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* Posts by Richard 81

822 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

Richard 81

"In an infinite universe, the one thing sentient life cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion."

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Oracle plans to join Java hardware speed party

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GPU computing

Are we talking graphics acceleration for games and stuff, or a JVM that can do GPU computing?

A JVM that natively supports OpenCL would be super.

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Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

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Joke

New York to London in less than 1 hour?

Wow! That's only a little bit faster that going 50 miles by train.

What an age we live in!

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Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

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Re: Misleading is wrong but...

Good point. A contract can say more or less anything. If it's found, legally, to be unfair it gets voided.

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Re: Misleading is wrong but...

"it also says if they do they will always contact me in writing and give me the opportunity to leave or change tariff with no penalty to me."

Does it? You surprise me, since that's one of the things people are demanding.

Yes it is a legally binding contract, so people should be aware of what it says. However, giving the service provider all of the rights and none of the liabilities is hardly a fair deal. Just look at what happened when O2 went tits-up a month or so ago. They didn't have to give any kind of compensation despite people paying for a service they were no longer receiving. That fact that O2 _chose_ to do the sensible thing, from a PR point of view, and gave people nominal compensation is neither hear nor there. I'm not even sure if people on Tesco Mobile or its ilk got any kind of compensation at all.

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'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

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Thumb Down

If it does...

I might actually buy one.

Otherwise...

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Re: obligatory question....

"99.9999999999999999% of the worlds population have enough of a life not to want to do it in the first place"

So only 0.000000007 people then?

I care, and I'm at least one person. :P

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

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Re: Send war rocket AJAX to bring back his body!

"O frabjous day callooh callay!"

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I'm confused

Does Adobe actually want anyone to use Flash?

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Re: where do updates come from?

I don't think manufacturers will be bolting on their own interface, like they do with Android. Also, no mobile network crap. I expect the relationship between MS, OEMs and users will be much more like it is for regular PCs.

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Oz regulator says crowdfunding must obey financial rules

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Slightly relevant, I think:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yYjESHILGo

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Re: Head above parapet

"I'm still unsure how you can be against eating meat but still support an industry that kills all the male chicks soon after birth. Eating eggs isn't 'bloodless'."

Quite so. Doesn't matter if they're 'free range' or 'organic' or have any other friendly marketing label; they all come from the same machine.

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'It is not something you are good at, so please think twice'

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Re: Visually impaired Apple graphic designer?

Yeah, I call BS.

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Beer mats to tout tat to mobiles over wireless NFC

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If I see something like this in a pub....

...I'm taking it apart.

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Foldable NFC keyboard could tempt Android users

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Re: My thoughts while reading that went like this

Sounds about right. Disposable things shouldn't cost £150.

...well unless they're made by NASA. But at least when they put a battery that can't be replaced in something, they make it a nuclear reactor.

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Facepalm

Re: what am i missing?

The "phones, rather than tablets" comment was in response to the URL. All those keyboards are way too big to be a practical companion for a phone.

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Richard 81

Re: what am i missing?

This is for phones really, rather than tablets. No idea if NFC is superior though. That innovation seems to have passed me by and I know my Galaxy S2 hasn't got it.

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Richard 81

Re: Battery aside.....

One could, but one would be kidding one's self.

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Richard 81

To hell with that!

That's ridiculously wasteful.

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Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness

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Meh

Like most monsters, Apple are trying to rewrite their history.

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Ten... console games you may have missed

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The Witcher 2 continues the story, so it might be a bit jarring if you haven't played the first one. Then again, the first one was pretty jarring, since Geralt's lost his memory.

The controls are very different. Combat in the first one involves pausing, clicking on your target and timing your attacks. The second one takes the more conventional "press X to swing sword" approach.

That all being said, The Witcher 2 looks significantly better on PC. Assuming you have one that can handle it.

...wish I did.

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all...

Except The Witcher 2.

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Richard 81

@AC

The 1990's called... etc.

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Cameron: We'll turn NHS patients into real-time drugs lab rats

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If... then... else

If access to this data was properly controlled, then great. It could be extremely useful for any number of non-evil groups.

If, however, it is handed out to any Tom, Dick or Harry, or simply leaked by mismanagement, then abuse is going to be a serious concern. As mentioned by someone earlier, insurance companies would love to get their greasy mitts on this kind of dirt.

...actually, now I think about it, poor data quality may make this database largely useless anyway. Data from clinical trials are often really difficult to interpret since doctors don't care/don't have time to worry about consistent data entry.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Re: Congrats to NASA

I think the crater is pretty old and that it's provided enough shade for long enough that there could be some ice lying around.

