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* Posts by Thomas 4

1518 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

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Re: It IS rocket science...

Probably the biggest place at risk is South Korea. A missile could easily be intercepted if they tried to hit somewhere like Guam, Japan or the US but if the got them close enough to the border and let rip, they might actually have a chance of hitting something.

Also, even if they can't do a full nuke, what about the potential for a dirty warhead? Is that a possibility?

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Re: Missile fuels and testing

@Spartacus

I agree. Even the most rabid dictator is aware that rocket scientists don't grow on trees and I imagine that successful ones are treated like royalty. If for no other reason, KJ knows that without decent scientists, he is royally boned.

....but then again, Western Civilsations are royally boned without decent scientists and we don't exactly pay ours well.

Also, can we get a "royally boned" icon please?

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Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

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Re: Topic? What's a topic?

We don't need peasants like you in The Silver Badge Club. You're also not allowed in our treehouse. Nyer-nyer.

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Wanna put your toaster and fridge online? Over to you, Ofcom

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Re: yes, but

The Twitter Toaster!

#MakingToastRightNow

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Anonymous joins forces with arch-enemy The Jester against Norks

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North Korea playing games...

I think it's some kind of Hacker bingo. All they need is Gary McKinnon and they'll have a full house.

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Monkey poo probe reveals secrets of middle-management brains

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Re: "Middle managers suffer more stress than anyone else"

Middle managers believed to suffer more stress. Also noted - monkeys shit in the woods.

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Federal lawyers, MIT threatened following Aaron Swartz' death

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The protestors are doing it wrong

Oritz et al were legally entitled to threaten Aaron Swartz, which makes it Okay.

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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It's true

Last time I saw them at the Farnborough Air Show, the resolution on the fourth plane was off and had a couple of dead pixels next to it.

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Re: Are you sure it's Photoshop?

If this doesn't happen I will be bitterly disappointed.

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

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Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives

So purely from an academic angle, what *would* you need to cut through a major submarine cable? Does it vary from country to country (i.e. American ones being hardened more than Middle Eastern ones)?

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West Virginia seeks Google Glass driving ban

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Re: Someone else who's missed the point about privacy and GG

You do know that the term "pub" is derived from "public house", right?

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After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

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Re: There sure as hell is a need for press regulation

I've re-read it and I have been hasty in my initial post, for which I apologise.

That said, with your example about the PR wanting to get an article taken down, what if it had been an individual that has been the victim of unfair press? The PCC is a remarkably toothless organisation and the only other option is legal action, which for an individual going up against a national newspaper, must seem like a futile task. A newspaper can hire an army of lawyers, an individual can't. Plus someone that's had their life intruded into by the press is already under a colossal amount of stress and pressure; to go through expensive legal action with a highly doubtful outcome...

There does need to be a way for individual people to be able to call newspapers to account but allowing them to do so in a way that cannot be abused by more powerful people...that's beyond me.

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Re: There sure as hell is a need for press regulation

I only first became aware of it on FreeThoughtsBlog; someone had managed to cache the page before it was taken down. It didn't do any favours for my blood pressure.

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There sure as hell is a need for press regulation

For those of you that move in LGBT circles, the name Lucy Meadows has been making headlines this week. For those unfamiliar with the story, about 3 months ago, Richard Littlejohn of the Daily Mail wrote an extremely degrading "expose" of a transwoman in Manchester, describing her as being in the wrong job and that her transitioning was "having a devestating influence" on the children in her class.

She killed herself last week after three months of press harassment.

To date, no official action has been taken against Richard Littlejohn. The PCC refuses to get involved despite literally thousands of third party complaints. Do I want journalists to have completely free reign? Not if they can destroy lives and get away with it.

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Florida fisherman bags two-headed MUTANT SHARK

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Re: Shark Fin

It doesn't matter whether they eat the rest of the damn shark or not. Sharks have an extremely low reproductive cycle when compared to other fish species, so it's little wonder that a large number of sharks are critically endangered. Shark fishing simply isn't sustainable, regardless of how much of the shark is eaten.

