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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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The bbc did this before

The micro-computer program presented by Ian McNaught-Davis used to send programs out by a flashing dot in the corner of the screen which you read with a light pen.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Re: Oooh Matron

Me too - or possibly "Total Warfare - Dad's Army edition"

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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I don't want a tv

I want a screen. I don't want an intelligent, 3D, web connected behemoth that will be out of date in 6 months so I have to buy another one, I want a screen I can connect to my devices that will play the material of my choice from the device of my choice.

I already have NetFlix, I already have LoveFilm, if I wanted them I could have Facebook, Twitter, I have a PVR (okay, I have a computer), I have everything I need.

Just give me a large, high quality, terminally dumb screen with plenty of connectors.

Okay, it can have WiFi. So I don't have to have cables. But that's all.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: What if it was ditched and sunk intact?

<cough>

Does an A320 count as large?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jan/16/us-airways-plane-crash-lands-on-hudson

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Met him in '83

He talked at our Students' Union, and as a hack, I got to chat with him

Thoroughly nice chap, I know that politicians have to be professionaly nice, but he just seemed genuine, always open to debate alternate opinions, but within a few minutes you'd have doubts about your own long held ideas.

Sad loss, but we all have to go when we go.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

I seem to remember that Tom Cruise was "born on the 4th of July...."

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The Berlin Wall fell on 9/11, and it's nice of the Americans to remember

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

And Belize, if you squint...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country

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Beware Abe Lincoln-looking code pros trying to sell you on LOBDOPs

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Abe Lincoln,

Or Amish?

Of System of a Down?

I always wonder about these stylised facial fungi - when I grow a beard, it's because I don't want to shave, and these seem to take more work than either clean shaven or folk-singer, fisherman, or a Billy Gibbons

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: Another one?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_turntable

Won't wear out the vinyl, but will wear out your wallet...

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Zaphod Beeblebrox style third arm cyborg prosthesis unveiled

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Re: In case you missed the adverts

I got copies of the CDs of the radio series (which cost 42 pounds incidentally), and I keep exposing new generations of students to the original and best incarnation...

And not a lot of people know this, but in the 2nd series, Zaphod apparently has has 4 arms? "Hey Ford, put it there....and there...and there....and there.... (Although this is probably the result of Mark Wing-Davey ad-libbing)

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Aye...

I've got a minisuit case for my Nexus 7, and, after a few days adjusting to the small keyboard, it works wonderfully a pocket computer, and very adaptable - when I use it for mapping cycle rides, I can leave the keyboard behind, so it's lighter (though the saving in weight is approximately the same as the extra mars bar I take with me...) - definitely my favourite tech acquisition in the last few years. Battery life - okay, not as good as the Psions, but I can get 2-3 days use out of it (and I haven't charged the keyboard in over a week)

EDIT - the minisuit also works with my mobile phone, which is nice...

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

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Re: Bluetooth 3.5mm adapter

iPods weren't made until 2001. Just sayin'...

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Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

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Mmm.

I wear a GoPro on my helmet when I'm cycling, and I already look like a tube.

Adding the Stubilizer will only increase my tubeness.

Why don't we just get a chicken to hold it for us?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dPlkFPowCc

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Re: Inspired by the classics

He's holding it wrong

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Inspired by the classics

It's a Herma.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herma

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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Beyond 18% ABV...

It is unlikely, but possible, with the right yeast, and the a lot of luck. When I did my degree in Brewing (at Heriot-Watt), we experimented, and occasionally got 17ish, 16% was not uncommon though, normally by adding extra sugar after the initial ferment, but then very sparingly, and with one eye glued to the hygrometer.

There are yeasts that claim 24% ABV yields, but I'd recommend that the product made from these are used for engine cleaning or similar tasks, because subtle, they ain't.

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Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks

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Stuck in the doldrums...

