* Posts by Sir Sham Cad

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Re: There's something missing here.

Reading between the lines it seems that the less experienced co-pilot wasn't trained by Scaled Composites in what would happen if he did unlock the shuttlecock booms during that phase of flight.

It may be he thought that he was just unlocking them ready to be deployed later, not that this would actually deploy them with the atmospheric drag under rocket power. It may be that he didn't know that deploying the booms under rocket propulsion could cause structural failure. Probably both.

This bit: "Virgin Galactic has added an inhibitor so its feather locks cannot be unlocked in certain conditions." suggests that either Scaled didn't know that structural failure was a possibility or didn't think that the humans on board unlocking the feathers at the wrong time was a possibility. This part: "[Scaled] identified that it did not have human factor expertise" suggests the latter.

If that's the case then the blame lies squarely with SC who obviously didn't know what they were doing. Which, when you're doing something for the first time is understandable I suppose. That said, a brave test pilot is dead and another badly injured because someone greenlit the flight without sufficient sanity checks.

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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Re: Especially as the amp's main benefit to humans is distortion

Then I humbly suggest you're doing it wrong.

Distortion, among other effects should be done away from the amp, in an effects board or pedals, and that sound fed into the amp which if it's any good, will replicate faithfully with clarity, presence and loudness. Much, much loudness. If the amp is clipping at high gain either it's a poo amp or you're poo at using it.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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And when you've finished

Carry on west up the Thames Path a short way and have a pint in the Hope and Anchor pub. Good beer and they were child friendly last time I was there (disclosure: fecking years ago) Then continue west and have another pint at the Pilot Inn.

This area has been massively developed since I lived down that way so the Pilot gets very busy but that was a classic Saturday walk.

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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Re: I'm just waiting for..

But it is! Fracking is so insidious that the terrible effects travel backwards in time like an ecological Terminator to cause environmental disaster before any fracking took place! Sumatran earthquake in 2004? All because some fucker decided to frack for shale gas in Yorkshire in 2016.

Mark my words, it'll all be true!

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Mighty CHASMS, craters FOUND ON MOON of Pluto

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Re: Circular, dark

No no no. Everyone* knows that you don't pay the ferryman.

*Chris de Burgh

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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

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Re: don't go insulting Captain Cyborg

Why not? It's a fun sport.

This is the guy who makes Julian Arsewhinge look like a self-publicity amateur by running around announcing The Singularity Is Coming! The Singularity Is Coming! because he's stuck an RFID chip under his skin and it's readable leaving many pet owners wondering whether or not this means Rover and Kitty are now actually Dr Who villans.

I know he brings in good money and PR coverage to the department and there's some actual research in there somewhere but christ he's an annoying, attention-seeking nobber who is the public science equivalent of the Cillit Bang bloke.

Of course he's already read this comment with the Raspberry Pi he's sewn into his arse cheeks and will doubtless be sending his army of RFID chipped dogs and cats to murder me as I type.

See? Fun!

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Re: So basically

That was exactly my take on it as well.

Unlike this guy, who I hope has this on his business card:

"Dr Matt Taylor, Death Metal physicist"

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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

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Re: Didn't Hugo Drax

That was Blofeld, capturing Soviet and American manned capsules in order to get them to FIGHT!*

You Only Live Twice was my favourite Bond film until Goldeneye.

Drax had his own Shuttles. With frickin' lasers.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Re: microbes (for which there is *no evidence*)

*ahem* From the article:

"Dr Max Wallace and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe say that data from the Rosetta probe now in orbit about the comet and the small lander Philae deployed to its surface support their theory"

What evidence that is, from the article on the RAS site, appears to be the following:

"Wallis and Wickramasinghe cite further evidence for life in the detection by Philae of abundant complex organic molecules on the surface of the comet and in the infrared images taken by Rosetta."

Not smoking gun proof but hell, they're doing science - On. A. Comet.

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Vale Matti Makkonen, SMS dreamer

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Re: text messages with far more than 160 characters.

You know that that's not one SMS message don't you? The longer message is fragmented into several seperate SMS messages in transit and then reassembled into one message by the receiving device.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: A "Pocket" Bomber

They have one in the bomber hangar at the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London. You only realise how big it is when you've spent half an hour in the hangar and realise you're still under its wing.

It may not have the biggest payload but the sheer surface of wing is fricking enormous.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Re: not supposed to insert the plugs there.

