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* Posts by james 68

144 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009

Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

james 68

Re: Well...

heh - that comment made me have images of someone chewing on barbies, om nom nom lol

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james 68

the backpack is obviously for carrying around her tiny rat like dog in comfort, why would she need an air supply? as an obvious airhead of such calibre she would probably carry enough oxygen/nitrogen mix in her cranium to last the entire mission.

barbie as a young girls role model = LOL

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Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

james 68
FAIL

Re: misleading - and should be thrown out of court

i feel the MANUFACTURERS who are abusing the patents should pay - not the suckers who bought the components in good faith

your argument is astoundingly simplistic - should you then be sued for using devices which contain LEDs? because thats where your argument is leading

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james 68

misleading - and should be thrown out of court

it seems that the "patents" are for processes involved in the manufacture of modern LEDs not LEDs themselves.

since the LED was invented by some russian bloke in the 1920s and was first mass produced by General Electric in the 1960s they might have a difficult time proving patents on the objects themselves.

in my opinion these suits should be thrown out of court as they should be aimed at the manufacturers of the LEDs as opposed to those using them - apple etc are using an item based upon many sources of prior art, the manufacturers are those making the LEDS using the processes claimed in the patent suit.

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Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

james 68

pretty obvious really

the name "Vulcan" as in the ancient god and not a pointy eared prat with silly eyebrows, is already taken in astronomy circles.

urbain le verrier called his hypothetical planet between the sun and mercury vulcan, and though it is now proven not to exist there is a very good chance of a ring of asteroids in that orbit, reffered to as vulcanoid asteroids. anyone want to guess what these would be called on discovery? heres a clue... vulcan1, vulcan2, vulcan3....

(they are hypothetical but there is eveidence to support the claim, they are however extremely hard to find as the area they would inhabit suffers from serious light pollution from the sun making telescope observation difficult)

besides as the god of fire and volcanos it would hardly be a fitting name for a little rock out in the coldest boondocks of our solar system.

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

james 68

Re: Oh you gotta be kidding....

FUD? not so much...

"Microsoft funding of SCO controversy

On March 4, 2004, a leaked SCO internal e-mail detailed how Microsoft had raised up to $106 million via the BayStar referral and other means. Blake Stowell of SCO confirmed the memo was real. BayStar claimed the deal was suggested by Microsoft, but that no money for it came directly from them. In addition to the Baystar involvement, Microsoft paid SCO $6M (USD) in May 2003 for a license to "Unix and Unix-related patents", despite the lack of Unix-related patents owned by SCO. This deal was widely seen in the press as a boost to SCO's finances which would help SCO with its lawsuit against IBM"

(from wikipedia - cause i knew it had happened but couldnt remember when etc)

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

james 68
Big Brother

hmm

so in other words, your mobile device downloads 1 gigabit of data just so it can get at the 150 megabits of data it actually needs and discards the rest

good show BBC, way to support the phone companies in their ongoing battle to cap and charge the masses.

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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

james 68
Facepalm

the formfactor

the control interface

the electronics squeezed into such a small package

your glossing over the tech innovations and trying to say its just some apps? you dont happen to work in cupertino do you by any chance?

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james 68
FAIL

glass... its something new and innovative (thats enough for a stagnant apple to hate it right there) though it does kinda make the user look retarded and i see at best limited uptake in its present form, it will spur further innovation as other companies vie for market share in both final products and components (and yes that will include graphics hardware).

apple and intel bitching about it? well that sounds like...

apple trying to downplay a new technology until they can catch up with a competing device - then sue because they were so obviously into it before anyone else

intel then jumping on the bandwagon and bouncing around Cooks feet like a little lost puppy thats starved for love in the vain hopes that apple will then use their tech (atom processors)

sour grapes all around

and even though glass looks like crap atm - lets not forget that what we have seen so far are DEVELOPMENT versions, not final "lets get this shit on store shelves" versions but test units. a lot can (and i bet will) change before final release.

oh and intel complaining about graphics performance? lol the irony

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Judge: Evidence will likely show Apple DID fix ebook prices

james 68

Re: "she did stress that her view wasn't final"

really i gotta wonder how much apple "donated" to the judges favorite charity of choice for her to say this?

a) judgement goes apples way - nothing more said.

b) judgement goes against apple - thrown out of court on appeal due to non-impartial judge using this statement as proof.

apple lawers must be happily jerkin themselves into a right frothy mess over this one

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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

james 68

Re: gets my goat

"regulars" = full time soldiers

"regulated" = under control of law

both terms meant the same thing then as they do now

regulated militia being controlled by state government to oppose any abuse by federal government or interference with the states right to establish its own rule of law and and to offset a standing regular army (which at the time was seen as a means to suppress the people and the various states)

in fact to form an UNREGULATED militia would have been seen as treason and what we now call a terrorist action

