* Posts by AceRimmer

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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"What other brand has numbered or illustrated screw holes on the underside to remind you which screw loosens which item? Or a keyboard that pops off with 3 mins work?"

Dell - they even supply the service manuals

Example Dell Service Manual

I could take the keyboard off my old Precision M65 in about 30 seconds.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: As a writer publishing on Amazon

"The problem lies with English grammar rules"

Bad workmen etc...

The "look inside" snippet I sampled read as if it had been mangled through Google translate

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Re: As a writer publishing on Amazon

You read about 10-20% of the book

HTH

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Peter F. Hamilton

Is rubbing his hands with glee

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: Henceforth to be known as (the) Fairly Swift result.

Or Fairy Swift as the Disney movie will be known

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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Re: Sorry, but . . .

Downvote for "sorry, but..."

If you were truly sorry you wouldn't have it "submit"

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Apple seeks fawning 'journalists' for in-house 'news' self pluggery

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Rory Cellan-Jones and Stephen Fry could be the ultimate Apple dream team.

I've a feeling that these two would remain in gainful employment even after the iRobots have enslaved us all by helping to spread the good news to the world.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: So Download Festival are trying to go bankrupt?

"Says someone who is most likely carrying about an Android or Apple snoop phone."

Both are still optional devices

I can, if I want to; dump my phone and get a working unregistered burner for less than £20 cash

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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

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Re: Perhaps people have realised...

"I used Windows 8.1 on a laptop that didn't have a touch screen, and it's without doubt the worst experience I've ever had."

I've got a non-touch screen laptop and I honestly don't see how people can find it to be so bad.

I spent all of 10 minutes dropping the default tiles from the start screen and adding tiles for programs which I actually use in a sensible order and grouping and now 90% of everything I use is a windows key/button and mouse click away.

Everything else is still simply Windows key and then type out the first few letters.

The only "Apps" I use are the Control panel and the default PDF reader.

What I still really don't like about Windows 8.1 is the DPI scaling, This needs to be a lot more configurable including the option to turn it off completely.

Apparently it's still not been improved for Windows 10

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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Re: And......

4- Android

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Re: And......

I now think it might have been on purpose

A few refreshes revealed different "errors" and now I get the trailer

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Gimp

And......

Nothing.

Just says "Please Stand By" with no count down timer

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Re: "Australia refused to give it an age-rating certificate."

The game was not released to the Indian market due to the two headed cows known as brahmin

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: RIP Steve...

"Dell XPS are cheaper but they don't look very solid either."

They are (or at least were) very solid. My 2013 model is very well traveled - up and down the UK by train each week and still looks and feels brand new

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: @ AceRimmer (was:@Bernard M. Orwell (was:Atheists call their imagination science.))

Thge Oxford Dictionary defines Bible as a corruption of Biblia

It makes sense that it would be "books" as it is a collection of works broken down as book, chapter, verse

The new testament itself comprises mainly of 4 retellings of the same story by 4 different people

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Re: @ AceRimmer (was:@Bernard M. Orwell (was:Atheists call their imagination science.))

Dammit, that's me now permanently wrong

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Re: @ AceRimmer (was:@Bernard M. Orwell (was:Atheists call their imagination science.))

Its "books"

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/Bible?q=bible

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Re: @Bernard M. Orwell (was:Atheists call their imagination science.)

"single work of God"

It was never a single work or sold as one, the clue is in the name

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Re: @AceRimmer

@Flocke Kroes

You sound like a zealot

Good science requires

- Hypothesis

- Method

- Recording results

- Interpretation of results

- Peer review

- Publication

All the above are subject to the vagaries of the people carrying out their specific functions. Published science can and has been wrong. Wrong, not in the sense that the theory it was testing was wrong (e.g. is the world flat) but wrong in that methods were flawed, results were cherry picked, the wrong statistical inference techniques used, the peer review was forged or the resultant paper was perfectly sound but couldn't find a journal.

Science when it works is great but it is as vulnerable to being fucked with as anything else we create.

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Re: The best way...

"Science - the only "religion" that works. Even if you don't believe in it."

The Religion of Science - That perfect, infallible construct. Never wrong, never contradictory, never tainted by mankind's desires

</sarcasm>

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Don't PANIC but ... UNSTOPPABLE robots IMMUNE to injury built by boffins

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Re: "Once damaged, the robot becomes like a scientist,"

Original grant refused

Resubmitted with the title

"Is there a link between robotic movement with limb damage and climate change"

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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This was a study about peoples belief in climate change it was not a study about climate change

HTH

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

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For any mortals wishing to bypass security

The password is "Fidelio"

Good luck!

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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Re: Why is this 'news'...

2 random drunk strangers

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

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TL:DR Version

The Internet is fucked

All faster internet connections have done is to prove Jevons paradox

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Whoa, whoa, whoa ...