Been tempted on many occasions to inset the plugs in that very location of the idiot who shipped us kit with the wrong bastard power cables.

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Re: US-style plugs on the cables

I have been saved on many an occasion by having some spare C15 female - C16 male power cables left over from a UPS refresh project. We've got tons of old C15 kettle leads about so with the cunning combination of the two plus some electrical tape = my 3750-X can now be switched on despite the worst intentions of the tin distributor.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: Bounce @Charlie Clark

The main strategy to mitigate bouncing was the harpoon system that was going to be fired into the comet. Due to the lack of gravity and Newton's pesky Third Law, Philae had a thruster designed to combat the push-back effect of the harpoon hitting the comet's surface. That thruster failed so no harpoon anchor could be deployed.

Another reason why the downvote-bait first comment about overengineering is complete bollocks.

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For fax's sake: Medic chaos as e-Referrals system goes offline

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Pure speculation but...

From past experience with system migrations such as this, yes the demand would be well known. However it almost certainly also involves a change of platform so the translation of demand to back-end load isn't so well known. The usual method of back-end compute provision in my experience from these 3rd parties is they'll under resource, hope they get away with it and add more grunt if necessary later.

No, I don't know why full load testing wasn't done either.

Glad I'm not on the phones.

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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

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Re: run irrigation

This.

If we can get enough water to the plants we can graze animals and retain agriculture. Without the water supply you lose the plants and the rest is uncomfortable. I'd still prefer a more aspirational future for our species and the natural ecosystems but I agree, humans (in reduced numbers, obv) as a species could survive.

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Re: A far cry

Firstly, yes, I read "but the findings do indicate that if we continue our present course..." and wondered what the fuck it was talking about. The findings indicate that, based on the historical configuration of the Earth 60 million years ago, there has been observed and verified an effect on the ecosystem of highly elevated CO2 compared to today's Earth, of limiting the ecosystem based on energy from plants.

Why try to tack on a modern Climate Change conclusion?

Secondly, however, I would nitpick your conclusion that "Earth can support 4-6 times higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere". It's about *rate* of change as well. Ecosystems need time to adapt and change. Go too fast and you get desert, flood or ice sheet. That's three ways to ruin your weekend.

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Re: Last I checked

Check again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_California_wildfires

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Washington_state_wildfires

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arizona_wildfires

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Colorado_wildfires

and it goes on for Oregon, Montana, Utah Nevada, Wyoming in fact if you do any simple research (use google) you'll find that, in fact, they're all very susceptible to summer wildfires.

I'm not sure you've understood the correlation between atmospheric temperature and ignition of vegetation, either. It's usually lightning that causes the ignition. The hotter the atmosphere the drier the vegetation and the greater chance of lightning.

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'Nothing to see here', says ECJ as Safe Harbour opinion delayed

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Amazon S3

Recently for work I was investigating secure cloud storage options from what was G-Cloud. Amazon S3 was the only one I looked at that would potentially store data in the US under Safe Harbour agreement. In fact:

"Data management location: UK, EU, USA - Safe Harbor, Other countries with data protection treaties"

and

"Legal jurisdiction of service provider: USA - Safe Harbor"

So I recommended against it.

If Safe Harbour is pulled then Amazon will need to drastically change how they manage S3 data or they'll lose all EU public sector business.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

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Oh good! Hardware Android buttons are back

Said nobody ever.

That choice cannot have been made for ruggedness and just makes the front of the device look cheap and nasty.

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'Nobody owns 'ol Sol. Now gimme €10k to keep it that way, suckers'

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Re: Is this a typo? Or am I just not awake yet?

I read that as exactly the sort of thing a spook would say:

Privacy concerns, over and above the things we tell you to be concerned about instead, are not something we give a shit about.

At least he's honest.

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High-flying LOHAN fan raises ale-filled tankard

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Re: I don't understand but....

The pilot is holding the stick with his left because he's using the right hand to hold the camera he's using to take the photo. Martin is holding his right handed tankard with his right hand as normal.

The left handed tankard is a one-off mutant variety created for El Reg's Drew Cullen.

Ooh six minutes until I can hoist a tankard of ale. Wonderful.

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Re: stout in a dimpled tankard

Only if you're drinking Irish Stout.

An Imperial Stout should, like a good Porter, be served in the tankard.

