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Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

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2 years later..

It's an obselete piece of tat...

Okay, if you can afford this, you don't care, but folk who buy things like this, buy 10k watches etc, which don't have inbuilt obselecence.

My inner puritan is a wee bit disapproving.

The fact it looks crap is incidental

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Re: re. Sharks Cove apostrophe

Or it could be a cove with lots and lots of sharks.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series

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Re: Here's more hoping...

Blade Runner was a good film, but not much like the book though.

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LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

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Hmm.

Vacuum distillation.

Send up beer - bring back whisky.

Just a thought.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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Re: You repeat the same nonsense

Robin Ince once commented that it cost him about 10,000 to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe (just setting up outside my office as I type) - and that figure has been confirmed by other performers.

However, they then say that the exposure and publicity is worth it, as they will get better fees on the corporate circuit (one regular on Mock the Week said he got about 20,000 for one corporate gig).

The folk that appear in the free fringe (highly recommended by me, btw) though, seem to make a profit by passing a glass around, but not the publicity, and not the corporate gigs.

I'm sure there's a lesson there, but I can't quite find it.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Nothing works faster ...

You have my total sympathy, and I agree totally. When my back goes, no pill works.

If I spend a lot of money and go visit a guy who beats me up for an hour or so*, I get some relief, but that may be just because he isn't hurting me any more.

Doctors should really stop just handing out pills to get rid of folk and take a proactive role - instead of masking the pain, try and find out what's causing it, and remove that - treat the cause, not the symptoms.

I'll stop now before I start ranting about antibiotics.

*Remember the scene in Dirty Harry....

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SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

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Evolution knows what it's doing.

I've been on the Tube in London. I fervently wished for fewer olfactory receptors when I was pressed in against the other travellers.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Tax????

They don't fucking pay tax here!

Nurse, my medicine!

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: It's not dead - it's just pinin' for some fjords.

Redacted - someone beat me to it...

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Could be for the best

Maybe they'll abandon the currently massively over-engineered scriptfest, and return to the nice, simple, clean version that worked well.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Re: to the pub

I'd have thought "Ex taberna ad astra" as "From the Pub to the stars"

I'll ask some of the classical scholars here, but I doubt they'll be too cooperative - very serious bunch the classicists.

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It was always Azure thing: NetApp floats boxen into Microsoft's cloud

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Hmmm.

If you flip through Dante's Inferno, you'll find a short passage in the 6th circle that says

but the ultimate wrath and scorn

is reserv'd for those would boxen say...

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Atari ST with printer expansion port

3 friends, several beers, and long afternoons.

Ah, nostalgia, it ain't what it used to be....

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: Hmm

Yeah - those pages are about as much use as paraffin wax teapot* - a static page showing Cnut** holding back the waves with an "Everything's fine" speech bubble would be equally accurate.

*It's been pointed out to me often that you could eat a chocolate teapot, thereby providing some good use.

**Preferably mispelled

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Twitter takes on GOOGLE, swallows wannabe YouTube firm

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Indie record companies...

...to your marks...

If this works, it could mark a (the first?) serious dent in Google's world domination intentions, if the content providers that got shafted by Google get their act together.

If nothing else, it could provide serious competition the Mountain View monopoly (it's a shame Vimeo hasn't taken off to the same extent), and possibly persuade them that negotiation is better than force.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Re: Nice

Jon Pertwee didn't really go for bovver boots...maybe Jon Pertwee meets Vinnie Jones...

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Re: Grumpy old git

Yep, you're quite correct...

However, just as you can do 99% of what a Galaxy S5 can do with a 100 pound landfill Android, the SG5 is more sparkly, more nifty, more posey...

Every hobby has the niche upper end - you can pay a grand for trainers, several grand for a lens, a couple of grand for a tent and so on - 99% of hobbyists won't need it, and won't want it.

Those that do, can, and good luck to them. If it's your dosh, spend it how you wish.

That said, you pay increasing numbers of grands for each pound lighter the bike is (law of diminishing returns applies). Alternatively, a few less pies each week, and you save money, and probably scythe more weight off the bike. But, unfortunately, I like pies. A lot.

