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* Posts by Richard 81

805 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

Richard 81

Well yes

This is Europe, where the history comes from. You can't dig a hole in this continent without discovering something.

It's a bloody nightmare for gardeners.

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Giant human-powered quadricopter wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

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Re: Leonardo, you WERE right on the money!

...and significantly lighter than the materials of his day would allow.

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Ciseco Pi-Lite: Make a Raspberry Pi trip light fantastic with 126 LEDs

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Re: There are many LED matrices

I'm with Larry F54. If there are any online retailers out there wondering why I went through the process of registering, only to abandon my shopping basket and never come back, it's because their silly P&P charges were only disclosed at the checkout.

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What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

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Both are just names for scientists.

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Richard 81

Re: I hate pizza

In as far as it is possible to say encountering a disembodied name on the internet is meeting someone, you are the first person I've ever met who doesn't like pizza. I didn't think it was even possible. I suppose some people just don't like the taste of delicious.

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

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Childcatcher

Pictures or...

Judging from the responses of my peers, I take it the usual call for "pictures or it didn't happen" is not required. Indeed, it sounds like "no pictures so it didn't happen" is more appropriate.

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Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig

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Re: Ok, time to go back to 7

Or spend $5 on Start 8. When I get a new laptop I'm likely to be stuck with Windows 8. Assuming 8.1 doesn't break Start 8, I'll certainly invest in it.

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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Re: Mein Kampf is many things...

This is one of those things that I feel I should experience, but I really can't be bothered to spend any money or time on it when I fully expect to hate it.

...rather like finally trying a Hershey's bar.

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Re: I remember seeing an documentary a while back

Running wartime research like a free-market didn't help either. Lots of competing research groups with no central committee for approving projects and allocating resources? Silly buggers.

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Richard 81

Re: Um...

"Without wishing to sound in any way wacky"

I'm afraid that ship has sailed.

@Daniel B. Kim Jong-un admiring the Third Reich makes about as much sense as Dutch neo-Nazis, yet they exist. Besides, I've met people from the far East that don't know an awful lot about the Nazi's part in World War 2 since, to them, the main antagonist was Japan.

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Richard 81

Re: Had some trouble parsing that sentence...

Branching into politics now Eadon? Good to see you're sticking to the tone you use for comments about Microsoft; how else would we know it was you?

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Acer Iconia A1-810: The Android tab longing for eight-inch Apple action

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Re: no way

I'm not above the effort of turning one free thing into £300.

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WTF?

Re: no way

"Even if they offered it to me for free..."

Who says this and actually means it?

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MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

Richard 81

Re: Walled Garden anyone?

Indeed. Surely the fact that old Mac Pros could take standard (albeit flashed) parts meant you could keep it going for much longer than your average Mac. With this, Apple has done away with that profit-denting customer behavior.

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Review: Beagleboard Beaglebone Black

Richard 81

Ease of use; close to the metal usually means close to impenetrable.

At least with Python a lot of the libraries are written in C and are heavily optimised.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Re: WIthout a lot more details of the testing process

Research published by a vendor, in a public journal, that shows the vendor's product is best? Be critical.

Research published by a vendor, in a press release, that shows the vendor's product is best? Be thoroughly skeptical.

Research published by a vendor, in a press release, that shows the vendor's product is best but doesn't describe the method used? Ignore it, as it probably came straight from the marketing department with no actually research being carried out.

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

Richard 81

Re: Good grief

OK but you're still paying the Apple premium on a (very nice) low spec. machine. My point was not that Macs are relatively expensive, everyone knows they are, it was that you can accept paying over the odds for a Mac since you have no choice, but there is no point in paying these prices for a PC.

If, however, you've got all huffy because I've implied that Macs are relatively expensive, then... well, I'm sorry if facts upset you.

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Richard 81

Good grief

I can understand paying those prices for an iMac, since you really have no choice if you're buying from Apple, but the PCs are rubbish. Build a tower in a stylish case or a mini unit that can be hidden away and buy a nice touch monitor. You'll either slash the price or get a hell of a lot more for your money.

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Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

Richard 81

So far

So far this is the only Windows ultratabletbook I've seen that has me even remotely interested.

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

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Black Helicopters

Re: So the big brother state has won

Dictatorship?!? Don't be ridiculous, that's one person! What we have is a bunch of unelected civil servants in lifetime jobs that make all the decisions and then persuade our elected leaders that it was really their idea all along. They're always very clever though; they make sure to push different ideas through different politicians, so that a right-wing idea is given to a right-wing politician and vice versa.

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

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Re: "The board is seeking submissions from Brits"

Lovely though continental cheeses are, you wouldn't want to toast any of them. Melt, sure, but not toast.

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Richard 81

Re: Import the ingredients

Or vaguely near almost any other city in the country, you plonker.

I was living in Sheffield for the last 6 years and had no problem getting good produce from perfectly normal shops.

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Richard 81

"I am used to seeing real, actual meat on the spit."

