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* Posts by Richard 81

825 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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Holmes

Re: Ugg, grocer's apostrophe in that sample

Centroid of course.

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Re: Less annoying than mangled text?

"Less annoying than mangled text?" Yes.

It's still bloody annoying and I certainly don't approve, but it is slightly less annoying than having to click next image a hundred times before finding one CAPTCHA that doesn't have r merged with n to look like m etc.

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'Computer GEEKS' snatch NOBEL Prize for chemistry - without using chemicals

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Re: Numbers, Big numbers, and Random numbers

Just look at predicted LogD; it's usually way off experimental results because almost no one predicts it in 3D and accounts for solvent accessibility. But meh, good enough for government work.

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

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Re: Don't fret

Just make sure it's as close as possible to a primary target.

...or super far away and start building fortifications.

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Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

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Re: " Wonder what kind of application photon matter would have"

"Read the link might be an idea?"

That's not really fair to say to someone when the article is behind a paywall, now is it? OK, so in this case an example did happen to be in the abstract, but still not everyone has a subscription to every journal. Of course, the authors could have gone open access, as we all should these days.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Richard 81

Re: per cent

A horrible Americanism, maybe, but sadly it seems to be the international standard these days.

Like spelling sulphur with an f.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

Richard 81

"it's more likely to appeal to people who are currently PC gamers than it is to attract console gamers"

Not quite. If you're a PC gamer you've probably got a decent PC, so why not move your PC to the TV rather than buy a new machine? On the other hand, a hardcore console gamer is probably going to avoid this in favour of an XBox One or PS4. I expect this to find a market in middle ground: people who own a fairly rubbish laptop and maybe a XBox 360 or PS3 (with no intention of upgrading), i.e. casual gamers.

...of course success in that market relies somewhat on the price.

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'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

Richard 81

This isn't a medieval menagerie, they have plenty of space.

OK, it's not their natural habitats, but it beats being a stuffed head on a wall.

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

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Good idea

There are location-based apps that do the same sort of thing, but who the hell walks around with their GPS on all the time?

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

Richard 81

Re: Fair prices for technology

Those round corners don't make themselves you know.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Richard 81

Re: Police Involvement

They should have told him off for wasting their time.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Richard 81

Question 1: Why the hell do we have premium numbers anyway?

Question 2: Why can BT et al. not simply block numbers for us?

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

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Re: Probably didn't look too hard

I ordered mine from B+N too. No hassle processing the order... but it took nearly a month to be dispatched, which was several weeks after the dispatch date it continued to display.

Still, happy now.

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Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits

Richard 81

Re: Four Toes

More Kit Kats are probably sold in the 2-finger format in multi-packs than the full four.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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...and it's ultimately the consumer that suffers. As always.

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Virgin Media signs 3-year telly deal with BT Sport

Richard 81
Flame

Re: Unexpected item in channel area

Free? Don't you believe it!

Remember that "free" network upgrade? I fully expect all of our bills to go up very soon to pay for this.

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