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

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Re: Precisely why Oculus was never a $2Bn business

Absolutely right - when it's cheap enough, folk will buy into it - the same was true for cars, computers, mobile phones, you name its.

I'm just off to dissect some boxes (but I doubt my Nexus will fit...)

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

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Re: Don't believe everything you read. OTOH...

"Russia's hands-on approach to engineering gave them superb rocket engines and before that, made the Rolls Royce jet engine as good as anything the USA had."

Er, what? Rolls Royce are and were a British company and had naff all to do with the Soviets.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: Biolite stove..

I live (and camp) in Scotland - on the places I go I don't think that lack of fuel would be a problem - I could probably fill a rucksack with pine cones in half an hour, it's just the weight that's the problem - 1kg is 1liter of drink :)

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Biolite stove..

"There is a slight whiff of more money than sense about this thing, but I still want one."

Me too.

Not so sure about the GoPro though - mine, as I have already stated via this organ, is very temperamental. Also, unless you're about 6 inches from the stage, the wide angle lens is going to reduce the already ant-like figures performing to positively atomic proportions. I'll just stick my compact in my pocket.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Archetype...

Peter Higgs...

The official portrait we have of him at EdUni, painted by Ken Currie, shows him holding his glasses behing his back - missing one wing. He was too involved in his research to get a new pair...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bf/Ken_Currie%2C_Portrait_of_Peter_Higgs%2C_2008.tif.jpg

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Re: A plea: bring back real boffins on TV!

And David Bellamy, with a side order of Johnny Ball....and maybe James Burke...ah nostalgia, the only thing cable TV is good for

Back then, the presenters radiated enthusiasm and it was infectious.

I've just been watching the historical Horizons on iPlayer - and the older ones are far, far better. No music, no elaborate locations, no fancy-schmancy camera work - just good old fashioned science.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Ob off-topic weak joke...

It's called the Brazilian rain forest as there's only a thin strip of it left...

It's the one with the footprints on...

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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At the next election...

And the Lib-Dems have Rockall... (apologies to Ronnie Barker)

Good luck to the guy, and try not to remember what happened to George Herbert Leigh Mallory when he was putting his pithy epithet into practice.

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Gunmaker finds KILLER APP for Google Glass

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These have a long history..

It's refinement of the product.

Back in WW1, there were these doohickies - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periscope_rifle and since then they've been progressed to the POF Eye and the CornerShot

Adding in WiFi is a logical next step.

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

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Joke

Possible solution

Send your Photo ID via SnapChat

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What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal

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Re: Instant Messaging

69p per year = unlimited text and multi-media messaging (and the picture messaging works unlike O2's miserable service, and also unlike O2's miserable service it delivers the picture to the handset, no messing about cutting and pasting a URL and having to note down a password), so why would anyone want to pay the Telcos for any text or picture messaging?

And, whilst the sender is known, I'm not sure if the telco would know the recipient - I think it may go to WhatsApp, and then on to the recipient - anyone who knows more about the structutre of the message can say whether the recipient is sent in clear or crypt can add more.

It also works over wi-fi which removes it yet further from the telco.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

Viewing distance.

My 24" 1980x1200 monitor is about 1m from my face.

I'd estimate I use my phone/tablet about 30cm from my face. Maybe 50cm, now my eyesight is going.

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Apple plots HOME INVASION at WWDC

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Dave Allen thought about the problems

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLhXVswy9-8

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Print dialogs

To have a JFP* button.

(just f***ing print)

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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Raplayer vs GoPro

If it keeps working, then it's no competition. My GoPro gives good quality images, but it has a very narrow operating range - if it gets hot it stops, if it gets cold it stops.

I now mainly use it for timelapse work, and will get something else for my lid.

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

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Beware of awkward associations

Just as T5 loses your bags, the SG5 loses your connections?

One terrifying fact I heard (and it was on Radio 4 so it must be true), was that a new warship had automated it's munitions transport procedure to slash the number of crew needed "based on the baggage handling systems in Heathrow Terminal 5".

