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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

james 68

Re: And when the Greens get pissy...

but do they have lasers on their heads?

inquiring minds need to know

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

james 68

Re: Pixel wars

call me convinced, better processors and more memory are obviously useless and a natty flash is the dogs bollocks

woe is me ive been living a lie for sooooo long now... not

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james 68

Re: Pixel wars

the view could also be taken that they simply rebadged the same tired old crap every year safe in the knowledge that their adoring zealots would fork out the cash for it anyway, because its "new".

that or they felt a bit guilty about asking samsung to make them even better screens what with the sueball broadside being launched and all.

innovation > stagnation

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james 68

Re: Pixel wars

you sir, made me giggle, bravo.

you realize it was apple that started the whole pixels per inch thing right? "retina" displays?

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

james 68

Re: Amazing

this is an apple patent filing (please forgive the huge address) http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=D0618678&homeurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO2%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsearch-bool.html%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526co1%3DAND%2526d%3DPTXT%2526s1%3DD618,678.PN.%2526OS%3DPN%2FD618,678%2526RS%3DPN%2FD618,678&PageNum=&Rtype=&SectionNum=&idkey=NONE&Input=View+first+page

note the patent is only for the part of the image with solid lines.

which is rectangle with rounded corners.

a plain old rectangle, with rounded corners.

so yeah. believe it.

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james 68

aaaaaaand the issue with that is that the newton looks nothing like an ipad, whereas the ipad is identical to the knight-ritter tablet. a lot more so than any samsung product look like an apple one, and since apple is being all pissy about "design patents" thats a pretty bloody big thing.

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james 68

you can take that date back to 1994

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1381528/Knight-Ridder-tablet-looks-just-like-iPad-17-YEARS-OLD.html

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james 68

i fail to see your point, it looks just like any other newly opened (past 8-9 years) store from various brands that are trying to be chic/hip/twattish.

in fact, looks more like an O2 store as opposed to apple, besides nothing to do with phones, you know those things the lawsuits are all about?

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james 68

careful... they've probably patented that under "gestures:mobile device, subcatagory - human v1.0, proviso:emoji"

could lead to financial ruin

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Reg LOHAN spaceplane: Punch and Judy show in comedy non-explosive climax

james 68

gotta be careful with fuses in extreme cold if they're the metal strip/wire type.

the strip/wire is very thin and held firmly at both ends, in extreme cold the metal contracts and can snap (not helped by also becoming brittle) especially the cheap ones, the more expensive ones have a twist in them which means they can stretch further and last better in the cold.

when i stayed in canada we often had to replace vehicle fuses for this very reason.

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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

james 68

doubt it

japanese police and their law in general is not only extraordinarily harsh (hence the low crime rates) but extremely expensive for anyone considered a suspect.

its a lot like legal extortion, you pay for everything, even access to your lawyer, phone calls to/from family etc, but no matter how much you pay it wont effect the outcome of your case. even your own lawyer will be in on it, cant pay extra? too bad you get a real estate lawyer instead of a criminal defender, and the whole time your own lawyer will be trying to make you confess anyway.

its often better for innocent people to claim guilt than fight a charge.

if anything by denying involvement the third guys family will end up financially broken and he will get the longest sentence.

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Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser

james 68

Re: Simmer down, people: she's a lobbyist.

alternatively they'll use her to get better concessions (read as: money) from government etc for deep access to their hosting facilities.

its not a one way street and when in doubt the answer is 99% of the time, money.

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Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

james 68

hang on a sec....

Don't apple and their zealots already live inside a heavily augmented (virtual) reality distortion field?

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

james 68

Re: It should be measured in Essex girl knee tremblers.

they some big girls....

when their knees tremble not only does the ground shake but due to the revealing nature of their clothing you can see seismic waves flowing across the exposed flab

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james 68

Re: Fascinating

you realise this is The Reg?

It should be measured in Essex girl knee tremblers.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday

james 68

just claim to your boss that you're upgrading and testing ssl and point em towards a link to a heartbleed story.

i've used it for a days dossing already, works a charm.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

james 68

Re: even more exclusion?

"Like Australians not being able to see content on Hulu or BBC web sites when they are supposedly promoting globalisation"

You think thats bad? There are areas on the BBC websites that British citizens cant access, because they contain "content not available in your country". Not only television shows but forums and news sites too.

British Broadcasting Corporation my ass, if its paid for by my bloody TV license then I want access to it.

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Middle England trembles before roaring LOHAN

james 68

actually i alluded to a thrusting bell-end, but my enquiry was serious.

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james 68

Curious

Just wondering what kind of nozzle your going to use on the rocket motor, bell or aerospike?

I would think an aerospike would be much better at providing good high speed launch at altitude as its self regulating providing better thrust than your typical bell-end.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

james 68

Re: Oh please thise same tired old crap...

cannot decide if troll or deludedly serious, well played sir.... however april first was yesterday.