OK, so you're not American then. I wonder where you are from since elephant's foots are ubiquitous; I've seen them in Paris FFS. Actually I quite like the way the German's eat donor meat: in a big bread roll or rolled up in a tortilla.

@Smallbrainfield: Yeah Sheffield has some very nice Turkish restaurants.

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Richard 81

Context is everything, so where are you from AC?

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Richard 81

E = yumc^2

If I don't see a horribly complex equation for the perfect cheese on toast in tomorrow's Telegraph or Daily Mail then it's not real science.

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Richard 81

Not even "goat"? ...cos goat is quite tasty if curried right.

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Richard 81

Re: Bacon

Yes of course you are. Indeed you should ask that question of everything you encounter in your day-to-day life.

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

Richard 81

Not mute

I wouldn't want to mute, but being able to adjust the volume of dialogue, music and sound effects would be very useful indeed.

...being able to mute laughter tracks is a must though.

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UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END

Richard 81

Re: Civilised war

How about a war of agreed balance? Yesterday we bombed one of your cities and in return you get to bomb one of ours of equal size and value.

I'm sure I've read or watched something where this was played out. Can't remember where though.

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New 4TB drive spaffs half a telly season into your eyes AT ONCE

Richard 81

Re: the rustling of small leaves.

I think we need a few smaller standard units too.

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Dell's PC-on-a-stick landing in July: report

Richard 81

Re: Yawn

I might go for one of those when I eventually get a modern TV.

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Last time CO2 was this high, the world was underwater? NO, actually

Richard 81

Oh dear

Prince Charles isn't going to like this.

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Nintendo throws flaming legal barrel at YouTubing fans

Richard 81

Re: The Wii U is dead

"The Wii U is dead" - Let's hope so.

"...to be followed soon by Nintendo" - Hopefully not. I'd rather they do a Sega and start making games for other platforms.

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Thongs of praise: Slip on Japan's skimpy mobe knickers

Richard 81

Oh Japan, you are a strange place.

...and this isn't even the half of it.

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

Richard 81

Scheduled to ship

Did anyone who had their order cancelled receive a "Scheduled to ship" email?

I got an email yesterday saying it would ship on the 1st May, i.e. the same day, but haven't heard anything since.

I don't mind waiting a bit longer, but I'd be very pissed off if it sits there for a while and then cancels itself.

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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

Richard 81

Re: Split Screen Required

Have they said they're going to stop people playing split screen? Surely that's one of the main reasons for having a console.

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Richard 81

Re: Always On?

You're with VM and you're not worried about always on?

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

Richard 81

Re: Test Results?

Never have I encountered such foul, mindless perversity. Have you considered a career in the church?

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

Richard 81

Signed, for all the good it will do.

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TalkTalk was warned by the watchdog to consider use of the word "free" more carefully in its future ad campaigns, or else... not much.

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'Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an always-on console'

Richard 81

Re: 'Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an always-on console'

This may sound a bit conspiracy theory-ish, but if they were never considering the always online option wouldn't they release a statement saying just that? It would kill the bad PR dead.

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'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake

Richard 81

Re: Why?

"I mean for god sakes, they invaded Iraq over the fact they suspected they might have WMDs with no evidence."

No, that was just the excuse they gave. You'd be mad to invade a country that actually does have WMDs.

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Richard 81

Re: Why?

E: They're China's bitch, and China has no interest in getting dragged into a war and/or having a collapsed nation on their border when the North inevitably loses.

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

Richard 81

Re: Let's call it a draw...

I've never met him, but these two posts pretty much describe my assessment of him via the various media I've seen/heard/read his work.

What's wrong with a little enthusiastic baffoonary anyway?

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

Richard 81

Re: I think theres a bit more to it than risk free and saves money.

@Rampant Spaniel

I wasn't suggesting that not putting new content on streaming services justified piracy. I was saying that it almost certainly increases it.

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Richard 81

Re: I think theres a bit more to it than risk free and saves money.

"I would admit though since signing up for Netflix and Lovefilm the amount of movie piracy I do has taken a massive dive."

Then this is the way to go. New content on Netflix at release. If you have to wait, people will pirate it and will probably never pay for it (despite claiming otherwise).

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Richard 81

Re: Presumably because it's risk-free and saves a ton of money

Regional licensing and pricing needs to die now.

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Richard 81

Re: The customer defines value

JC_, you're right. We need some haggling here. Big content needs to accept that they're asking too much and need to come up with a better deal. Downloaders need to accept that they can't have everything their way.

If the likes of Netflix got all content as soon as it was new, I would not only be willing to pay, I would be willing to pay quite a bit more that £6 a month. But it doesn't because the producers don't feel they get enough from it, so I won't pay more because it's a crap deal.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Richard 81

Re: EA is criminal thief, takes money for nothing

Them guys ain't dumb.

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Throttled customers rage over Virgin Mobile UK's tight cap

Richard 81

Re: Cap? What Cap?

Lucky you. Mine just reported 2.2Mbps. Not too bad, but it's certainly been worse than that before.

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