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* Posts by Richard 81

838 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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

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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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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

Richard 81

Re: Off Switch ????

Not if you want to keep playing the xBox. No Eye of Sauron connected, no playing your games.

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

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Devil

Re: Ugh

"Happy holidays to ya!"

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Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

Richard 81

Re: what are you planning on shoving down a pipe bigger than 10Mbps

"Would you expect all the people in a shared house to use only one car, or phone, or bed..."

Yes. Yes. Well maybe 150 years ago.

The one car question depends on where you live, but 20 years ago most people I knew only had one phone.

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Richard 81

Re: If you want the benefits of city living...

"Can you show me the person holding a gun to your head forcing you to be a farmer?"

There may not be one now, but when all the farmers give up and go to the city to... be unemployed I suppose... then there'll probably be one or two gun wielding persons who want to know where all the food has gone.

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US federal judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY

Richard 81
Trollface

Re: not quite

You know we've had this thing called "money" for a while and have built up quite a lot of legislature regarding how it may be acquired, traded and used. Just because some folks think the world started with the internet, does not make it so.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Richard 81

Re: and a word in support of oneliner ifs

When I were a lad we'd get the cane for writing "goto" on anything.

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Richard 81
Flame

Re: @Robert Long 1

Code style, shmode style. I vote "grokked" or "grok" or whatever be banned for ever.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

Richard 81
Trollface

Worst. Insult. Ever.

So if you're a fanboi, you're a Republican? Ouch.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

Richard 81

I've seen "what colour is the text?"*, or "what is this a picture of?". Ridiculously easy for a human. Not impossible for a computer, but difficult if you change the image and wording of the question each time.

*That one might catch a colour-blind person, of course.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

Richard 81
Boffin

Re: @ ElReg!comments!Pierre - We stand to have access restricted to 3D by spooked bureaucrats.

Speaking as a chemist, Cronin may have been pushing his ideas a bit far. Essentially what that paper is about is building tiny reactors with reagents inside, i.e. "lab on a chip" technology. Now that's pretty cool, but it's no where near (or even moving vaguely towards) playing around with DNA or actually printing a drug.

As for "tailoring drugs to your DNA", we have enough trouble tailoring drugs to particular proteins.

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Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

Richard 81

Re: NTL

@AC: How are you connecting to your VM modem now? When we moved and got a silly super hub I stuck with it for a while, until I got fed up. I then set it to modem only mode and connected to the same old router I used at our old flat. I generally get the 30Mb connection I pay for now.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

Richard 81

The brute force approach

Visit 100 people a week and ask them "Are you the enemy?". If they say yes, shoot them.

Now, if only they could increase the number of "Are you the enemy?" checks a week, then this would be an excellent methodology.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

Richard 81
Trollface

Re: Guy Fawkes too

Guy Fawkes? That Catholic, Spanish-loving, nutter???

I don't think so!

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

Richard 81

Re: being off grid

Great if you can do that. Not really practical for everybody though.

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Richard 81

Re: Has this been tried on real people? @Tony W

"Government don't understand the mechanism of supply and demand. The Oxbridge educated fools think that if price increases, demand goes down, because (hopefully) the undeserving middle classes all use a bit less."

It's not just the politicians. The morons that run our railways think it works like that too.

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Richard 81

RTFA

"a planetoid the size of Pluto"

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Richard 81
Flame

@AC

No, actually this news story comes from a press release that describes one idea that they do have, based on the evidence that they've gathered. Finding evidence and coming up with theories that explain the evidence and allow you to make predictions is called science. If you don't like it, I suggest you consult your nearest homoeopathist, who'll no doubt help you through the trauma.

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

Richard 81

Re: It the Shuttle was still operative...

Were Shuttle launches much more frequent then the Soyuz ones?

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

Richard 81

Re: Mature market.

"There's no more upgrading, because the technology reached the point of 'good enough' around the Core 2 Duo - ancient chip now, but still quite capable not just of office work but playing games too."

While the console market remained static, true. As they move up the next generation though, PCs will likely be more taxed. Top gaming PCs will remain unfazed, but mid/low end systems won't be able to cut it.

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

Richard 81
Black Helicopters

Re: Curvy screen... why?

So there must be an LG marketing bod snooping around here. Who else would down vote Dazed & Confused

and ColonelClaw.

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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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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?

Richard 81

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

Richard 81
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

Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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

Richard 81

Re: no way

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

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Richard 81
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

Richard 81

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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