* Posts by Richard 81

863 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

Richard 81

Re: Awful acronym

CICADA: Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft

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Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

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Re: Oh look - the Lib Dems are making us a promise just before the election.

Julian didn't bother to turn up for the vote on banning letting agents charging fees to tenants. As a member of his constituency who doesn't enjoy coughing up £75 for a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of a tenancy agreement, I say screw him!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Deep-fried cheesy Hungarian

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Re: Suggested improvement?

...or a burger.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Presumably Labour and the Conservatives where specifically mentioned because they've actually been in government, or at the head of one.

It's probably the civil service's fault as much as the politicians. I rather suspect they make all the real decisions, no matter what party is in power.

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SGI sales mushroom with Atomic Weapons Establishment deal

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Re: Can someone explain....

Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

Richard 81

100mb/s? I'd be happy if the 30mb/s I pay for was stable.

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Re: So, I need to drink 100 pints to save a pound?

You must not live in the south. Here you'd have to buy at least 400 to get one free.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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I guess we need to wait for Google flying cars that fly themselves before these things go mainstream.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

Richard 81

Re: failure or not

On top of what they'll be paying on their bills.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

Richard 81

Better to keep them all in one place, so they don't bother the rest of us.

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Re: Naomi Campbell

Everyone knows it's a small province of the superstate Oceania.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

Richard 81

Re: I smell lobbyists

"Thankyou [...]. However in the future, I would prefer a nondescript briefcase to the sack with a dollar sign on it."

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

Richard 81

Re: Warranty void if seal is broken

If you chop your own hands off, you're holding it wrong.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

Richard 81

Re: Could you perhaps tone down your laddish editorial? This isn't RALPH

I'm confused. If this was a serious article then your rant might be warranted, but I'm pretty sure the gist was:

- Study finds people who binge-watch are sad, lonely and overweight

- Study conducted by Muppet

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Richard 81

Re: The credentials of the authors of the paper ...

"The credentials of the authors of the paper ...

... don't automagically negate the observation."

That very much depends on the credentials of the author.

If they had a PhD in sandwich making, would you still take their conclusions seriously?

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

Richard 81

Now please make it illegal for a website to ask to install its mobile app every time you visit.

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By the power of Xbox, WE HAVE THE POWER! - Leakers publish One's SDK

Richard 81

Re: CPU power

It would, presumably, effect loading times. I've seen Assassin's Creed: Unity running on an XBone and the load times are ridiculously long; often they're well over a minute, per cut scene.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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Austerity, we've heard of it.

Only two of these were less than £200; in fact they were £1 less than £200.

I would like to get better speakers for my TV, so a list of options around £100 would be very useful.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

Richard 81

Re: science eh?

What about all those technologies that came out of war that are now used in civilian life all the time?

Penicillin? Computers? Radar, and microwave ovens as a byproduct?

Of course, there are plenty of technologies that aren't useful for anything other than killing people, but in this case I'm sure there are plenty of civilian applications for big lasers that can burn things as long, safe, distances.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

Richard 81

Re: The only good thing about BT is....

I'm also a VM customer, and for some reason the only junk mail is from VM trying to sell me a service I already receive. Idiots.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Richard 81

Re: So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

It appears to (as I've said, I've just started the trial), and the best I could get on my purchase today was delivery on Thursday.

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Richard 81

Boo!

I've just started my 1-month trial of Amazon Prime. At best, I'll be getting the first class post option for free.

At least I'm not actually paying for the service I'm not receiving.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Richard 81

An article like this is always nice from time to time. The free AV tools people used to suggest are now bloated pieces of junk (I'm looking at you AVG), so pointing out the alternatives to those who haven't been following the trends is always helpful.

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Gates Foundation to insist on Open Access science

Richard 81

Re: Well done!

Lots of universities are adopting an open access policy though, even for industry-funded projects.

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

Richard 81

Re: And they need it!

"Sometime before the heat-death of the universe"

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

Richard 81

Cow-orker?