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Re: Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?

Oh neat.

Just did a Google Image Search on David Hockney and if he drew all those on an iPad it completely blows my argument out of the water. They're pretty amazing - which program did he use?

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Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?

With any kind of drawing, you need a high degree of accuracy, which you're unlikely to get with fingertips. Even when you have a slab more suited to it, like the Galaxy Note 10.1, there's still limits to what you can reasonably do.

I'd be really interested in hearing from the artsy or graphic designs section of El Reg on this - does anyone use a fondleslab as their main artwork tool? (Please note I'm not referring to the Wacom and its ilk, which I know from first hand experience to be delightfully useful gadgets. =)

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Umm, I'm not sure how cool I am with this

One person's "affectionate teasing" is another person's "bullying bastard". I was on the receiving end of an awful lot of "affectionate teasing" in school and it made my life a misery. Mr Fry has said he isn't cool with it, so maybe knock it off?

He is also, by and large, a fairly harmless individual and Christ knows there's more deserving targets out there for a verbal shoeing. You should also bear in mind that it's other people that have described him as a "national treasure" and all that crap - not Mr Fry himself.

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

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Does no-one else see the irony in this?

A "free" operating system being used by one of the most oppressive and brutal governments on the planet?

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That Osbo bloke - he's on your Twitters. 'What a c**k'

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Be nice, folks =)

Mr Osborne is doing the best he can to save the economy with his Courageous Outspoken Capitalist Knowledge.

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Holly(oaks) talking head is FUTURE of face messaging, claims prof

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Re: I see no need for this.

Speak for yourself. I want a Hollyphone.

EDIT: That's a Norman Lovett Hollyphone, for preference but a Hatty Hayridge one would be cool too.

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Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

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Well...

...they'd be far less eager to raid saver's bank accounts to prop up European bankers.

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Nelson Mandela's island prison hell to become game

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Re: Stupid

Medal of Honour fans are united in their anger at the Medal of Honour franchise, at least as far as Warfighter goes.

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Trip the fight fantastic

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Square Syndrome

That's the name of the condition Ms Croft is afflicted with. It's something that crops up again and again in Final Fantasy games. The female lead flits indecisively between spunky and petite little flower mode, often within the space of a few minutes. Say what you will about Ms Croft being an object of titillation but one thing she has always been is strong and independant. Turning her into Dagger, Rinoa or Aeris was always going to jarringly out of character.

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Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

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Re: $urface

I know, right? I'm rather fond of my Lumia and would happily splash out on a Windows Phone 8 10 inch slab but the fact that even Microsoft's hardware partners are refusing to touch RT with the proverbial pole speaks volumes.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: BE CAREFUL. Someday it WILL happen to you...

The article also fails to take into account people's innate stupidity when given a modicum of freedom. A half pint quickly becomes a pint, then a pint becomes two points and then next thing you know you've put some poor bastard in a wheelchair for life.

My driving instructor was a vicious little sod but one thing he said still sticks in my mind. "A car is a weapon. Like any other weapon, if you're careless or irresponsible with it, you will kill someone."

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

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Spam bots...

...just got pawned.

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Japan to trial emergency 'calls' by Twitter in disaster zones

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Not actually a dumb idea

For dealing with individual emergencies, the system would be pretty awful but in the event of a large scale disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane, the system could gather locations that are being tweeted from and that would help to pinpoint emergency hotspots.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: "Primer"

DC's stuff gives me the frigging creeps.

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Another missed one

A very old one but would Metropolis fall under this category?

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Oops, they did it again? Britney Spears, Paris Hilton 'LAID BARE ALL OVER THE WEB'

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Not cool

Seriously. I don't care how famous you are, or whether you think these guys and girls are assholes. No-one and I mean no-one, deserves to have their financial and personal details splurged on the web for criminals and dickheads to abuse as they see fit.

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Self-healing chips survive repeated LASER BLASTS

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Re: Interesting, but...

