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Germans purge selves of indigestible 63-letter word

Richard 120

Re: Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenswitwe

I hope the laws aren't enforced by some kind of rechtschreibung Stasi.

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Re: That's not German, that's Swiss

Schultz, that is the best example of typical German humour I have ever read, you owe me a new keyboard.

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

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Stephen Hawking

Could become Davros?

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

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Re: Almost ran UPDATE without WHERE

I ran an update without a where once

fortunately I did an export beforehand

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: Hard G, Mr Wilhite (what sort of name is that anyway?)

Re: LCD Display

That's different they're just suffering from RAS Syndrome

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Headmaster

Re: Gigi

Are you some kind of cheese eating surrender monkey?

It's a hard G because it's English.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Irrelevant, in a relevant sort of way

Thanks, now I'm giggling maniacally to myself.

Khaki, Kettle, Kings Bollege Bambridge

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Richard 120

Not the first time

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/15/gif_is_pronounced_jif/

Popular opinion generally drives language though, it's hard to change the status quo once it's in general use.

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Amazon coughs millions for Liquavista screen tech while workers strike

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Re: Come on Reg....

Whilst I agree with you in principal, the number of consecutive exclamation marks in your post makes me nauseous and implies a sickness in the head, please use them sparingly or the world supply will run out.

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You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

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Re: re: "cro-mo titanium"

@AC Posted Tuesday 14th May 2013 11:02 GMT & 11:36 GMT - No need to be AC, Zmodem is clearly living in a world with a maximum occupancy of one, you have written in your posts some very eloquent put downs.

If I had a vote in the intellicracy being defined in the first thread of this comments page then it would in favour of removing Zmodem.

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WTF?

Re: These geology stories rock!

Did you just tire of waiting for a relevant story to use this pun?

I enjoyed the comment regardless of how on topic it was, kind of like a surreal monty python tangent.

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Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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Re: That well

With any luck you've hit a whisky spring.

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Re: Woah there

That's a terrible waste of power, surely you need to replace their old CRT job with something less power hungry, I know you have your issues with power, or is their place a "separate residence" on a different spur?

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Colombian plods cuff jailbreaker despite on-the-run gender bend

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The rest of us, comfortably off camera and not being officers of the law in charge of the prisoner are allowed to look at the boobs and think "Ahhhh BOOBS, yay!"

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HTC profits PLUNGE 98%: Pins hopes on HTC One, 'Facebook mobe'

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At least it made profit...

And I love my HTC One.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Marc Andreessen

I'd never heard of the guy until this week, and this is the second time this week I've read about him from two different news sites on two different topics, the other was about google glass.

The only thing I can say about him with any great certainty is -

He has the most egg-like head I've ever seen, it's almost like he's out of coneheads.

It may not lways have been the case, I think at one point he had hair, but now his head is marvellously ovaliform.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: The blog

"To be fair, every bike off the road is an accident prevented"

Let's consider taking either cars of the road or bikes as separate scenarios.

1. Taking the bikes off the roads, I would expect more cars on the road, more congestion, more accidents between cars.

2. Taking cars off the road, I would expect far far fewer fatal accidents, fewer serious accidents, the same or fewer minor accidents, far less congestion.

In any case, when I drive I am not stuck in traffic I AM traffic.

When I cycle I am not risking my life, the dangerous drivers are risking my life, and I'm pretty much never traffic, either being it or stuck in it.

The point of view of The First Dave is askew somewhat.

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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Re: Blackberry Z10 (Black)

Now look here, the article is about "Honest" marketing and sales.

Don't you try to twist things so that those good good people in those benevolent professions appear to be some malevolent, evil, dishonest, manipulative, deceptive, lying, bunch of scum.

We all know that they protect the consumer and aren't trying their hardest to put a spin on something so that their ripoff seems a better deal than the other guys ripoff.

I've never known a group of people less interested in extracting as much money as possible whilst trying to appear friendly and then twisting the knife in your back as sales and marketing people,

They really are the salt of the earth.

