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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

Richard 120
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?

</pedant>

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UK falls behind in global graphene patent race

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Obviousness?

Will a lot of these patents be obvious though?

Basically the same stuff as exists but made with graphene rather than traditional materials.

You know, the same way that everything in the real world gets a digital patent à la the infamous shopping cart patent.

I hope not, ad I hope it does revolutionise the world and make it a better place like the invention of glass.

Do we owe someone royalties for glass? Hopefully they've forgotten by now.

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Satnav blunder sends Belgian granny 1,450km to Croatia

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Happy

Re: What I'd like to know

I think she actually stopped for fuel twice and was driving for 2 days, this made me laugh so much, her intended journey was 38 miles, surely after about an hour (more likely earlier) you'd be wondering why you haven't reached your destination, let alone the language changes, sleeping through the night, filling up with petrol, she didn't even think she wasn't in Belgium until she got to Croatia,

Asolutely hilarious story.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

Richard 120

Hmmm

I'll have to check all of my cameras ability to add metadata and configure it with my identity if possible. Not that much of it goes out onto the interwebs, I don't trust cloudy things, I can't think why.

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

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or

the argument also works if the kilogram is the same weight, it's just the weight of everything else which is changing.

Although that does make it somewhat useless for it's intended purpose.

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Guess who'll grab Facebook Sponsored Stories payout? (Hint: Not the victims)

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Facepalm

Let me get this straight

Charitable institutions which are/were set up to lobby on behalf of the citizenship regarding privacy affairs are being funded by companies who are profitted by redefining privacy.

I can't see how that's anything other than a conflict of interest right there, and that's before you even get to the cy-près thing.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

Richard 120

Forget the microwave

Just use gas to do all the cooking, although I'd stick with an electric kettle because I can't wait 20 minutes to get a cup of tea.

As for lighting, what about gravity power -

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/12/deciwatt_gravity_light/

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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Context

It's a shame it's not as funny when you read the context -

"the place where Microsoft, whose headquarters are in Redmond, develops software for Apple hardware. It's possible the thief has got hold of some unreleased Microsoft apps with his or her Apple devices. The office also houses Microsoft Exchange hosting servers, a less tempting target for a light-fingered thief."

So they got into a place which left them a choice of tablets, probably all of them were Apple, or the alternative was some probably rack mounted servers. It's an easy choice for a thief.

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Apple loses round to Amazon in 'App Store' name dispute

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Facepalm

Is this still going on?

I thought it would have been thrown out or settled by now for being so obviously frivolous and slightly deranged

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

Richard 120

Re: "there are no women on teh interwebs!"

This is simply not true, there are women on teh interwebs, I've even met some IRL.

However it is probably psychologically for the best to believe the statement to be true because whilst there may be women on the internet they're most likely not on the same part of the internet that you're on.

Consider chatting away to someone pretending to be female in a game, is it better to picture them as a bloke, or get carried away and then have a "crying game" moment later on?

I prefer to think the internet is still void of double X chromosome individuals despite evidence to the contrary.

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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

Richard 120

Re: a defence

He's not a robot, he just soliloquises like one.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

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That sort of distance

That's a hell of a task, to aim a probe that can travel anywhere fast enough to reach the destination in a human lifetime, navigate the vastness of space on it's own, after all once you get past a certain distance it's not like you can tell it to change direction at short notice.

Then you need to get it to decelerate to a reasonable speed in order to actually be of any use.

Maybe if data teleportation can be used in order to perform instant communication with the probe, but I don't think we can make things work that way yet.

I wish I was smart enough to be able to contemplate working on that sort of project.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

Richard 120

Koh

I reckon she's just chosen the most direct route to get it away from herself.

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Richard 120

To a further extreme

Have you met AMERICAN people?

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

Richard 120

Re: Genuine Question

I expect that yes they were guilty of treason under UK law, I am only guessing, but I would imagine the point is moot as when they won they were no longer subject to UK law, no need to pardon them.

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Review: Mio Cyclo 300 cycling satnav

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Re: Or you could just use your mobey?

Yes, off road, on the road there's not so much need for this sort of thing, on account of signposts, depends on what your riding I guess, some country roads are poorly signed so you might want it for some of those rides.

I don't think I've had much luck when it comes to mounts for anything on bikes, most things that are removable tend to shake loose, lights, pumps, locks, satnav, one of my better purchases has been ortlieb panniers, brilliant things.

