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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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Re: Replacement cycle....

@Martin: a whole 8 hours a day! Why, that's nearly as much as every office PC monitor in the land, it's like, a _third_ of what many monitors do 24/7 (literally)

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

So somehow, the advanced training that Police officers receive makes them better drivers than highly paid F1 drivers, or World Rally Drivers? Both groups make use of radio communication, but it has to be VERY well managed; one pace note out of order and there's a big crash; one call to change an engine mode when entering a corner and someone's pit crew is getting sacked.

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

Actually it's not an offence _yet_ - no cases have gone to court, so no magistrates have had a chance to set a precedent either way, so all that plod can actually say is that they intend to treat it as such. They are also wrong in saying that it is the same a using a mobile phone - which is a fixed penalty offence these days, quite unlike "due care and attention".

Not that plod would ever give out inaccurate advice...

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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Surely the simplest explanation is that this galaxy _isn't_ able to contain the black hole as such, and most of it has already been eaten from the inside?

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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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IT shouldn't be too hard to measure the current draw of the servo's (and the other loads), measure the internal resistance of the batteries, and therefore calculate the power "lost" ie used to heat up the batteries from inside.

From there, it is a fairly simple experiment/calculation to determine heat loss / specific heat, etc.

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Tough luck, Zuck! Man who claimed to own half of Facebook has fraud trial delayed six months

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Re: Who funds these trials?

How does he cut and run from a Fraud trial?

In any case, if he is able to win, then that nicely counters the original verdict, where his case was thrown out due to fraudulent evidence...

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If they say yes...

Do you mean BoS or RBS either way, they are both English in all but name.

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Re: If they say yes...

Like you say, the "Central Belt" is relatively densely populated, and far easier to serve than most of England, so I call BS on this - the reality is that BT know that an independent Scotland wouldn't let them get away with the shenanigans that Westminster let them get away, with, due to the "Old School" network.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: What’s in a name?

Why would Betty get Booted?

Her only British line of succession is via King James IV

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Irrelevant

Even if we do all reduce our leccy usage by 2%, or even 5%, it won't make a blind bit of difference to our bills, since the providers costs won't drop by a penny.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: SCSI port...

Was it self-terminating, or did you need a dongle?

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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Re: They're not the worst offenders

" Does anyone know a good US lawyer?"

No, all the ones I have met so far have been evil...

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Not significantly faster than the water would.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: there have been reports...

Well now, Nessie is real enough; just ask George Michael about a.p.; and alien abduct.... <whoosh>

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Re: /dev/null for auditors

I will never forget the fun and games we went through when closing down a particular army unit. You see, there were two categories of "stuff" - either assets or expendables. There was absolutely no way to return the latter up the chain, so rope, batteries, rucksacks etc all had to be unofficially "donated" to other units. On the flip side, may of the "assets" were easily lost or damaged, and therefore simply didn't exist. Not to mention the stuff that we should have been issued with, but never were, but had been signed for by a predecessor for whatever reason...

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Re: Missing link

Def. not - the water should be a few degrees BELOW boiling point to avoid burning the leaves.

Boil the kettle, count to ten, or maybe twelve depending on the variety, and only then start pouring.

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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I currently use "New Tab Pro 0.3.2"

I hate that they just added a Google search bar to it, but presumably that will prevent this abomination.

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

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So, name me a good 80' (that's "Eighty Shilling") that's available in the US

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Surprised..

It's also nothing to do with IT, merely a facet of under-representation of the female gender.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Re: Recent news on Page 2

To my mind, the number one question should always be: "whose camera was it?" If I own the camera, then I own what's inside it, unless I was specifically hired to take those photo's.

This quite neatly covers the "wildlife camera trap" issue,

it covers the "photographer's assistant" issue,

it covers the "random stranger taking a photo - at my request - of me in front of a tourist landmark"

That may not be how the law does the test, but fundamentally, Wiki is wrong to steal the work of a professional, and doubly wrong to make a big deal over it.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

The clue is in the name - "Copyright" is all about "Copying" - nothing to do with theft.

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Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media

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Re: It depends

I've never seen a cop on the pitch at Murrayfield - especially not at a Wales match, sure you aren't thinking of a football match?

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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

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Re: RAID is dead? What a silly joke!

@Jeorg

I think the key thing is that if the redundancy is not disk-based, then the supplier is justified in saying that it isn't RAID

Compare if you like, with what NetApp does to provide resilience - they certainly don't call it RAID !

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: GIF's?