Nano-assemblers create minute quantities of duct-tape.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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Re: What about gay porn? Women aren't being used there.. What about..

This is bullshit. I know a rather large number of women that enjoy grumble flick action and so do most of the transgender crowd I'm acquainted with. So saying that banning porn for reasons of gender equality is garbage.

Or...if this about there being a larger amount of porn aimed at men, lesbians and bi folks, then I'll happily plop a signature on any petitions to increase female and gay porn on the internet.

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Big frigging deal

Plenty of folks are, right at this very moment, working themselves to death but you don't see anyone saying "Maybe we should be on holiday or something"...

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No M&S vouchers for CSC staff as awards scrapped to save costs

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A false show of solidarity

The CEO coughing up his £100 M&S voucher means nothing to him. Someone on a considerably smaller pay package losing a £25 M&S voucher has much more reason to be annoyed.

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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@JDX

"Why would you feed tea to pigs, it has little nutritional value."

So you can get tea-flavoured bacon. Duh.

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Twinning's Assam

Rich, strong, good quality tea.

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DWP denies major IT problems with One Dole To Rule Them All system

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Hark, what is that I hear?

Could it possibly be the sound of an incoming train wreck?

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Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

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Goodbye Ms Leach

Your articles set a new standard in baiting Apple fans and for that you will be sorely missed. o7

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Re: Most people stay with their bank in the UK due to inertia.

I'm with Natwest at the moment (haven't had any card issues but that's due to spending most of the week ill in bed) but I think this recent fuck up has confirmed that we can expect more outages in future.

So what alternatives are there? Is the Co-op any good, or a similar set up that doesn't have a bunch of money grubbing CEOs?

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Torvalds asks 'Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more?'

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@Thad

"Every time a Windows system is booted up someone, somewhere in the word dies."

And every time someone buys a Windows Phone, Eadon dies a little inside. So remember folks, the Lumia you buy today brings us one stop closer to a brighter and quieter forum.

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Indian atomic boffins draw up plans for 50,000 TONNE magnet

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Re: People!

All I will say is good luck prying your front door keys off that sucker. oO

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

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Taking bets

...that within a year of this technology becoming widespread, someone will attempt to sue Fujitsu for hand cancer caused by exposure to IR light.

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UK injects £88m into Euro bid to build Hubble-thrashing 'scope

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Re: Daily defence spending...

Holy shit, when I read the first comment I thought I'd wandered onto the Yahoo comments section.

*shudders*

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Twenty classic arcade games

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This is an outrage

No Afterburner on the list? For shame, sir!

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US gov cash slash threatens manned trips to asteroids and Mars

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Re: Bah@Thomas 4

True but just imagine how much more *useful* it would be to take that $46bn cut from the military and give it to Nasa.

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Bah

We've got no money to send rockets to other worlds but we've still got plenty of cash to send them slamming into other countries.

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WHY would survey-slingers give YOU a free $1,500 Google Glass?

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A novel idea

I feel that Google Glass has terrific potential. You could feed your glasses prescription into them and have a bluetooth based sensor that sends your current blood/alcohol ratio to them too. Then your Google Glass recalibrates itself so that no matter how drunk you are, your vision is not impaired. That way, the cute boy or girl you hook up with at the end of a session remains cute when you wake up next to them the following morning.

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Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

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Re: MS are trying a little harder to push the Surface than the Zune

Although it goes against every fibre of my being, I do partially agree with Eadon here.

The Surface's price is ridiculously high for what it is. Is there anything the Surface Pro can do that could not be done by a similarly spec'd laptop at half the price? Its little brother, the Surface RT, is hobbled by an OS that really, really should have been Windows Phone 8.

If Nokia made a 7 or 10 inch tablet with Windows Phone 8 on and spec'd and sold at a similar price to the Galaxy Tab or iPad, Microsoft would have made a killing, or at least a fairly hefty flesh wound. As it stands now, neither Surface is particularly appealing.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to scrub my keyboard with acid for typing that first sentence.

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