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Richard 120

Re: Or you could just use your mobey?

It's not just the weather, although that is a big part of it.

There's also the battering that goes along with falling off the mount and onto a gravel track and then going under the wheel of the bike, or the bike taking a slide or tumble and everything attached to the bike bouncing off the scenery.

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Richard 120

Import/Export

Can it import/export routes?

I use http://www.cyclestreets.net/ and http://www.gpsies.com to plan my route, I'm yet to some across a GPS device which maps for cycles, they all sem to want to stick me on the road, despite their being a superb canal towpath near me which can cut a lot of time and hills out of a journey.

Anyone know of any devices which incorporates this sort of routing? I'm looking to upgrade, my garmin battery isn't holding as much charge as it used to, it's served me well.

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Punters rate Apple, Samsung more highly than ever

Richard 120
Happy

My favourites

Panasonic (TV's)

Logitech (PC peripherals)

Asus (PC components & Tablets)

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Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

Richard 120

Re: That's a bit unfair....

Well what is "the whole of society then"?

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Richard 120

That's a bit unfair....

Is he not a part of society then?

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Richard 120

Re: @AJ Macleod

Nope, he's saying what Stephen Hawking is a Philosopher rather than a Scientist.

By my understanding though there's a lot more maths involved in what Stephen Hawking does than what's involved in traditional Philosophy.

Some of that maths even proves or disproves things, apparently, it's beyond my ken.

Just because I don't understand it doesn't make it unscientific though, possibly it is in fact the distillation of science to it's purest form, depending on who you ask.

The physicist frowns at the chemist who in turn frowns at the biologist, which of them is the most "science-y"

Perhaps in the same way that Technology can appear as magic to the uninitiated, Theoretical physics can appear as philosophy to the uninitiated (which is quite a large percentage of the population, myself included)

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Seeing other user's posts

Richard 120

Just happened to me

I had the same experience, I'm also behind a company poxy server.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

Richard 120

Re: Anyone else

I was thinking the same thing and also wondering if it would play out the same way if it were in the UK.

I can't help but feel that Judge Koh is a bit self serving, she seems to me to be complaining about what is in effect due process and having to do what she's employed to do.

The way that it's all played out in the courts and the media in the US makes the whole thing a bit of a freak show which is gathering attention seeking legal people, and probably turning people who may once have been not interested in attention around, once there's a little bit of hype people start to believe their own press and seem to crave more of the same and adjust their behaviour to accumulate attention.

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Apple-HTC patent deal doesn't include designs, 'cloned' iDevices

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Re: Pot, Kettle, Black

the AC @13:24 was implying that the phrase "Pot, Kettle, Black" is racist.

Clearly he forgot the joke icon, and given that it's not actually very funny it's probably for the best.

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Richard 120
Trollface

Obviously

Obviously! is an obvious troll.

Sorry for not posting anything relevant to the Article, but Obviously! started it.

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A valid use for Windows 8?

Richard 120

Bluray

The thing that's prevented me from going from Win 7 to win 8 is the lack of native Bluray support.

That's also the reason I have Win 7

Going back a few years there was only the one OS which supported the HDCP protocol and Bluray playback that was available at the time, that was a MS one, XP.

Only trouble was, back then there were few pieces of software (PowerDVD and WinDVD) that would play Bluray.

The landscape may have changed a bit since then, but it still remains that the MS platform was there with Bluray support via third party software when it wasn't around on other OS's.

Why it can't be part of the Media centre add-on bundle for Win 8 I don't know.

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

Richard 120
Facepalm

Poor kids

Hopefully the naming trend is just an iFad (tm)

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

Richard 120

ow

The American guy didn't have a charger with a 3 pin plug...

Makes me wince just thinking about it

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

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WTF?

Michael Schumacher

Has not driven a Ferrari competitively since 2006.

How old is that phone?

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Badges for Commentards

Richard 120
FAIL

Quality rather than Quantity

I must try to curb my desire for a badge, I'm only a few posts off a bronze badge, but I don't want to just post for the sake of it.

Oh, wait....

oops (the fail is my own)

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

Richard 120

Zero?

Ouya

http://www.ouya.tv/

This is probably one of the nails TBH, but it proves there is still a bit of life in consoles.

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

Richard 120
Thumb Up

Re: Jacob moved it ...

The first Lost comment on the thread, I was expecting more.