The American Dream has moved on from car ownership from all:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=american+car+ownership+decline

Plenty of studies have shown that among the younger generation in particular, car ownership isn't seen as something to aspire to.

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Re: Missing destination ?.........

I'm sure you'll be able to book by either route or time

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Re: Not for everyone

Probably better given that driverless cars will drive at a speed suitable for the road and quite likely be able to sense the presence of another car and negotiate mutually optimal speeds and passing strategies way before a human would be able to.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

"They're a government mouth piece. If they were lefties they would have been covering the london protests on Downing street as it happened rather than tucking it into the news in the middle of the night."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32678518

The protests weren't really news, it was the usual bunch yet again abusing the right to protest

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/09/downing-street-anti-austerity-protest_n_7249008.html

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Philip K Dick Warned of this Nonsense

The door refused to open. It said, "Five cents, please."

He searched his pockets. No more coins; nothing. "I'll pay you tomorrow," he told the door. Again it remained locked tight. "What I pay you," he informed it, "is in the nature of a gratuity; I don't have to pay you."

"I think otherwise," the door said. "Look in the purchase contract you signed when you bought this conapt."

...he found the contract. Sure enough; payment to his door for opening and shutting constituted a mandatory fee. Not a tip.

"You discover I'm right," the door said. It sounded smug.

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EXTREME FEEDING: BLUE whales' gluttonous gobbling of fishy fluids

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Joke

Re: iceland

I didn't realise they had freezers that big

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Destination Void

I'm surprised no ones mentioned Frank Herbert's Destination Void.

A classic tale of AI building and experimentation - If you're going to build an AI do it off world with a goal to get as far away from Earth as possible

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Hmmmm

Tescos is brilliant... at keeping the scum out of Waitrose

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Boffin

Re: hmmmmm.

"wine in reverse...."

Piss?

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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It wasn't a fault

It was the software optimizing itself for maximum fuel savings

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

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Re: monopolies

"In the UK, one cannot buy a decent X86 laptop, at a fair price, without paying the Microsoft tax (they also tax Android)."

Took about 2 seconds of typing in Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-ThinkPad-Processor-Integrated-Bluetooth/dp/B00NJ4G2OM

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Re: sorry

You are obviously of low intelligence then, my brain corrects the spelling mistakes and allows me to read it with ease

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Re: Computers aren't human, people.

Why the fuck would you want to "date" somebody outside your area/zip-code?

Less chance of the wife bumping into them

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: This is exactly the problem

PM is the radio equivalent of The One Show

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Re: This is exactly the problem

In our time episode on Lovelace:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0092j0x

I might download that for tonights commute

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Re: This is exactly the problem

"With science and technology subjects? I'm not convinced we are there yet. There are some good presenters, but the material always gets dumbed down."

I find that Radio 4 to be a last bastion of quality science programming, In Our Time in particular stands out as a show which allows experts to just talk about their subjects with only the gentle guidance of Melvyn Bragg.

Having said that, Radio 4 is not immune from the "must appeal to a wide audience and get younger listeners rot" which has infected the rest of the BBC.

Its a shame really, as a teenager I drew a lot of inspiration from the likes of Horizon, I can't even watch it these days without being distracted by the constant repetition as if they need to drill obvious facts into the minds of idiots.

Personally I blame the Discovery Channel.

Currently rewatching "Earth Story" on DVD from the late 90's. It is a superb example of factual programme making

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Cables stored where exactly??

So in order to charge the car when out and about, KIA expect me to empty the boot to access the cubby hole where the cables are stored.

For an item which I would expect to use very frequently they seemed to have picked an awkward place to store it!

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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Smart Unlock

Smart Unlock also works with trusted bluetooth devices.

Very handy when in the car

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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All I see is

People with lots of money demanding even more money.

There is literally a couple of billon dollars of net worth signed up to this

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Obligatory comparison with non-Apple laptop

I get the impression that MacBooks are about the same value for money spec-for-spec as other manufacturers.

Similar spec, similar price Dell will be user upgradeable and serviceable and (at an extra cost) come with 3 year accident cover and on site support.

If you work contract or freelance then NOT having to make a 4 hour return trip to a service center is a very valuable feature.

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Re: Meh

I like the spec of Alienware but I've never been a fan of them in a corporate environment. Anyone know of any alternatives out there?

Dell XPS 15-lxxx

I have a 2 year old one with 2 SSDs fitted and room for a 3rd if I swap out the Blueray player.

RAM is at 8GB but easily up-gradable to 16GB should I see the need.

Newer versions are slimmer, have better battery life, higher res touch screens and slightly better CPU and GPUs

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Can someone please standardise cloud standards?

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XKCD

Obligatory link

https://xkcd.com/927/

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Re: Load of bollocks

And even then MMDDYY is the format of idiots

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