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1097 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Oz R18+ game rating goes live

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Happy new year

It feels just like 1913.

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Official SCIENCE*: HIGH HEELS make you SEXY (Ladies)

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I'm now officially puzzled

I may be wrong but I seem to recall some research a few years ago that said ladies who "seductively gyrate and swing their hips" while walking are in fact at their least fertile and therefore don't need to "look sexy".

PS Mrs Coat has some 6 inch heels that look rather pleasant.

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"

Macbook Air.

That's not a computer. That's a diamond-encrusted masturbatory device.

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Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

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Winter cleaning?

It's summer in the southern hemisphere.

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Yahoo!'s Mayer, Apple's Cook 'Person of the Year' finalists

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A small error

I think the phrase you're looking for is not anti-Apple Reg commentards but people with a clue.

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

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Same old routine

It doesn't matter whether it's a commercial operation or a political party, they all do the same thing: kite flying.

If there's no adverse reaction then the new policy goes ahead. If there's an outcry then they back pedal a bit and make out that they really do care.

One thing you can guarantee is that the terms of service will still have changed and not for the benefit of the users.

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Football club catches, then punts, Kaspersky name

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I know what I'd do if I was Kaspersky

I'd show my appreciation by fucking right off with my sponsorship money.

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ITU to treaty haters: Enjoy your pricey roaming, boatloads of spam... suckers

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I'm a bit puzzled too

Two-thirds of the world's population hasn't got proper internet access, and most of those countries wanted this treaty. Meanwhile the minority - which has the fastest broadband - gets to extend its control from the internet into telephony, much to the delight of the Western blogosphere.

I can see why some of the ITU proposals were worth questioning but I'm still waiting for an explanation as to why the Internet would be better if it was run by Google.

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Ray Kurzweil to become Google's top engineer

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I wanna be a futurist too...

...cos I don't currently get paid for talking out of my arse.

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

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Re: Sod the Curiosity pic...

The what?

The lady on the left side of the recreation pic. Her legs are missing from the knees down.

And take a look at the top half of the orange step ladder. Someone must have been having a sly fag when that part was being exposed.

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Sod the Curiosity pic...

...I want an explanation of the floating lady with no legs.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: I almost died in Australia

I almost die in Australia every day. From boredom, usually.

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Apple updates maps to remove Australia’s ghost-city in the desert

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Re: internet mapping

Those are done for copyright reasons.

Or in the case I mentioned, not for copyright reasons. Google used local govt map info that includes roads that were planned in the 60s but never built.

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Re: internet mapping

an error on google maps

We have a fucktonne of Google Maps errors around here. Ghost roads that don't exist on the ground but are shown quite clearly on Google Maps complete with names.

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Re: GATACA

why not just sequence everybody at birth and get rid of people with an IQ of <100 and any genetic defect?

Where would we get fresh politicians from?

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Iran draws veil over lolcats, launches local YouTube knock-off

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Re: Holy cow...

this is their version of GooTube not F***Book

Don't worry, they are following this up with Farsibook.

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Mehr?

Meh.

Bring on the Ayalollahs.

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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"hanging out" with their chums in Gmail

I sometimes worry that I spend too much time online but I haven't sunk that low.

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Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case

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It's time the fanbois got off their hipster arses

There are squillions of fanbois in the world so why don't they start a fund to pay for this bloke's healthcare? A quid each would cover it easily.

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Long-distance robot makes landfall in Oz

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Re: irritatingly anthropomorphised... as “he”

I think there's a clue in the name Papa Mau.

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"with software brewed by Java creator James Gosling"

Given Java's rather leaky reputation I guess just staying afloat for a year is quite an achievement.

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

Many people may feel that this will enhance the Twitter experience.

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World's largest miner spooked by climate change

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Re: Cyclones

Actually, pretty much the entire southern hemisphere is imune to hurricanes. But we do get rather a lot of cyclones.

You'll never see a hurricane in the southern hemisphere:

Hurricanes are Atlantic Ocean cyclones.

Typhoons are north west Pacific Ocean cyclones.

Southern hemisphere cyclones are cyclones.

North Indian Ocean cyclones are cyclones.

The main difference between southern and northern hemisphere cyclones is the direction of rotation but they are all still cyclones.

Just saying :)

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John McAfee remains on the run, but outside Belize

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"carrying a North Korean passport"

The name in the passport, Kim Jong-McAfee, is a bit of a giveaway.

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EU joins Google, hippies, Uncle T Cobbleigh in fight against ITU

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Just imagine if governments ruled the Net

Dodgy countries like Syria could just cut off phone and net access at the drop of a hat. Oh wait...

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New laws to shackle and fine the Press? We've got PLENTY already

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Re: Is the existing laws are so wonderful

Because they weren't enforced properly. Next question...

And the reason they weren't enforced properly is that the enforcers - the police - are as bent as the press.