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Hefty beauty GAGA gets voluptuous new undercarriage

Richard 120

Sensible

At least you're withholding the actual part which does the cutting until you can determine exactly how intelligent the beast is going to be.

I think you need to target dog like intelligence, border collie that is, not springer spaniel.

Too much or too little intelligence could be bad for the human race as we know it.

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Don't touch Sony, Panasonic's junk, says credit agency

Richard 120

Bugger

First my favourite TV manufacturer Philips more or less vanishes into almost oblivion and the quality of their stuff takes a dive, and now what I consider to be the manufacturer of the best current crop of TV's seems to be heading the same way.

Sony on the other hand I can live without.

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

Richard 120
Happy

but

it sounds so much bigger so it can't be all bad.

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BOFH: Uninterruptible patsy supply

Richard 120
Facepalm

Confused

I'm most confused too, I woke up thinking it was Friday, was disappointed when informed it was only Thursday, now I'm not so sure again...

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Apple hires top Amazon search exec to take over Siri

Richard 120

Re: Can only make it worse

I worked out why the low to high price ordering is crap, it's because it's not based on the Amazon price, or even the primary partner price, it's based on the lowest price of any seller.

That includes new and used.

Some of which have low prices, but extortionate postage costs (it's another way of reducing the consumers rights of return) or the used items are less than half the price of something new, but still the search puts them ahead of the others.

So there's logic there, it's not particularly useful logic, it could do with some additional options (like including the P&P in the price and excluding used items)

I do agree that Amazon search isn't the best there is available, it's not the worst though at least it works to a degree, some searches just don't work at all.

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

Richard 120

Re: suicide risk

I don't know, I suggest you perform an experiment, let us know how it turns out.

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Sharp punches out über-retina phone screen

Richard 120

Re: Off Topic, regarding "Retina"

I'm not sure I buy that argument.

This is essentially the argument being made there - "when we (Apple) improve DPI it's a vast improvement compared to all others and this technology does not ever need to be surpassed"

It sounds to me like you've truly bought into the marketing hype.

Also missing is the next part which is "remember we said that this technology didn't need to be surpassed, well we've found out that it does, here, buy our new overpriced technology with a much improved display, but it won't need to get any better than this one, this time, promise"

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Richard 120

Off Topic, regarding "Retina"

Everyone here knows Retina is marketing bullshit for the terminal consumer.

It makes sense for Apple to introduce a new marketing phrase, marketing is what they do best, and god help anyone who tries to use the word to describe anything other than an apple device.

They know that they're not going to be able to keep up and constantly compete on technical specifications so they'll hide them, trademark whatever word they choose to describe them. They've done this at a point when their screen technology was at the head of the game, or near enough, I wouldn't expect improvements/innovation coming from Cupertino with regard screen tech any time soon.

Consumers won't be able to perform meaningful comparisons, consequently "Retina" becomes a de facto standard, other manufacturers won't be able to say "better than Retina" because of the threat of Apple legal division (second only to their marketing division).

Apple can't really lose doing things this way.

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

Richard 120
Paris Hilton

Re: Optional, sometimes expedient

Dude, you're on the internet and you get porn delivered via snail mail?!

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Freetard-idol rock star Trent Reznor gives up, signs to major label

Richard 120
Facepalm

Re: Lost me there....

Let me guide you -

"some tracks were given away free" - um, some tracks you could get for free, but not all of them.

"$5 bought you a compressed digital version" - the entire album could be purchased as a digital copy for $5

"vinyl options ranged from $10-$300" - depending on how much disposable money you have buy a black copy, or a white copy or maybe one comes in a case and one doesn't.

In summary -

You missed the free content when you mistakenly ignored it, or possibly willfully ignored it, I don't know. That was a bit slap dash of you. It's okay though, because you're not paid to write comments, or read them properly.

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BlackBerry network goes titsup inopportunely AGAIN

Richard 120

I'm not affected

My service has already been fucked up for the last week by Vodafone

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Humanity facing GLOBAL BACON SHORTAGE

Richard 120

Re: Idea

Heretic!

Bacon makes everything better. Particularly a bacon sandwich.

Celery on the other hand is the anti-bacon.

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Richard 120

Sounds quite unsavoury

Scratchings without pork...

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Richard 120
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Two words....

You owe me a new keyboard.

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

Richard 120

Re: Tea Debate

English Breakfast tea.

Stewed for a good amount of time, and either blue milk or at least green milk.

The red milk makes for vile tea.

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