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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Re: Amazing

Whoosh.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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Re: Ah for £86k I'd soil myself too....

"...they might have earned more money digging for a road crew than they earned from this."

Maybe, but this will be tax free.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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I think you'll find there are quite a few: Wiki

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

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Re: Why?

Fair enough. Shame the game is a PlayStation exclusive. Minecraft is just about supported on the Xbox 360, but it's largely a PC thing.

Has anyone made a fully programmable computer yet?

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Re: Why?

It's Lego and an exploration/survival game.

I've hardly played it at all so you can hardly call me a fanboy, but the things people have done in Minecraft are amazing. Can you make a fully functional copy of Conway's game of life in LittleBigPlanet? You can in Minecraft.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Re: Dear Householder ...

It's (perhaps) even more frustrating for someone who already has broadband, TV, land line and mobile with them to keep receiving their letterbox spam.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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If you can receive a terrestrial signal, and so can get freeview at all, consider yourself lucky. I don't live the the sticks either; I live in a city in a block of flats with no aerial and signal on portable aerials.

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Re: I hate set-top boxes

@dogged: I'm sure it's possible to port YouView to the XBox, but MS would still want you to shell out for a Live Gold account to use it.

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

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Re: Idiot film-makers

"Oh - and to the guy complaining about no minecraft on Windows RT... stop trying to make Windows RT happen - it's going into the dustbin of history just like Windows CE."

And Notch is doing his bit to help it into its grave. Good on him!

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: I've been helping friends (and businesses) upgrade from XP to ...

CentOS? Blech!

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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Re: In the UK?!

"Even a block of Cadbury's Dairy Milk has a hidden mic inside."

The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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Re: "an open source remake"

Is it OK to rip off Nintendo's art assets though?

Also, if he's not selling it anymore, how is he being ripped off?

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

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Hope

Maybe this means they'll finally lower their prices! Right? Maybe?

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: 16GB, really?

Hell, with USB 3.0 you could sit an external HDD on top of it and have as much storage as you like.

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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They've presumably ensured that these disposable satellites burn up completely before they hit the ground, right?

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'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'

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"I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it."

Then why didn't you bloody well sell it?!?

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Re: he sort of reminds me of a polished Boris

Apologies for the down vote. I kept reading the comment and realised the "[sic]" was correct.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

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Three exclamation marks

"Multiple exclamation marks, are a sure sign of a diseased mind."

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

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Re: "Dumb Parents"

...and what are the default settings? In the same way that forgetting to un-tick a tickbox should not be considered giving consent, neither should this.

Consumers should be allowed a little negligence. Companies should not.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Re: Is it?

In favour of what? Honest question.

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Oh no, I'm not suggesting they shouldn't ask for money, but a huge add that covers most of the screen is never forgiveable, no matter who does it.

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If the top third of my browser is taken up with the information I'm looking for, that's great. If it's taken up by a big banner by Wikipedia begging for more money, that's not so great.

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Agreed. Providing that information is correct and isn't littered with corporate spam, of course.

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Coffee a memory enhancing drug, say boffins

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A statistically significant improvement in a good-sized sample group won't help you if your memory is crap anyway. It might be a tiny bit less crap, but are you likely to notice?

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"Sick people. 10 different studies can be done 10 different ways to prove or contradict this."

Unless it was a good scientific study, in which case you can believe the findings. I can't tell you if it was a good one without buying the paper.

"Someone wants to sell more coffee."

Not according to the author affiliations. Of course the research could have been funded by Nestle, but that should be made clear in the "Competing financial interests" bit.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: Suggested reply.

It does if you pronounce them both correctly.

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RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

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That all happened in a pocket universe inside some guy's office anyway, so don't get too up yourself.

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: Reality check

Bang on. I live in the UK, which is allegedly part of the first world, yet I don't even have double glazing. Why on Earth would I need an networked light switch, oven, fish tank, toilet brush etc???

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Boffins: Bonkless Brits fondling slabs, not each other

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No reported standard deviation though. I know of a few very prolific individuals who'll no doubt push the mean up.

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Our Sun menaces comet 'of the century' ISON with FIERY DESTRUCTION

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I keep reading its name as JSON.

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Kiss goodbye to quiet skies: Now FCC ready to OK in-flight cellphone use

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Re: I'll be opening...