Of course, those of a certain age will be reminded of this advert from the 80s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt70EeRMhAQ

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Re: Vapourware

I don't know what your definition of vapourware is but there's a fully designed, built, sim flight tested 3D printer spaceplane with fully tested, completely custom launch rig, ignition mechanism, failsafe cutdown, avionics and, most importantly, backronyms courtesy of an awful lot of people who are very much behind this incredibly complex, ambitious and first of its kind endeavour. They even have a spaceport ready for use, FFS.

Yes it's turned out to be a lot more complicated than anyone could have imagined at the beginning but the team have been fully flight ready for a considerable amount of time. As soon as the FAA issue the papers the world will witness the firepower of this fully armed* and operational spaceplane.

If you're bored with it already then quit being such a bloody wet blanket and read some of the many non-LOHAN articles on this website instead.

* BRASTRAP, natch.

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Swarm of Apple iRobots released to map interior of Cupertino HQ

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Re: Apple HQ

Just wait until they find out about GCHQ Cheltenham!

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SME IT contracts? That's the last thing Whitehall wants – report

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Re: industry level salaries

I don't even think it's that. It's more that people with skills in managing IT procurement etc... are not seen as key front line staff so are the first to be axed or otherwise have the post frozen as part of cost reduction programmes (read: swingeing budget cuts).

Of course this invokes the law of unintended consequences which then screws the department for a lot more money to rectify the lack of skills in-post.

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

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Re: injunction against the volcano

Well quite. That fucker has rounded corners *and* a chunk out of the side.

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Hot meat pies?

There's (or perhaps was) supposed to be a population of C. becki tortoises on the northern and western slopes of Volcan Wolf. If the lava is flowing south west (and never mind the dispersement of hot ash) could this endanger that population?

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DDoS attack downs University of London learning platform

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Not just students

ULCC also provide hosted Moodle sites for other organisations.

To be fair to them they're a good bunch and clued. As Lost all faith says above, DDoS is difficult to prevent which is why it's the attack-of-choice if you just want to vandalise some shit on the Internet.

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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Re: Standards please

The El Reg standard unit for Length is the Linguine. 87000 miles is, I think we all agree, best expressed as 1000114955.742 Linguine.

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Re: Worth as much as 6 billion?

You're reading it wrong. The original cost was 8.1 billion USD. The 6 billion estimate is in Euro. Ignoring what the Euro/Dollar exchange rate was at purchase, 8.1bn USD is about 7bn Euro. So they'd lose 1 billion on purchase price.

That's OK if they've made that profit in the preceding years and especially so if the bidding war pushes past the 6.

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

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Re: Utility companies

Oh yes. Put one of these chips in every "smart meter". Print money.

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Pundits ponder perilous placement of STANDING STONES on Comet 67P

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Icehenge

I thought Icehenge was just a shit Kim Stanley Robinson book. Turns out it was non-fiction.

So, yeah, it was Us all along.

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IEEE's prescription for med-tech crowd: preventing hacks is better than a cure

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No incentive

The medical devices market is a very restricted field. Certainly if you're after medical software it's even worse. Basically there's a certain amount of "BT Syndrome" in that these companies don't need to have fantastic products because where else are you going to go? As the title says there's no incentive for these companies to spend time and money aiming for excellence when they just need to be good enough to flog to a captive audience.

My personal worry is that, as more and more devices are connecting wirelessly, the potential for attack grows massively. I can tell you from personal experience that even newer devices have old wireless crypto and authentication standards. Why bother updating it? It's "good enough". *sigh*

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LOHAN's final test flight moniker: The people must decide

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PRATCHETT just put a lump in my throat.

For sheer Because It's Friday:

LOTOFTARTS

Last Of The Official Flight Telemetry Avionic Rig Test Simulations

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

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Re: Full marks for the headline and all, but....

According to sources (oh, alright, wonkypodiatrist and giggle) R'lyeh lies close to the Nemo Point in the South Pacific. This is pretty much bang in the middle of the Pacific Abyssal Plain which is somewhere between 3650m and 6000-odd metres deep. Cthulhu would be waiting dreaming at roughly 4000m

Looking up at those wussy Opah that can only handle that mesopelagic fluff.

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'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

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Microsoft Mobile Resellers

Isn't that just some bloke flogging dodgy Lumias from the boot of his car?

"Smartphonesforatennergetchergenuinephones. It's OK Madam, I'm a Microsoft Mobile Reseller, I am."