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Richard 81

@Infernoz

[Citation needed]

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

Richard 81

Re: I suppose it was inevitable...

"Hey you! Beardo! Mine's a latte!"

The economy will have collapsed, so you'll be lucky if it's Nescafe - *shudder* - Original.

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Re: London is a dirty unfinished shithole

Detroit isn't finished in the same way that Carthage is finished.

...yet

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Richard 81

Re: Isn't it weird...

Not really. It's news about an area of the city getting a revamp. The changes to the road are just to allow that revamp.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

Richard 81

Re: no way

YEAH! Why would you, when you can spend even more money buying a phone that'll just leak your selfies all over the internet?

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Richard 81

Re: With you on this

Just as long as that tax doesn't come from wages/salaries. Those are taxed enough as it is, thank you very much.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Richard 81

Oh my how they'll complain though.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

Richard 81

Re: Which PHD thesis?

The "unfinished PhD" should not even have been mentioned.

An unfinished PhD is no PhD at all. If you haven't had your viva, then your thesis hasn't been defended and it could be complete tripe.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Richard 81

Re: Disappointing

"4:3 aspect ratio makes video playing crap, why have all those lovely pixels and waste a good chunk of them when you're using the damn thing?"

Unless you're trying to do work on it, in which case it's ideal.

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Re: there's now an Amazon Prime Android app

The issue with the Roku is very suspicious, since it's on the US version but not the UK one where BSkyB have a stake. In the case of this Google doo-dar, it's more likely to be Amazon's fault.

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Richard 81

Re: Google TV

...unless you already own a Roko or similar, in which case that revolution came and went.

I was kind of interested in this until I realised Amazon aren't putting Prime on it (for now). That's currently the only shortcoming of the Roku (in the UK), as either Amazon are withholding Prime or BSkyB are using their shares in Roku to block it.

Mind you, there's now an Amazon Prime Android app, so maybe it'll find its way to Google's puck.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

Richard 81
Headmaster

Re: Hogwart's Express

They say it's King's Cross, but in the movies they used St. Pancras.

...neither of which look much like they are described.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

Richard 81
Trollface

It's a little bit unique.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

Richard 81

Re: Thrown the book at them

"Make them eat English breakfasts 3 times a day"

I thought you wanted to punish them.

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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

Richard 81

Re: Where to buy?

You're forgetting screens and TVs, which are quite common, priced well and of good quality. Otherwise your point stands.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

Richard 81

"I COULD CARE LESS"

That's it, you just made the list.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Richard 81

Re: Consumers who care about quality?

I hate the reverse too. I can't stand watching a lot of long heads talking.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Richard 81

OK, so they're playing catchup, but the important thing is START MENU!

As long as the upgrade from Win8 isn't too pricey this might even be a day-one purchase for the wife's laptop.

Unless there's a very good reason, my Win7 machine can stay as it is. I'll probably wait to see what impact it has on games anyway, particularly older ones.

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

Richard 81

Don't forget the Met Office. He hates them too.

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Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

Richard 81

"[Microsoft] may drop the attempt to create a unified experience across both architectures."

We can only hope!

If Windows 9 undoes some of the horrible UI mistakes MS has made I, will go out and buy it to replace Win 8 on my wife's laptop. I might even be tempted to put it on my own machine.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

Richard 81

Re: Yeah, well, like, you know.

To what the hell are you referring?

What innocent American citizen? What drone strike?

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

Richard 81

Re: So basiclly, @ Mark 85

Underpants? No. A tea cosy however...

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Richard 81

Re: So basiclly, @Dalek Dave

M&S?!? Try just going to your local butcher's shop.

Of course, if you consider a butcher's choice pork and apple sausage to be anything less than a piece of heaven in piggy form, then I'm afraid you just don't know what good food is.

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Richard 81

Re: So basiclly, @Dalek Dave

Chris W, you're buying the wrong British sausages. When Yank sausages are the right kind they can be very good, since they're rather like German sausages. Those sausage meat patties are rubbish though.

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