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james 68

Re: gets my goat

actually im rather well versed in english thanks since my lot invented it, i just dont waste time on capitalisation and punctuation in meaningless post threads

the wording in the second amendment is quite clear given the language of the time - militias, not individuals

that the NRA can buy a judge makes no difference to either the intent of said amendment or the morality of those who chose to twist it (consider that it took them till 2008 to do so, only 217 years after all)

btw you made me giggle a little with your "free country" rant, i chose to believe that was an ironic statement because it would just be too sad otherwise

here in the UK we have the magna carta and the bill of rights, so yeah, i dont need yer cheap knock offs thanks.

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james 68

gets my goat

second amendment rights?

wonder how many downvotes ill get for this....

but frankly - bollocks

there is nothing in the US constitution or bill of rights that states that an "individual" has the right to keep or bear arms - nothing - not one word.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

the "people" referred to in that are those defined by "well regulated militia"

hence:

are you a legal member of a militia, funded, organised and operated by a state government?

if the answer to that question is no, then hell no you aint got no "right" to keep or bear arms unless the state decides to license you to do so. that is called a privilege not a right.

dont get me wrong, im all for guns, with proper and sane controls in place (background checks, mental health checks, mandatory gun safety courses prior to licensing, mandatory storage in a locked gun cabinet when not in use, safety lock to prevent discharge by children etc) but all this "second amendment rights" crap is nothing more than a load of twisted bull put forward by paranoid asshats.

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

james 68

not really sure

i download shows that i have missed on live UK tv but i do pay a tv license - not really sure where that leaves me on their freetard scale

i have also in the past downloaded various pieces of software - the trial releases are so hampered that its pointless using them, there's no way you can find out if a product will suit your needs if the reason you want it is only available in the full versions, its just stupid - if said pirated versions suited my needs i then bought a legitimate copy, if not then i moved on to a product that did. where on the scale does this then leave me?

frankly i'm all for piracy with the caveat that it is done to test the software and a full copy is then bought if the software is suitable, i am not however for piracy just to steal software - if the developers dont get paid then where is the incentive for them to release new products?

music on the other hand i couldn't give a damn about, since sales don't go to the artists but to the producers and the artists get stiffed anyway, i don't download or buy it either way.

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World Web Consortium warms HTML bed for forced DRM snuggle

james 68

Re: The problems it causes.

i agree with your post wholeheartedly however i must point out that:

"4a) No Free Software can implement DRM, since if I have the ability to compile and run the source, I can intercept the decoded data"

is wrong.

free software can and indeed does in many cases implement DRM, there is a world of difference between free software which can be closed source, and open source software,

even open source software can implement DRM, sure you can read the source code, which will allow you to understand how the DRM is implemented even the code for the DRM module itself - however its the hash it uses that counts, be it a supplied hash that will allow the use of secondary software or media or your own hash for media or software you create for use with the program. the DRM module will just check hashes and can be open source for the world to see, it carries out a very basic function, the hashes themselves are another matter.

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'Quantum network? We've had one for years,' says Los Alamos

james 68
Big Brother

Re: Buy stocks in aluminum!

nah mate, the truth is that TPTB started the tinfoil hat rumour specifically so they could gain greater control - the thought that it acts like a faraday cage is false (it would have to totally enclose the head for that to work, since your neck is in the way thats not really gonna happen) as it is in fact open at the front and base this means it collects radio waves and in fact focuses them to a central point ( your brain), think parabolic antenna.

true a subject wearing a tinfoil hat would be partially shielded from behind, but from just about every other angle they will be concentrating the nefarious mind control/reading/dumbing rays.

yay science

disclaimer: the author of this post does not admit to belief in these various conspiracy theories so those black helicopters can stop following me now please. however the author of this post does admit that this information is useful for annoying the shit out of holier than thou whackjobs who think theyre "special" and "enlightened" and use the term "sheeple" a lot.

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

james 68
FAIL

Re: Eh?

you realise they can get free internet access in libraries right?

i was homeless myself for a number of months and was lucky to end up eating even as well as the person concerned and yet i had daily free internet access in various libraries. such free access was in fact pivotal to me getting back on my feet with a job and a place to live.

just because you have never had to stoop so low as to use something does not mean that it does not exist.

to berate someone without knowing their situation - and indeed to go so far as to try and force your own fantastical delusion as to what their life might be like upon them is farcical at best. you sir are a twat.

as for the story that started it all, yes, for those of us who have been there it is more than in bad taste. it is in fact the most deluded piece of crap ive ever read on this site and that is saying something, the daily mirror probably has better taste and empathy.