So we'll hear none of your maths and facts thankyou very much.

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Good effort

I think they've done a better job than the Iranian efforts, at least they've made a reasonable attempt at resizing the craft and modifying the wake so it's not as bleedin obvious.

Is there some kind of awards for govt propaganda photoshop fails? If not then there should be.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: Compulsory Tax

I cycle to work and don't own a car, apparently VED is grossly injust according to the majority car drivers in the office, because I don't pay it.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: phone with a cigarette lighter in

That is possibly the most awesome thing I have seen today at least, and what a name!

I'm not sure I can see anyone actually buying it, but still, absolutely brilliant, almost makes me want to take up smoking again, but not quite.

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Richard 120

Of course

You can say what you like.

But when you do then you look a bit daft, taking the effort to read the article and post a comment implies at least a little shit was given.

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Re: @AC 12:49

I'm not sure on the phones, but at least on my galaxy Tab 2 the SD card is formatted as FAT, so no symlinks, this makes the whole apps on SD a little more awkward.

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Why?

If you start looking at the detail of the article you'll see that there are four low power cores, so you can read a couple of emails and browse the web, switching between these apps without having to wait so much, then there's four faster more power hungry cores which will kick in when you start to do some more hefty work.

It's about power consumption, flexibility and possibility.

Just because you can't think of how to apply things doesn't mean that it's pointless, maybe it's pointless to you, it's probably pointless to a lot of people who buy one, but as the previous poster says, it's progress, and progress is a good thing.

After all why would there ever need to be more than 5 computers in the whole world?

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Blue Coat, Skype and QQ named despots' best friends

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Skype

Skype is clearly an enemy to the internet, the company I work for has actually blocked this article with their proxy filter because of the keyword "skype"

There's some irony about somewhere...

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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fixed it

"interference with another service or product our revenue in an unauthorised manner"

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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All comments

I have read all the comments and come to the conclusion that Zardoz is wrong and Silent Running is right.

I wasted a good 20 minutes coming to a conclusion that I already knew.

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Re: sequel to Highlander

There can be only one.

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Re: @Silverburn (Wot, no Avatar?)

We were discussing Avatar the other day, and the technology behind it, most specifically how the "synch" is happening between the host and the controller.

Ultimately we determined that it must be akin to SMS, but with some serious bandwidth.

Or alternatively, tripe.

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Re: Silent Running

I read the list, I too immediately thought what about Silent Running? It always seems to be missed out on lists of this nature.

It's the only sci-fi film I've known that can make people cry.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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I'm almost normal then

Fantastic, at this point in time I hit the most popular results excepting two, I prefer the full fat to the semi-skimmed (although in the canteen they don't offer up the proper stuff, instead they give a choice of slightly watered down or water with some kind of white colouring in it) variety of cow juice, and I take 1 sugar but my parents blame my grandmother for that because she used to make tea that would be stewed for about 20 minutes to an hour.

Good to know I'm not a total deviant when it comes to the nectar of the gods.

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

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karma

Just change your phones name

Not that big of a deal.

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

Richard 120

Leave me alone.

The servers don't judge me.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Paradox

I am confused.

Possibly not as confused as you seem to be, but still confused.

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WTF?

but...

it's a canteen?

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Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

Richard 120

Re: HOWMUCH!?

Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics.

You would probably be in the 40% if you were American, which is still a large proportion, and also remember it's dollars, not pounds, exchange rate isn't as good as it once was, but it's not parity yet.

The headline sensationalises the statistics a bit, there's not much difference between the two platforms by the look of things.

It story also looks to contradict itself, in the first paragraph claiming -

"iPhone users pay more than $100 a month, according to a survey in the US by Consumer Intelligence Research. Meanwhile, a shade over half of polled Android users spent less"

and then in the last paragraph -

"54 per cent fall into the greater-than-$100-a-month category."

Maybe I'm interpretting it incorrectly, but those two statments look to be contradictory.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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Closed

I'm surprised how many people are so willing to accept this Closed ecosystem, the Walled Garden as I have heard it termed.