How is it breach of copyright in any way? I imagine that there is a condition in the small print on the back of the ticket that denies all photography, but that is mere breach of contract.

I don't suppose that a football stadium counts as a "public place" but if it did then the photographer would be in the clear.

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Beware of Greeks bearing spammy small omicrons, says Google

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WTF is a "Latin Numeral" ?

Are you talking about Roman Numerals (MMXCVII etc.)

or so-called "Arabic Numerals" (which actually originated in India)?

or possibly actual arabic numerals?

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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"however annoying 'Baby' is it’s not worth trying to kill him"

I beg to differ.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: Problems with laws like this

Basically, if plod ask you who you are, where you are going, etc., and you query why they might want to know, and whether they have the authority to ask, then that pretty much counts as a breach of the peace. The exact wording is rather circular, something along the lines of "getting arrested for causing a breach of the peace automatically means that you MUST have breached the peace"

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

"that's the easy part."

There is _no_ difficult part, it is only the combination that causes issues - we know how to launch a few tonnes of kit successfully, we know how to land on Mars, we know how to keep men alive, we know how to return them to Earth, but each of these requires weight, pushing the launch weight up to levels that will move the Earth in its orbit...

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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

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Re: Yeah, nice one grandad

The only reason that I can see for DVD drives these days are to get around the fact that our corporate overlords have decreed that all USB sticks have to be encrypted / neutered, but you can still burn a DVD with that 12MB word file on it that is just too large to go through email.

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Re: Not cheese

Don't be silly, of course it had _a lot_ to do with cheese.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: What's the literal transaltion of the Arapaho?

But the important question is: Are all Arapaho screws left-handed?

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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Re: More efficient when colder?

Steam engines are ALWAYS germane.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realistic percentages

In what way does the exact percentage alter logic and fairness?

10% or 5%, what matters is what is right, lets leave the percentages to the accountants.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: All of this??

Sounds like you need to be looking at the "marine" side of things - can't recall whether that is a 24v or 48v standard, but it is plain DC, all the way.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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@Trevor

The big difference that I see, is mainly the hypocracy - Google claim that Android is Open Source, but in all practical ways, it isn't. BSD still is.

Google try to have their cake AND eat it with regard to third party use of Android; Apple have made no attempt to restrict usage of BSD.

Whether either of them is pure-of-heart is a rather seperate argument - in my opinion one of them is 75% evil, and the other one is 95% evil, but that's just my opinion, and I'm not going to tell you which is which!

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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You can get an awful lot of fire engines to turn up before you have spent anything like £6m

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The police may not be allowed to do so, but nothing (much) to stop a member of the public from setting off the fire alarm. It will be quite a long time before I next visit London, so if someone else gets there first, it would be much appreciated by lots of people...

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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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Walking into a house that is in the middle of being raided doesn't sound too smart to me.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

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Sorry, but what is the connection between "Senator Patrick Leahy" and Deep-Vein Thrombosis ?

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New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

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Love their discription of this as "robust" - I bet this requires an entire room full of equipment, at just the right temperature, etc....

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Never mind the rest of the bollocks, just let me drop that engine into my little Fiesta!

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Also, $2bn revenue for sharepoint, at the prices I have seen suggest that they have one and a half paying customers...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Just think...

"FIrearms are legal"

Not in civilised countries, except for the armed services of course.

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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Re: Funding

Does anyone know what the funding was used for? Seems like a lot of money to just turn an old radio-control back on?

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Or maybe this time they will be built in a single piece - the only reason they were built in sections for the space shuttle was so they could be transported stupid distances.

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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@Article: "a small version of a pint glass"

Come on! WTF does that mean, exactly? Does it mean a half-pint glass, which is often made in the same shape as common pint glasses, and indeed, does it really mean "glass", or are we actually talking about plastic rubbish?

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

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Re: "We never meant to upset you."

To be fair, they didn't mean to upset everyone, they actually intended to _improve_ the mood of 50% ...

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Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

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"Based on our statistics, the shutdown has affected in some form at least 25 per cent of the APT groups we are tracking"

In other news, shutting down the root DNS servers have been predicted to affect nearly 100% of malware.

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Re: To what end?

@Condiment:

"Please point out the inaccuracies in my comment."

The right to be forgotten is NOT about inaccurate information; it is about out-dated FACTS.

Compare if you like with criminal records - expired convictions can be "forgotten", but do not ever get expunged from the legal record.

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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Re: Ransom

@Phil:

"You did keep the source code, right?"

Yes, but the company that kept the code went bust...

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