On Mango - the hardware of my Lumia 800 (by Nokia) is holding up magnificently, as they always do. The software though (by Microsoft) is outdated and creaking - but I'm not going to trash a perfectly usable machine - I've got an Android tablet for apps, and that will be updated for years - the phone will continue to be a phone - and a darn good one, that's vastly tougher than my office mate's Nexus machines (he's gone through a 4 and a 5 in 6 months) - for probably the same amount of time.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: Big meh here...

Why not? They show surface features, paths and tracks as well - or at least, the ones I have do. I use them when I go fossiling. I wish I could attach a screeny.

And as has been pointed out elsewhere, Google don't use standard colouring for their maps - I can read them, but it's far, far easier to use another source that has stuck to conventions and has a history of being definitive.

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Re: Freetards

But it's not really at any expense to them - they make a profit from the adverts (4bn in the last quarter), which we pay for as part of the cost of all products we buy, so we aren't freeloading.

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Big meh here...

Bing has O/S maps, 1:50000, 1:25000, which I was brought up to read and understand, so I tend to only use google if I need street level views in an area that hasn't had StreetSlide.

I wish it was possible on Bing's overhead views to switch off the Road line layer, it's very distracting.

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Flappy Bird crosses over into cryptocurrency, big data

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"who on earth would play the game 200 times and still remain in the “zone of colossal failure”?

Me. I suck at games.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?

It saw the number of new subscribers fall from 62700 to 39000 in comparable financial quarters.

Maybe running out of folk in it's cabled areas, and folk on ADSL broadband can get cheaper services, uncapped.

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ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

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Plants make CO2 as part of the cellular respiration, during the day the photosynthesis producing oxygen overwhelms this, but when it's dark they are net producers of CO2, and many plants require light cycling to mature.

That's a bit simplistic, but it's been 30 odd years since I studied the Calvin cycle, and I hated it back then.

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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Re: Crombie coats...

Aye, I was going to say that's why the name-checked them, to get them free...but my boss came in and I had to suddenly look like I was working...

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Crombie coats...

...are very expensive. I think the one he's got is about £800.

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Sony brings 4K shooting to the masses in weeks

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Hmm

My Hero HD 3+ Black is a 4k camera you can hold in one hand (between two fingers in fact) so thhpppt! And it only cost 350 notes.

Okay, it may not have all the bells and whistles, but it works underwater...

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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Thank you, thank you...

Monday is normally a gloomy time, but the comments on that link, genuine or not, have had me in stitches.

When I recover, I'll try reading a few more...and maybe do a little work...or maybe not

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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The Triganic Pu

Was wieldable. It was the Ningis you needed to get your Pu that had the problems, being a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles per side...and no-one ever collected enough of them to own a Pu, and the galactic banks refused to deal in fiddling small change...

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Re: re: Random tours

Because it was an 9kg road bike with no braze ons for panniers, and no rack, and I had 30ish kg of luggage...hence Eurostar, and not flying...and the bike had been dismantled for travelling...

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re: Random tours

I got one of those many years ago, being a young English man in Edinburgh (Waverley to Bruntsfield via Holyrood...say what???) - although having cycled here for 2 years I was able to point out his errors, and phone the company.

Nowadays, whereever I go in the world, I have my trusty GPS with me (i.e. my phone) which can point out when the taxi is taking the scenic route.

When I was last in Paris I found out that booking a taxi on a Monday morning was virtually impossible, so I had to run across the city, towing my suitcase, and my bike in a case to a very posh hôtel, and grab one of the taxis there to get me to the Gare du Nord - there had been a fire in the EuroTunnel the day before, and it was first come, first served even for those who had a ticket. Aye - a bit of competition would be nice.

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Cygnus space truck poised for blast-off (again) TODAY

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Ah, nuts...

Scrubbed for today...

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iOS motion control iRing here at last ... but it's NOT made by Apple

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I agree totally.

Whilst not having the functionality of a Kinect, it's a darn sight cheaper and simpler.

And for those worried about dropping it - a wee bit of elastic glued to it will work wonders....