Peronally I blame Apple, and to a slighly lesser extent Microsoft, oh and Sony too.

I remember when you bought hardware and you had to either boot off a floppy, or install the OS yourself to a 10Mb hard disk, you might have been supplied with an OS, but you could pick which one you wanted.

A lot of people here expect that when you buy a computer that you have to use the OS which is supplied at the time and that if it bricks when you try a different OS then it's your fault, my mind screams WTF?

What happened to standards, interoperability and choice for the consumer, what has happened with the Samsung product seems to me to be a mistake and a bug in the firmware yet there are a lot of people who seem to think that you shouldn't be able to run a different OS on the laptop and should you attempt to do so then it's acceptable for the motherboard to be damaged.

The OS won't be overwriting the firmware, just trying to call it's functions, it shouldn't be possible to brick it like that, the firmware should balk at self harm.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

Richard 120

Re: The Apple what?

@Philip Lewis

Given your prolific activity on this particular forum Philip one might suggest that you yourself are "sufficiently motivated/obsessed/crazy"

Maybe you want to tone it down a little to avoid the Fanboi label?

I'm a little surprised that Apple won the rusty dodo award, although maybe people are getting sick of the marketing hype and the lack of interoperability of Apple products, or perhaps everything else was just mediocre and nobody was compelled to suggest a particular product that was bad enough for a consensus to be formed, there probably hasn't been enough time for the Surface tablets to reach that stage, give it a year.

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Greedy Apple told it can't triple Samsung's $1bn patent payout

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Unhappy

why the downvotes?

I was saying that the lawyers would win more in the event of a retrial, not either of the companies which have to pay the lawyers, by the hour (or minute) I expect.

It's in the lawyers interests to go for a retrial to make the job last longer, win, lose or draw they're still going to get paid, why else would Apple lawyers be arguing for a retrial?

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The house ALWAYS wins

But not as much as they could have done if they'd managed to get a retrial.

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RIM blows on the dice, gets ready for its FINAL THROW

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Final Throw

So it's a foregone conclusion then?

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

Richard 120

Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card

No, that's why there's a big bold Comment

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Stanford super runs million-core calculation

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Is it hard to do that?

Could you not do that just by writing some bad code?

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

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I did a lot of silly things at uni, got in trouble for some. My point is that uni is a place to learn things, sometimes learning things involves making mistakes. I might have got expelled for doing similar things because I didn't think it was that big a deal, and I didn't know it was illegal to run a port scanner and I wouldn't have had enough funds to lawyer up and I know lecturers and admins would easily have intimidated me into signing an NDA.

As far as I can tell he was a bit silly and the other lot over-reacted probably as a result of embarassment, shame everybody couldn't learn from what happened.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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Re: Engineers often simply lack understanding of emotional situations

Back before I got a respectable job I did a stint in Sales and each day I could feel a part of my soul shrivel and die, I managed to escape to a programming job before I reached the baby eating stage.

Others I worked with were genuinely evil, comparable in empathy to either cockroaches or starving wolves, or some evil genetic hybrid, in fact they possibly were some kind of evil genetic hybrid.

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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Re: You can say what you like.

Yes, but I don't think you'll have much problem saying "what you like"

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Quality over quantity

I like to think that the readership of el Reg is of a different quality of readership than that of the Sun or the Mirror and that the readership can pour scorn on the technical ineptitude of those alternative readerships.

I also like to think that people are inherently good, old dogs CAN learn new tricks and that Bacon sandwiches are absolutely vital to a healthy diet.

Don't change el Reg

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Paris Hilton

Re: deniers

Isn't that a unit of measurement for tights or something like that?

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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Happy

Re: This way to protectionism...

Now Tom, I've said this before, protectionism is okay, so long as none of the other countries are doing it.

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Top Brit Penguins spurn London Stock Exchange for NYSE

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Headmaster

third?

"second only to Silicon Valley and New York"

did you mean third?

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