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EU wants a panel o'boffins to replace solo science advisor

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Evidence based policy

Great idea. That way, when they only listen to the evidence that supports their existing policies they can say it's backed up by science. They can continue to ignore the rest of it.

Still, it's better than the nothing that currently exists so, cynicism aside, I'm for it.

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BATWINGED DINO-PIGEON causes FLAP in bone-boffinry circles

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Re: most of the time, they barely have a tenth of one.

Yes, but with luck they find more identifiably the same remains in another location with maybe a couple of additional bones to add to the jigsaw puzzle so there's evidence that there wasn't just one of these things which, in the wake of the "Archeoraptor" hoax, would make it a strong candidate for a healthy dose of scepticism.

I'm quite happy that they may not have much of a complete skeleton. Less so that what they have got has only been unearthed in one location. That said, I hope they do find many more because dino-boffinry is cool. Bloody hard but cool.

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Re: I wonder why that's the case

I'm no paleontologist but I think it's because every example of a feathered dinosaur with wings that we've found have been feathered wings and, until now, only the pterosaurs have been known to have a membrane.

It does seem obvious to me, though. Feathers were around before feathered wings evolved so if a feathered animal around that time was evolving to fly it really only had one option for limb form.

Still, if it is a genuine find (always a worry when there's only one of them) it's a cracker!

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Hoping to catch the eye of JJ Abrams.

Not quite. Needs moar lens flare! Get those images to Photoshop* stat!

*or GIMP or Paint Shop Pro if that's still going or other commentard-approved image editing software.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Re: every pilot should have permanent acces to two tablets

No, he's suggesting that, instead of Pilot + Co pilot having 1x Tablet-X each, the Pilot has 1x tablet-X and Co pilot has 1x Tablet-Y running the same software but on different platforms for system resilience.

Yes there's an initial cost of porting your app to a different platform but given the business impact of not getting your birds in the air at all for want of a second device type is huge.

In that case scenario all the flights would have taken off as each of the 737s would have at least one functioning flight plan tablet.

Proper resilience and business continuity is only expensive until you don't have it.

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

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Re: Sauce

That Oranjeboom 8.5% is the only one of those super strength brainbreakers that actually tases like beer rather than alcohol and syrup.

As such I keep one in the fridge for emergencies such as Monday.

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Yes but...

What was the camera, Mr Dabbs? Enquiring minds (well, me anyway) need to know!

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

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Well, it got the headlines.

On another note, 6.3 inches for a phone screen? I know it's designed to maximise the VoD experience but seriously, how sodding big have your hands got to be to use that as a phone? I had to make a call on an iPhone 6+ earlier and that was a fistful!

Deffo more to the Tablet side than Phablet. God it's beautiful, though.

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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Razer Blade Pro - HOW MUCH?

According to Bezos' Bargain Basement Bazaar, a Razer Blade Pro will set me back well north of 2 grand! The Gigabyte reviewed here looks a proper bargain compared to that.

Not that I can afford any of them but one can dream.

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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

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And now it all makes sense

"Vodafone wants direct access to dark fibre"

Well of course they do but they didn't lay it. They'll also want access to it at rates they decide are competitive.

I mean, BT are obviously massaging the truth a bit with the desperate PR chaff countermeasures here but Void-a-phone are blatantly just throwing some shit here to see if Ofcom or BT will gift them a fibre network to get them to go away. Bunch of chancers.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: What's that sound?

+1 purely for the "Andromeda" reference in your handle. I thought I was the only one who remembered that series.

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Re: check the time while unconcious in bed

Well, my Moto360 (when I remember to take it off my wrist and charge it) acts like a bedside clock when in the charging dock which is nice. I've no idea if Apple Watch has a similar function or not.

However, my Moto360 lasts 36 hours on a full charge so if I leave the dock at work (which I've done on occasion because I'm a moron) on Monday, for instance, it'll last me until Tuesday lunchtime. If it only lasted 18 hours then quite often I'd find it completely flat and useless. For essentially twice what I paid for the 360 I'd expect better from Apple. 18 hours really is a big miss in my opinion.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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MS Comics Sans

Eww. I thought that debuted in MS Comic Chat which is the second worst IRC program I've ever seen.

Didn't know it was originally created for Bob. I've learned something today. That means I can officially go back to bed, doesn't it?

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