Next suggestion?

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El Reg Movember lads sprout mighty Unix beards for cancer charity

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Re: Great work raising the money...

Sounds like the BMJ see an unwelcome rise in men actually visiting their doctors for a change.

Looks like you didn't read the full article. Movember is giving advice that goes against evidence-based research.

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Great work raising the money...

...but you may want to read this piece about Movember by the British Medical Journal.

The summary para for those with short attention spans:

Movember does not just seek to raise money but also to “significantly increase the understanding of the health risks that men face and will encourage men to act upon on that increased understanding.” To do this, men need fair and accurate information. Movember’s emphasis on screening tests, its recommendation of a frequency of screening that is not based on evidence, and its failure to provide good supporting information place well intentioned men in unhelpful conflict with their doctors. Meanwhile, the far more pressing concerns of mental illness, alcohol and substance misuse, smoking, and obesity are pressed into near silence. Is this the best we can do for men’s health?

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

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Re: You know you have a problem...

Pile it all in the canoe, just in case of flood.

I see where you're coming from but I'm not sure that would work for me. The two largest items in my main garage are two 20' ISO shipping containers so I'd need one hell of a canoe. The other garage isn't quite so excessive.

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You know you have a problem...

...when your garage is messier than mine after a Category 5 cyclone/flood combination.

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Re: "unfriendly" European hi-fi gear?

The DIN is a cheap, domestic quality audio connector. The XLR is a solid, professional audio connector. If you have any more questions please refer to a qualified sound engineer. Oh wait, you already did...

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Re: "unfriendly" European hi-fi gear?

The DIN connector is the poor man's XLR.

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Scoop! The inside story of the news website that saved the BBC

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Holmes

No shit

It felt like the kind of medium you'd use to send academic papers to a foreign university

If only the fathers of the Internet had the same foresight as Mr Birt.

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Badges for Commentards

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Gold, silver, bronze...

...and a rusty sheriff's badge for Andrew and Lewis, I hope.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Re: "ship off thousands of vegetarians to Mars"

They're only growing crops there, not farming animals.

An enforced lack of meat in the diet doesn't mean someone is a vegetarian. That's like saying a prisoner doesn't leave his cell because he's agoraphobic.

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Re: "ship off thousands of vegetarians to Mars"

I must be going blind. Could you point out where EM mentions vegetarians?

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

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"OS/2 also needed a couple of extra megabytes of RAM"

I was running Warp in 8 megs on a 486. Still, if you wanted to do multimedia with full motion video you had to fork out a few quid for "big" hardware.

Note for the kidz: You could buy a second hand car for the cost of 8 megs of RAM in the early 90s. (Yes, I really did mean to type megs and not gigs.)

Where's the Four Yorkshiremen icon when you need one?

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Russians: Decision on diva Sarah Brightman's space trip in early 2013

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The trip will cost around $35m

I note with interest that home taping is still killing music quite a bit.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Re: Personally I loved OS/2

Me too. I have very fond memories of OS/2.and the support was second-to-none. One day an IBM product manager turned up a my place to help us out with a problem. He even left us with extra software to play with.

The installation set of some 32ish floppies was a bit tedious though.

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ACCC calls for liberalised copyright in Oz

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A question for the mods

Do you have a script that automatically deletes any comments critical of Orlowski?

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Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

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Cuddly, loveable, Google

All those free services don't seem quite so free now, eh?

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Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

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"Past the age of 12, children's interest in Apple wanes"

Let the downvoting commence.

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YARR! Library Wi-Fi PIRATES can't be touched by Queen's men!

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"greasy-haired blokes in trench coats"

I guess Orlowski has never been to a music biz conference. The delegates look pretty much the same as the PP members in that photo.

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Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes

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Really? Seriously?

AC/DC music has never been sold digitally before

Did three decades of Compact Discs pass them by?

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Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical

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Re: What a useful and well-thought out comment.

What part of the phrase "taking the piss" don't you understand?

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Re: both share the same goals, or similar goals.

Mozilla exists to make the Web a better and more open place. Google exists to make more money for Google.

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"less airtime than Google or Apple"

If Mozilla gets less coverage in the non-tech media then the answer is simple: put a stupid cartoon on their site and change it regularly (works for Google) or change the boss to a polo-necked plonker that thinks he's Jesus (still works for Apple).

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Taliban official's email blunder leaks 400+ contacts

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They should have used Thunderbird

Any slightly competent UI hacker could remove the CC: field from the Compose window. There may even be an extension already available with the similar functionality.

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Saucy MINX in a THONG makes GoDaddy's hy-PHWOAR-visors go

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Hmmm...

...I wonder if the photographer (MobiusCo) or the model (Mercedez Lee) were paid by GoDaddy. That image doesn't appear to be available via MobiusCo's online store.

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