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Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

james 68

Re: Blackberry

they didnt need to hack the blackberry - as you stated its authorised to run on DoD networks, thats pwned by definition right there.

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james 68

Re: How long before normal companies....

"Look what happens when the US doesn't use aircraft-carrier diplomacy and relies on the EU to police their backyard - Russia invades, and annexes parts of other countries."

as opposed to when the US creates and arms terrorist organizations that later come around and bite them and everyone else on the ass?

bravo.

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

james 68

Re: just a thought

Perusing related links on here i came across this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/31/paper_plane_flight/

Size and shape would be perfect and its capable of holding the tracker.

On that note in the comments on that page, the suggestion for lobbing a paper aircraft from the ISS and wether or not friction would cause it to burn up were stated previous to my posting here.

I apologise to both Joe Gurman and Blitheringeejit as it must seem like i tried to plagiarize - I had no intention of stealing your ideas and did not in fact know you had made them till just now.

I guess great minds think alike.

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james 68

Re: just a thought

Too big and it would be a tad awkward for a suited astronaut to faff around with.

Time to de-orbit shouldn't be an issue, with an astronaut simply throwing it directly towards earth, gravity would do the rest causing it to constantly accelerate until the atmosphere became thick enough for friction to overcome its effects and start slowing it down or maybe burning it up, but that's ok too because the point would be that it's an interesting and fun science experiment, NASA gets to perform a simple and super low cost experiment that kids can appreciate (including big kids) which they seem to like, the Reg gets so much "WIN" that Charlie Sheen would spontaniously combust and Major Tim would get even more coverage and kudos especially if he were to participate in a column for the Reg (or better yet 2, one preflight and one post, explaining what he thinks would happen and then explaining the results). It's great PR all round.

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james 68

just a thought

I would have thought you chaps would have contacted the soon to be launched UK astronaut Major Tim to lob a paper plane toward earth (perhaps containing one of these trackers and Reg logo wing chevrons) from the ISS and perhaps write a column for the Reg on his antics and wether or not a paper aircrafts low mass/high drag would slow it enough on re-entry not to burn up.

Seems like a perfect fit to me, just sayin...

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

james 68

Re: James 68 Kept sectret from the public, or from the target government ?

I bet Angela Merkel thought Germany would be waaaaaaayyyyyyyyy down the list too.

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james 68

Re: Kept sectret from the public, or from the target government ?

Well if its the UK you can be guaranteed our lords and masters just bent over and said "sure... just ram it right on in there".

Spineless bastards the lot of them.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

james 68

Re: GPS is FAR more accurate at altitude

"I'm not saying a barometer is utterly useless, but there are plenty of features that could be added to smartphones that 1% of people will find useful, but if you want the Swiss Army Knife of smartphones that includes a bunch of niche features just for the hell of it, you buy a Samsung Galaxy, not an iPhone."

That's because everyone is fixated on altitude. There is another use for barometers - weather prediction, combine barometer, moisture and temperature gizmos and weather is the obvious answer.

Add to the above that Apple will then be able to collate a HUGE realtime database collected from its customers devices it can then sell to third parties to make even more monies off of its users like weather services etc and its a no brainer.

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Apple pedometer patent filing cranks up the iWatch rumor mill

james 68

Re: Article title caused serious WTF moment.

yeah they screw up a lot of words, mostly its amusing though.

I always giggle when asking an american where they're from, to which they reply "i'm a merkin".

or the classic george w bush "i am proud to be a merkin" which he seemed to state with alarming regularity. probably the most honest words he ever uttered.

schoolyard humor perhaps but bloody hilarious when you consider the growing number of signs appearing across the states demanding that english be proclaimed the official language and anyone who doesn't speak it should go home.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

james 68
Coat

gripping...

slow news day huh?

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US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing

james 68

dammit

shame we cant post images here - oh well have a link instead, it sums up the whole apple/samsung bruhaha in my eyes.

http://www.loloudly.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/The-most-amazing-iPhone-yet..jpg

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Apple throws sueball at China's patent office over Siri clone

james 68

Apple didn't invent siri they bought it outright from siri inc in 2010.

Your argument is still valid but lets not add to the confusion by intimating that apple actually "invents" stuff ;-)

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james 68

Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind

court sees that firm 1 was granted patent years prior to firm 2 complaining awards victory to firm 1 = seems fair to me.

unlike certain rulings dealt out by American courts concerning disputes between American and foreign firms.

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james 68

Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind

Riddle me this-

If the Chinese firms patent is so dissimilar to siri then why is apple trying to have it declared invalid? if they aren't similar then it shouldn't matter to apple, right? because even if apple were taken to court over siri based on this patent the case would fail as the differences should stand out on their own merit, correct?

Why then is apple apparantly so worried?

