec set for 3D specs tech

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Reminds me

An XKCD springs to mind..

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/standards.png

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BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles

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Not holding breath..

.. does it improve upon the UI currently embedded with the PS3? i.e. the only way to really control it is through the PS3 controller, defeating the purpose of having the BD Remote that works for pretty much every other function (bar games, natch)? I'm not holding my breath..

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Use found for Twitter and Liz Jones

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You missed

You missed how the only reason she had to go to the NHS was because she f**ked up with her private healthcare. She managed to piss off the "jobsworth" receptionist further by explaining that she didn't need to be registered and that they couldn't possibly require her medical notes.

Waste of oxygen, turns into an (accidental) fundraiser - I'm torn!

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10-year old hacker finds flaw in mobile games

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Hack?

As mentioned, it's not a hack. It's also not something that can ever be defended against really, unless you have a network time server for the game to check against (which this apparently doesn't). The host device's time settings are gospel.

Unfortunately, I can't say I'd have done this when I was 10. But only because my C64 didn't have a real time clock that I could manipulate like this. Do creating my own Action Replay codes to search for the "number of lives" register count??

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Google fights to hide incriminating emails

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Legelese

"with the text already public it will be a hard fight to win"

Not really, it can still be dismissed as evidence regardless of how widespread it is - common knowledge can be excluded from trials if its deemed to have been obtained. The (now) ease-of-access is irrelevant to the argument and jurists can be instructed to ignore facts they know from outside the trial. Whether they do or not, or are subconsciously influenced is another matter...

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12% of UK don't carry cash

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re: not liking card

As pointed out, cash costs just as much if not more to handle than plastic. However, any retailer that knows what they're doing has already factored the costs of financial reconciliation into their overheads, be it cash or plastic. There is *always* a transaction fee, be it cheque, card, cash etc, it's just hidden somewhere that's quite difficult to extract and explicitly say "this is more expensive".

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DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks

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@Dale Richards

"Upvoters, show yourselves"

I'm not sure where you think that an upvote of any of the above comments was justifying anything? Regardless, there are plenty of arguments both for and against, with "lesser of two evils" seemingly the prevailing argument for.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debate_over_the_atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki if you really want to find out more, but do you really think this is the place for it??

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@Eddy lto

"With 4G on board wouldn't it be quicker to rent some time on Amazon's servers to crack the WPA encyption? Let's face it, 5 hours is a long time to stay aloft trying to pick a lock"

That's exactly what it does - it connects to a backend server, passes the encrypted data to it and waits for the brute force to be done.

You'd never get enough power up there for a GPU powerful enough to run brute force, let alone keep the plane in the air.

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NASA's Juno roars off to Jupiter

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Not to mention

How eco-friendly does a probe in orbit around Jupiter need to be anyway? It could have a dirty great coal fire going up there and it would actually be *more* eco-friendly (less coal that could be burnt here)

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E-petitions site: Death wish FAIL

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Confused much?

Erm, the anti's are effectively requesting the same debate. A debate "for" the death penalty is effectively the same as a debate "against".

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