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BT unleashes SIP licensing troll army

james 68

BT privatised in 1984

sip patents range from 1999 onwards

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Guess who PC-slaying tablets are killing next? Keyboard biz Logitech

james 68

bollocks

its not the tablet business thats killing logitech, its logitechs overinflated prices and rapidly diminishing quality thats doing the nasty for them.

customers just arent stupid enough to pay £80 for a keyboard and £120 for a mouse when they can buy from a lesser known brand a direct equivelant of higher quality build with better materials for £30 or less (total for both peripherals)

cry me a river logitech, i'll use it for kayaking thanks :)

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Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

james 68

cue sepia tone and hovis music

brings back memories - i had one of these in the cgl branded form as a nipper

enjoyed it immensely

the thing that sticks in my mind the most though was the tapedeck, when the tape needed swapped/turned over or the data ended before it should have, it often spoke in the sexiest female voice telling you what the issue was and what to do. a most pleasurable experience after sitting through 25 minutes of modem type noise

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Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

james 68

Re: Uh... No.

thanks - the drones here all just gave me funny looks for laughing for no apparent reason

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james 68

Re: Uh... No.

they are

"Archimedes is also said to have devised a giant crossbow of some sort, to further harry the Roman fleet."

that would be a ballista then... as invented by dionysus

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Dubai splurges on 700hp, 217mph Lamborghini police cruiser

james 68
Holmes

not exactly a fair comparison

i notice you compared it to the BMW 5 series that the UK plods use, however they have also been using both Lotus esprits and elans for the past decade - many of the UK police forces use lotus's for high speed motorway chase cars, hell they even have em in northern ireland. while not exactly in OTT supercar territory its still a closer comparison, but i guess it doesnt make as good a story when the gap in performance isn't quite as high as you'd lead us to believe.

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

james 68
Thumb Up

Re: bah

@shaolin cookie

that is something i havent tried - didnt think that would even matter since ipv6 is disabled in network settings.

at this point though i'll give it a try, anything to get rid of chrome and have firefox back.

thanks for the suggestion.

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james 68

bah

mozilla should fix the memory problems (i assume its memory problems though it could be how it interfaces with the plugins container as stopping that in task manager often stops the lock-up) with firefox before bitching about others choice in browser engine.

im now forced to use chrome (which i hate) because firefox is unstable, and that instability has been getting worse for at least the last 3-4 full revisions. i was a supporter of firefox for years but i dont have time to wait for firefoxs random 5 min lock-ups.

and before people bitch that its my choice of browser plugins - i have tried it on fresh installs of win7 (x86 and x64) and fresh firefox installs with NO plugins. its worse on the x64 systems though it happens on both. and it occurs on pages with minimal content (ie the google home page) or loaded up with heavy flash content.

i hope they fix it soon cause id be back to firefox in a heartbeat.

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

james 68

Re: um

true i should have used granted there - my bad

however its only 5 years if the trademark was granted 1st jan 2008 and the phone was made 31st dec 2012 (and thats even stretching it as it should really be 1st jan 2013)

otherwise still under 5 years. the math is strong with this one.

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james 68
Boffin

Re: um

settle it once and for all - page 7 under the title "removal from register"

5 years FROM GRANT

http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/issues/Article.ashx?g=6b64affd-73da-49c2-af3a-3cad001100f5

i have experience applying for trademarks (and copyrights as it happens) and i can categorically tell you that it is ALWAYS from grant of application not from making the application that any forfeiture kicks in - regardless of country. but since i know that "well maybe not in brazil...." will be an argument youll notice that what i sent you to read above is describing the BRAZILIAN trademark process specifically.

my god, has apple issued a version of maps for the mind?

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james 68

Re: um

matters not - since the 5 years start from the moment the application is GRANTED not from when they apply for it, hence they were still well within the 5 year term

;-)

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james 68

Re: um

that last one was @ jdx

just to be clear

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james 68

Re: um

really?

because cisco might argue with you there

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_iPhone

dont drink the apple flavoured coolaid my friend

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james 68

um

wait...

"Apple is contesting the decision on the basis that Gradiente failed to make use of its trademark within the five year window, states the Journal."

ok so the brazillian company applied for the trademark in 2008, they made it in 2012 - thats 4 years... is apple hoping that their lord and savior Jobshova will change spacetime to make their statement correct?

does physics actually matter in a universe with apple in it? is the answer to that question 42? seriously the world according to apple make no sense.

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Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

james 68

Re: Hmm...