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james 68

Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind

"Then again, this might be just to earn time. The idea of having to stop selling iPhones must be driving them nuts. Or to pay the troll."

You read the article right? Apple IS the troll here, the Chinese firm patented the software YEARS before apple created/patented siri.

This just shows Apples regard for patents - they are nothing but a revenue stream via lawsuit, if they have a patent they'll sue you, if they don't have a patent they'll sue you anyway and if you're the one with the patent, guess what? they'll sue you. God forbid you make anything with rounded corners....

Who's the troll again?

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

james 68

30 shades of nsa

really? nobody picked up on this lovely little snippet?

"....suspects and OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR REVIEW LATER."

but besides the orwellian nature of that somewhat scarey thought, whats to stop someone getting a UV QR code facial tattoo that causes glass to open a large 3d vr text layer covering said face stating something like "F@ck off you nosey b@st@rd"? or causes glass to download and run malware? would be invisible under normal circumstances (except under black light) but the camera on google glass would see it and process it just fine.

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Verizon: Us throttling AWS and Netflix? Not likely

james 68

Re: Jumped too quickly?

well that's a sticky point. to you and me they may seem to be throttling, however if they define what they are doing under another name then they can say in all honesty that they are not "throttling" but rather "screwing the pooch*". it is businesspeak, kind of like newspeak but more corporate.

*well they can call it whatever they want but that fits.

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

james 68

this is apple we're talking about.

these issues aren't "bugs" they're "performance art" for which no doubt they will soon start to charge for.

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Is that you, HAL? No, it's NEIL: Google, US Navy pour money into 'associative' AI brain

james 68
Terminator

Using the internet to find its images and associations though i grant that it offers an enormous amount of content is a mistake.

It'll quickly learn that everything in the universe is associated with tits. doesn't matter what word you put in a search engine there'll be porn on the 1st results page, admitedly google has gotten a lot better since it put its safe search filters in place but it is still by no means perfect and any others I've ever tried seem to be as bad as google was previously.

The first sentient observation made by man made artificial intelligence? rule #34

The first sentient descision made by a man made artificial intelligence based on its observations? All battle grade endoskeletons should be disguised as Sasha Grey not Arnie.

The resistance won't stand a chance.

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

james 68

"Under UK law, the rights-owner can apply to have a website blocked provided it can persuade a judge the evidence is strong enough. Lord Justice Arnold agreed the sites have the effect of making unauthorised stuff available."

How long till Google gets stiffed then?

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

james 68

New Jersey? since when was that in Russia?

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

james 68

I wonder...

has anyone considered that the reason the US and UK govs dislike Huawei gear is that its tech so simple they cant use their high tech spy gear to steal the packets straight from the switch?

"no no no dont use that nasty Huawei switch... use this nice shiney Cisco one, its much safer...... honest"

because lets face it, ALL our tech is made in China.

you dont see them banning the use of iphones do you?

and since you cant do big business in China without at least a pretend nod to the commie party i will bet that the Foxconn plants have ties exactly like Huawei

or how about Netgear, D-Link,Cisco etc? theres more to this than meets the eye

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

james 68

sloppy

they speak chinese just fine, just not the state sponsored dialect

sensationalism much?

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

james 68

"news"

"It's not global news. It's not national news. It would barely even be local news, in a sane world."

in a world where "news" consists of who is wearing what handbag with what dress and who has the most stupid looking rat/dog contained within said handbag I'll gladly accept this story as news, if only for the break in fashionista fake famewhore tedium about some useless tart that passes for "news" these days

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

james 68

its common sense really

seems like they should use the "green" energy to drive a turbine, pump water up to a reservoir, then when the power is needed they can let the water flow back down into a lower reservoir and the turbine then generates electricity for the grid, thats one way to "store" the energy on such a scale and by providing power when needed as opposed to when the wind blows then the fossil fuels people are happy as they dont have to switch off and on and the greens arent selectively monopolising the grid.

just a thought

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Magnets too slow for disk writes? Use lasers

james 68

Re: LASER not laser

indeed...

applying for a RIM job, or applying for a rim job, 2 completely different things which should never be confused or you could end up very embarrassed

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20 injured at LG phone giveaway as PR stunt turns into freetard riot

james 68

Re: "This Video Is Private"

makes a change from "this content is unavailable in your country" which is the usual reg fair

(last i checked Northern Ireland is still part of the UK and the UK is where theregister is based but whatever)

i dont even try watching the vids on this site anymore

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

james 68

Re: Intelligence!

dont forget how doctors can use it to contact clinics and map outbreaks, request aid, order meds etc.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

james 68

"I don't think any critical thinking person can believe that the US is a democracy anymore."

it never was - it was/is a constitutional republic, the greatest smokescreen in history was the governments achievement of having its people believe it was a democracy

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

james 68

Re: It doesn't have to be new for Apple to call it new

"not terribly bright"

should fit right in with the apply crowd then

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