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550 reasons to buy this book for your beloved: COCKROACHES of Oz

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Re: Fat Freddie's cat

A +1 for FFC...

Clam dip embellished with cockroaches...my favourite

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Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

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Privacy sos?

Definitely - they've blanked out the street address details, but left the full zip code in the image...not too hard to find out where she lives from that...

I think Privacy SOS may need some tuition in privacy.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: After the phantom menace, never again for me..

It's worth it so I can scream "THIS IS ABSOLUTE SHITE" at the top of my voice halfway through, and then phone all my friends, okay friend, and slag it off.

Last time I did this at the flicks they took a rather dim view of things...

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After the phantom menace, never again for me..

As title - I'll wait 3 months for the blu-ray

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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26. I've still got them, on a shelf, above my head, next to the USB floppy I keep, just in case someone digs out an old Excel/Access/Whatever document that refuses to open in modern software.

They're alongside DOS5, DOS6, Windows 3, Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, the two floppies of TCPIP for Windows, Wordperfect...

The best fun I ever had was installing Office for Mac on a Performa 630 - as with most Mac things it had no eject button, and when the disk was done would eject the floppy automatically - when the machines were new, they fired the disks out like bullets!

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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No sting but...

If this does nothing to lower infringements, then the Copyright holders may get a nice set of data with which to say to the powers that be "See, being nice doesn't work, we want to be nasty"

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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Re: FFS

Venezuala did this with the “Vergatorio” - local slang for penis, which Hugo Chavez described as "the tool for a modern society"...and apparently he said “whoever doesn’t have a Vergatario is nothing."

Sexism rules..

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

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Re: Would you eat anything of his?

My dad was brought up on boiled brains, and sheep's testicles were quite a treat...can't get them nowadays for many reasons. Offal though needs to become acceptable again (although up here is Scotland it's hard to find as it's used for haggis)

I've eaten stir-fried locusts (delicious - pork scratchings with legs) and a few other invertebrates - and why not, they're just landbound shrimps!

We seriously need to change our attitude to oddities, and possibly explain to kosher/halal enthusiasts that it's a bit outmoded now that we're no longer nomadic, and we do have fridges.

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Yosemite National Park bans drones

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Not much lighter...

In order to get shots comparable with Adams', you'd still need to schlep a pretty large amount of gear - large-format cameras, tripods, lenses, filters haven't become much lighter, all you'd do is probably swap the pretty weighty glass plates for a similarly pretty weighty laptop...

You have to suffer for art you know!

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Classified LOHAN payload is four-eyed beast

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GoPro3

I agree - mines monumentally temperamental.

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SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

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Get the SPB on the case...

Elon and his boys may be going orbital, the I think Lester and company could help on the video side...

Sarcasm aside - SpaceX are doing an incredible job, maybe soon all flights will be like I saw on 60's SciFi films, with the space craft descending on a point of flame to land

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Bloody hell.

No wonder there is so much patent litigation - that has so many conditionals, it could cover absolutely anything.

Bloody hell.

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Must be the hippy in me...

But I preferred the co-op of Gauntlet... I had the port expander for my ST, and we used to play for hours..

But +1 to Worms - the original was just stonking, and the landscape generator it had has never been matched. I've got Armageddon for my Nexus, but the original was just unbeatable. Well, actually my mates were unbeatable. I've always been crap at games...

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Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

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Surely this is just Microsoft Research under a different name?

They do a lot of things that they don't talk much about - I saw Craig Charles once talk of their teledildonics experiments, which I'd never heard of, but given how often Microsoft products go down on you isn't probably too much of a surprise.

Most other tech companies probably have similar departments.

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

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WTF?

iPhone only?

Check the URL...

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

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Re: It looks suspiciously like an AE-35 unit

I thought the AE35 unit were the servos for the communications antenna that kept it pointing the right way, and would therefore be on the antenna itself.

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Re: Gaelic

Ah - I don't have a telly, so I see the program infrequently... it sounded bollocks at the time - but plausible bollocks like a lot of the bollocks on that program.

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