...and apple buy the majority of their electronicy parts from samsung - that wont stop em

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james 68

Hmm...

looks more like an iphone than the galaxy s does.

how long before apple sue i wonder?

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Samsung confirms Tizen-based mobes to debut this year

james 68

not quite

"The first hints that Samsung was looking to Tizen as a possible replacement for Android came in June 2012, when the mobile maker sunk $500,000 into the Linux Foundation, which oversees Tizen development."

not so much, try googling LiMo - you know... what Tizen was called before it had a name change, or simply look at the Tizen Wikipedia page. hell just check your own archive http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/limo_founded/ from 2007 no less

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

james 68

heh

gotta admit though. its a lot closer to the truth than what american schoolchildren are taught about how al gore invented the internet using a series of magical mystery tubes.

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That horrendous iPhone empurplement - you're holding it wrong

james 68

Re: Macturbate / mac-tur-bayt (verb)

and i thank you sir

for proving my point so well ;-)

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james 68

Macturbate / mac-tur-bayt (verb)

v. to pleasure oneself through the use of an Apple product.

Once Mike gets the new iPhone he's going to macturbate for a week straight.

If whilst macturbating to your new iDevice you do not get irrationally excited and pompous, you are holding it wrong.

(should be added to the register lexicon imho)

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iPhone 5 Lightning cables sticking in USB ports

james 68

duh

its obvious innit?

apple has altered the male usb connector 'just enough' to claim that its a different and 'new' product

now they will patent their 'new' usb end using their favorite sympathetic court of law

stand by to see them suing the ass off of every single manufacturer out their next year for making usb ends too similar to apples "original and innovative" proprietary design.

its what theyve done with everything else and its made them a fortune, why stop now?

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Elon Musk says he's planning a 'supersonic, electric hover jetplane'

james 68

oh he'll pull it off alright - but having to land and spend 12 hours recharging every 100 miles will be a pain in the ass

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

james 68

Re: Super fast planetary formation - why?

careful mate...

your comment is way too sensible, the holier than thous will be salivating at the thought of jumping all over it just to feed their egos

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james 68

is it just me or do some "scientists" seem to completely dismiss obvious and simple ideas for the most far fetched ones?

dust around stars disappears! must be super duper fast planet formation!!!

or maybe just a migratory planet(oid)s orbit caused it to drift through the solar plane which contained the dust causing a large portion of it to be scooped up to the planet(oid)s surface due to gravity, something we can infer from accumulated evidence happened many times in our own solar system setting a known precident.

NO!! MUST!! BE!! SUPERFAST!! PLANET!! FORMATION!! MUST!! HAVE!! CRAZY!! THEORY!! TO!! GET!! MORE!! FUNDING!!

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Sleek new Macs violate fanbois' Retinas with display garbage

james 68

Re: "petty and unprofessional"

that the new definition of honesty then? nasty hurtful and mean?

guess you use the wikipedia version of the dictionary then

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Windows XP update fails in infinite .NET patch loop

james 68

stupid buggers screwed win7 as well

i have been having this exact same issue but with .net4 patches (KB2600217 & KB2656351) since monday

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

james 68

small goof

always on pc is NOT free

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Let’s send 3D printers TO THE MOON

james 68

just me or was this idea touted a number of years ago?

http://inhabitat.com/print-a-house-in-24-hours-with-robots/

2005 to be precise

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Internet's first 'Hall of Fame' REVEALED

james 68

giggling like a schoolgirl on nitrous

lol Al Gore?? lolololol

series of tubes! rofl

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Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3

james 68

er...

isnt this the exact same rumour that was flying around for the last 2 versions of iphone?

i was interested in it before from a materials standpoint only to discover that the phone was standard kit and only the lil pokey thing was liquid metal - next will be the rumour that the entire samsung galaxy s3 will be entirely made of gorrilla glass, oh wait they said that before too

those korean guys have some imagination.

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Oakley: 'smart' sunglasses ready to shine

james 68

ROFLCOPERS

"and feature Siri-like voice commands........"

ok so it'll only take commands in certain american states, and then only to direct you to the nearest old folks home when you ask it where the nearest chinese restraunt is located?

colour me excited

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Exploding dinosaur theory EXPLODED

james 68

Re: scientists need to go back to school

i gather the 'Fail' icon was for failing to see the point, your link is to an entirely different event, which i might add was never misrepresented as being a natural explosion.

fail indeed

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james 68

scientists need to go back to school

large marine creatures do in fact have a tendency to "explode" re: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3437455.stm

land mammals have a more porous skin allowing gasses to seep out and not build pressure - marine creatures on the other hand have a much thicker hide with a lot less porosity allowing pressure to build until the creature splits or even explodes.

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