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Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

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Re: It's a weebil

Aye, you're right - but it was a long time ago...that's my normal excuse...

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It's a weebil

It wobbles, and probably crashes.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: Can anyone tell the difference?

Aye, you're right...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/19/tv_sizes_deconstructed/

All the best

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Re: Can anyone tell the difference?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/25/the_future_of_moving_images_the_eyes_have_it/

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Panasonic will go Firefox OS for TVs

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Re: Why cant I buy

Exactly - a very high quality, but dumb, monitor, and a discrete box which can be updated elsewhere - we can use displays wirelessly, and upgrade a cheap box as often as necessary as that side of the technology is developing rapidly, and the monitor every decade or so when there's a step change in the display technology.

But that wouldn't make as much money for the vendors which rely on in-built obsolescence to pump their bottom lines.

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Blighty's biz bods get their paws on Nokia phondleslab

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Better than one carrier

I don't mind John Lewis having the exclusive deal, I like them, they're a workers co-operative with strict rules on pay scaling and profit sharing, and they're pretty much ubiquitous - and if you're not near a shop, they're online.

It could be far worse if Vodaphone/O2/EE/whatever had the deal, because I presume you can bung in a SIM of your choice?

I may be tempted. I just sold my soul to the machine, and got a Nexus 7, which I love, big time, but I may bite the bullet and get one of these too - I like Nokia products, my Lumia 700 is getting a bit long in the tooth but has worked well, and a second tablet doesn't take up much room

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COMET ISON's sun dive climax: RENDEZVOUS with DESTINY

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Killjoy was here...

Enke's tail was ripped off, but re-appeared later...

<http://science.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2007/10/01/01oct_encke_resources/movie_short.gif>

I'm looking forward to sitting freezing my nads off in the cold, but long Scottish night, seeing something glorious..

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Hot digital dog: A man’s best friend is still his... K-9

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...only slightly worse...

Share and Enjoy

Share and Enjoy

Journey through life

With a plastic boy

Or Girl by your side

Let your pal be your guide

And when it breaks down

Or starts to annoy

Or grinds when it moves

And gives you no joy

Cos it's eaten your hat

Or had sex with your cat

Bled oil on your floor

Or ripped off your door

You get to the point

You can't stand any more

Bring it to us, we won't give a fig

We'll tell you, 'Go stick your head in a pig'.

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We go joyriding in the Google Maps-killer's ROBO-CAR

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Looks like a Surface Pro

I wonder if they knew someone who had a lot of spare ones going cheap

More seriously, I'm glad to see this - Nokia's mapping/gps contributions have always been extremely good, and I look forward to seeing the results of this - serious competition for streetview (Although Microsoft's Street isn't bad, even if they haven't obscured the numberplate on my car very well)

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WHO was it that TAMED the WOLF? Heel, Rex! No! Aarrghh!

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Paris Hilton

One day...

The chihuahua will rise up and seek revenge for the indignities heaped on the noble wolf...and on themselves by her over there ------------->

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BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink

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Pint

Headline

Has your chap who does the Headlines started their poets day celebrations early - because that is one fine title!

If not, they should have one on me for that!

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Vladimir PUTIN officially HARDER than CHUCK NORRIS

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Ah rubbish

None are a match for the power of Ecky Thump.

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Mixed bag of motors lifts India's budget Mars shot

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Re: And for a lighter look at hypergolic compounds..

I just liked name FOOF - so onomatopoeic :)

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And for a lighter look at hypergolic compounds..

http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/things_i_wont_work_with/

FOOF.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Re: Nice

Well said - reminded me of Mitch Benn and the good Dr Lehrer - both of whom use somewhat fractured phrasing to make the lyrics fit the tune (this is aimed at folk down the way who criticise her scansion).

Emma, you made me chuckle (and I've copied the vid, just wish I had the talent to play it)

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BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE

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Aye, they do.

As did my 1978 Casio calculator.

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

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Re: Talks eh ...?

These days he could be Jabba the Hut's stunt double, alas.

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