An EM noise generator on a plane. What could possibly go wrong?

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Bitcoin price SOARS after US SENATE hearing on 'legit' currency

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Good

I hate paying taxes as much as the next man, but if people are going to use it as currency it needs to be legally established as such. That means it's taxable, as well as falling under all the other laws regarding money.

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

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Re: "how laughably partisan gamers still are"

Quite true, although gamers seem to more frequently say things like "I hope [game X] doesn't come out on [platform I don't use]" for obvious reason beyond than spite. It may be because, other than the games that are exclusive to each platform, there really isn't much of a difference between them.

If you play your games on the PC (like me) you get rather used to this nonsense.

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Smartphone addicts go floppy under the sheets, warns DOCTOR WANG

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"Too much time spent texting, gaming and surfing the web can lead to a degeneration of the right side of the brain, affecting memory and attention span, the medics said."

Bollocks. Well maybe if we're talking about stupidly excessive use.

Spend all day on your phone, never doing anything active outside and not sleeping properly, and you'll probably start to see some negative effects on your health. Such negative effects will manifest in all sorts of ways, up to and including unwanted droopiness.

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Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

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Um, no.

"What do they think will happen, some socialist system where all are paid equally?"

Perhaps they'll just be paid based on their seniority within the company, moderated by what the market usually pays for someone of their specialisation. Or is that too socialist for you?

"They made it clear that there are no changes to the overall compensation budget and that managers have to manage salaries within their budgets. How does anyone think this will happen without some kind of ranking going on, explicit or implicit."

That's true, there will be a sort of ranking that goes on in the managers head. He/she will reward his/her team based on their contribution to the team's goals. If everyone does well, they'll share it equally. Of course this means that teams working under different managers will have different rewards. All they have to do is have a system in place whereby action can be taken if they think they're being treated unfairly.

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

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Re: Backups ?

So can you ever actually turn it into real money? The kind you can actually buy a pint with?

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Just because you're using Bitcoins for "money laundering and illegal trade and tax dodging", doesn't mean you're exempt from the laws regarding "money laundering and illegal trade and tax dodging". Your local law enforcement agencies will pretty soon want a word with you.

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I should feel sorry for the poor fools who've lost money in this, but mostly I feel they've got what they deserve for buying into a bloody stupid idea.

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Brit boffin brews INSTANT HANGOVER RELIEF

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Re: Part of his point is the *serious* damage alcohol does to a brain.

I don't disagree that alcohol can have some pretty nasty side effects, if abused, and I don't believe that criminalisation of drugs works, but are you seriously putting heroin alongside a pint of bitter in terms of danger?

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Re: Why bother at all ?

It means the scientific conferences Prof. Nutt attends are going to be just as fun in the evening, but without the otherwise inevitably sparse audience for the poor sod giving his talk at 9:00 the next morning.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Unable to watch as at work, but...

Is that ship supposed to be captained by Thin Lizzy?

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Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

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My little brother farted on that submarine once.

A good laugh was had by all.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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"Google has also said that the new hardware will support "future lines of shades and prescription frames," making them more accessible for users who already use other eyewear."

I really don't see how.

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

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Re: Milton wrote about a vision of Hell....

Since it's in Buckinghamshire it's in the South East region*. Yes it's also in the Home Counties, but then big parts of the Midlands, South East and East of England are too.

*Our regional definitions are silly.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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...and if they're using their phone, tablet, phablet etc. to take notes, or look up something that you're talking about to make sure they're on the same page?

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Also a few more bosses with at least a passing understanding of programming wouldn't go amiss.

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Chrome for the slurp-weary: Cookie-binning Aviator browser arrives

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Re: Referrer

Pretty much all of them, I think.

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Re: Secure? D'oh!

"Why is Java even enabled by default? Java can be disabled 99% of the time, and enabled for that one special occasion when you need it."

Unless you're in certain lines of work (e.g. medicinal chemistry), in which case that "one special occasion" is all day, every day.

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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I'd like answers to many of the questions that others have posted, but still, Volvo aren't stupid. They won't commercialise if it isn't viable.

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Last living NEANDERTHALS discovered in JERSEY – boffins

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Re: @fandom - 18/10/13 10:42

...and then there are those who evolved directly from reptiles into an entirely separate, cold-blooded, species; the most prominent examples being Mr Cameron and Me Osborne.

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