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Richard 81

Oh, go and grow an imagination.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

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Re: Brown sauce?

"A food product identified simply as "brown" would rightly be treated with suspicion here in the antipodes."

Only because Vegemite's name isn't sufficiently descriptive.

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Richard 81

Re: IT angle time....

"Anyway there was too much bacon in that pan, it lowers the temperature and doesn't fry properly."

Indeed. That bacon was hardly cooked at all.

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Richard 81

Re: Dangerous suggestion

Buttie just means sandwich.

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Richard 81

Re: Dangerous suggestion

Majo on anything hot is just weird.

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Surely...

Surely the latter option is just too complicated to cook after a skin full. It'd be pretty good as heated leftovers though.

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@David Knapman: Claptrap! If you're health conscious, you shouldn't be eating bacon.

Personally I like to butter one slice and put a mixed layer of English mustard and ketchup on the other. I'm not saying it's the only way to do it, but it's damn tasty.

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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

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Re: only gonna get worse surely?

Furthermore, I've tried gaming on tablets and phones, but touchscreens just don't cut it.

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Re: only gonna get worse surely?

"The future is surely tablets, and other devices running Onlive type services."

I bloody well hope not. I haven't bought a physical game in ages, but moving to a subscription and rental service is one step too far for me.

Plus, who the hell has the bandwidth?

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Apple plans extended iPad display through 'Smart Covers'

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Trollface

I really should start sending all *my* idle doodles to the patent office too.

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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Flame

Canned apologies

Being told by a recording that "your call is important to us" and that "we apologies for the continued wait" is only slightly less infuriating than being informed by a recording that "on behalf of TransPennine Express, we apologies for the delay to this service".

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Re: Premium rate numbers

saynoto0870 is good, but not you can't get alternative numbers for everyone and a fair few are out of date.

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

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Re: It's the carriers, not Google or the handset manufacturers

Don't buy carrier-branded phones. Manufacturer-branded sure, but not carrier.

My Samsung GS2, for instance, was bought from dial-a-phone on a T-Mobile contract but doesn't have any T-Mobile bloat and can be updated via Kies.

...not that Kies isn't a piece of crap, but at least I don't have to wait for T-Mobile to 'approve' any updates.

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Lenovo iPad-smiting Windows 8 slate slips out

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Seriously?

I challenge anyone to notice a 0.4 mm difference in thickness.

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Richard 81

Re: Fingerprints

Barely sufficient? Honestly, kids today!

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Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

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Re: Amazing

Sounds like MS' mark-up on memory will be almost as insane as Apple's.

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Richard 81

Re: well

The drunk icon was appropriate.

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Apple demands Samsung flogged for 'unethical' court doc leak

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Re: Here we go again

"So who are the children and who are the adults?"

All of us here and certainly not you, respectively.

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Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

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Good

Yeah, I've found a similar code in a DVD before.

AC just riled me, as is an AC's want.

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Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

That's true. Though my point was that, since it's free, any shortcomings in its software could be dealt with by flashing it like the Android hacker mentioned in the article. Flashing normally voids the warranty though, so if you've spent £100 for something you're less likely to risk flashing than if you've got it for free.

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Re: the problem

No, what they want is for you to buy it once for every device you own... or, even better, each time you want to watch it.

More seriously, they don't want you to have a choice of source since you'll always go for the cheapest, which will drive down profit.

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Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

If it's free, just flash it. No warranty to void.

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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

Richard 81

Re: Phrenology

A treatment pioneered by Zorgo, I believe.

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

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Mushroom

Re: Damn right

No. Telewest and NTL put the cables down. Virgin Media just bought it.

Now they're sitting on an ageing network that they have full control over and have no incentive to expand. Within the network they face next to no competition since BT won't put cable down in areas saturated by VM customers.

I suppose it could be worse, I could live in Hull.

@Ledswinger:

So first I was a rich middle class country type, now I'm a townie and the people in the villages are peasants?

You're right about water, fuel and food prices, but watch your damn tone.

Besides, wouldn't boosting the economy in that area by making it a viable place to run a business generally help the situation with more vital utilities?

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Re: Damn right

Middle class? I suppose, but it doesn't really feel like it.

Rural? No. I'm a Virgin Media customer living in the centre of Sheffield.

Just because I can get a service doesn't mean people living in the arse end of Cornwall shouldn't.

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