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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Basic domestic choirs

I prefer the accompaniment of a full choir when I'm doing my domestic chores.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Randomly add frames

They could delete frames, perhaps. To add frames, they'd have to know what was in them.

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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Re: the price

To know whether 50 cents per chip is reasonable, we would have to know how many patents were used by the chip. If it uses exactly one patent, 50 cents might be reasonable. If it uses 100 different patents, then 50 cents per patent on a $5 chip is obviously unreasonable.

If 100 patents with a royalty of 50c each were used to design a chip, then the unreasonable part is selling that chip for $5.

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Stop climate change by drinking Coca-Cola says Oz government

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Facepalm

My sides

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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Re: How times change

Worried about getting killed? Obesity and related diseases are the biggest killers, start counting down from there, and when you get to bikes, let me know.

If you want to avoid obesity related diseases, ride a pushbike. It's also safer than riding a motorbike.

The fact remains that the death rate for motorcycle riders per kilometre travelled in the English speaking world is 30-40 times higher than for car occupants.

The leading causes of death (at least for for my age group) are suicide, accidental poisoning and transport accidents in that order.

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

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Re: Transmission from hell car that will eat your wallet!

DSG? You put a VAG 'box in your Vulva?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Deep-fried cheesy Hungarian

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Unhappy

Had one of these once and wished I hadn't.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: Word perfect article

Kanye West plays with himself.

That's not an instrument.

The skin flute is one of the oldest and most widely played musical instruments.

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Re: Streaming? more like Steaming

It never ceases to amaze me how backward car entertainment systems are when it comes to dealing with music over You Ess Bee. MP3 players had it all sorted out over 10 years ago and computer software over 20.

Mine doesn't sort files and directories alphabetically or numerically, it sorts in the order in which they were copied to the storage device!

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Re: not alone at last

Am I a pioneer, developing more refined tastes or just another grumpy old bastard?

I've already decided it's okay to be all of the above, well before I actually become old.

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Re: Re: too old to care

I rip to multiple locations, but I can only ever listen to one of them at a time.

If you and your spouse jointly own a CD, is it copyright infringement to both be listening to it in different places at the same time?

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Re: you probably have misjudged Will.I.am

He's certainly a good source of unintentional comedy gold. Whatever happened to IAMAUTO?

And his appearance on NASA's Curiosity webcast? Amazing.

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Hmm

I think this is supposed to be my generation's thing (maybe I just miss out) but I think I'll just stick to buying CDs for as long as they're around.

Fortunately for artists, despite all this downloadable and streaming music nonsense, the internet also made self-publishing and distribution of physical media much more likely to succeed.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Don't let the door etc. etc.

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Australian online voting system may have FREAK bug

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Re: Ah, political speak...

What does it mean? Probably about as much as "mitigate against".

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: I'd like to point out...

There might be circular polarising glasses for some purposes (other than passive 3D TV/cinema) but the polarised sunglasses I've encountered have all been linear. I also have no problems with the (colour) LCD in my car while wearing them.

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Re: not too disturbing

electric hand break

Ouch!

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Re: So it's impossible for your passenger to put on music?

I suspect you might be right, unless maybe you've got a bluetooth capable media player that's already recognised by the car from which you can control the entertainment system.

There's a set of controls in the centre console, so at least the passenger can distract the driver by playing with the LCD.

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I'd like to point out...

...that to avoid issues for wearers of polarised sunglasses (such as myself) all that's needed is an LCD that uses circular rather than linear polarising filters.

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Really impressed by the dashboard... not so much by the price. That same car's equivalent to about £40k on-road up here in Australia.

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Re: I just want a dumb car

Perhaps try one of those cheap and cheerful cars out of China then?

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Re: LCD everywhere

I'm sure Audi never thought of that.

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Shock development: Darkweb drug n' gun dealers are untrustworthy

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Re: Important distinction

Scan, like almost every retailer that "accepts bitcoins as payment", uses an intermediary, in this case BitPay. BitPay takes the bitcoins sends Scan some dirty fiat on your behalf.

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Re: Important distinction

I should have added "inasmuch as they're worth anything". They might have a dollar value on some dodgy market somewhere but that doesn't mean you can do anything economically worthwhile with them.

Other than buying illegal drugs, guns and pornography I guess. The future of currency!

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Important distinction

They didn't steal $12m. They took some internet monopoly money that just happened to have a market value in USD of $12m when they did it. The coins that Mt. Gox took/lost/whatever are worth less than half as much now as they were when they were taken for instance.

Word is though that they've got their hands on 130,000 bitcoins, rather than the original estimate of 43,000, or about $32.5m at the current rate.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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Re: Night eyes?

I bought a cheap LED clock radio that had two brightness settings; blinding, and blindinger.

A sheet of strong car window tint solved that problem, and also of the devices that have blue power LEDs that are blinding even with the lights on too.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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At first I was outraged...

...at having to wait six months longer, up here in the southern hemisphere.

But I'm happy with Win7 so wotevz.

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Nvidia tears wraps off GeForce Titan X (again) and $10,000 GPU brain for DIY self-driving cars

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Re: Competition

Not yet, but the R9 390 looks like it's expected to at least match this when it's launched in the next few months, although whether it's 20nm or 28nm seems to be uncertain.

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Re: most trannies on a chip ?

Single-GPU UHD gaming with everything turned to maximum and sensible frame rates. How far we've come...

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Re: hmmm

It has 50% more shaders, 50% more silicon and a 50% wider memory bus than the GTX 980, with three times as much memory, so 50% more power despite a slightly lower core clock isn't terribly surprising.

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Re: hmmm

It has twice the memory of the Titan Black, as you say on the same bus width. I'd say it's all at full speed.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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The flying car

Perpetually "only two years away".

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Re: "legitimate medical practitioners"

You forgot the joke icon Sarah

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iiNet to be scooped up by TPG for $1.4 billion

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Sarcasm?

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Re: Fatter than expected...

Only the women?

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

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Re: Boom yodel, boom yodel

It does seem to look like some kind of friendly landmine. Especially with those cross-sections.

So I suppose next comes the children's TV show Roly Poly the Friendly Landmine?

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: "STUPID fREETARD HERE"

Much the same here. I have the latest version of µTorrent, used very infrequently, no crapware in sight, and I never even knew I was an idiot!

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I suppose when you externalise your energy costs, even mining Litecoin can make you money.

Not much mind.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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As someone who's only dabbled in Ubuntu, and Ubuntu being my only real exposure to Linux, I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of it.

How does this change affect users like me who aren't likely to be overly concerned about what's going on in the background as long as it does what it's supposed to?

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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Re: input vs. output

I think you might need to put in a tad more than 90kW in order to get 30kW out :-)

It's lucky there are engines that produce more than 90kW then!

As always it depends on the technology, but some laser systems have efficiencies far higher than that.

And I doubt it was fired continuously for very long. If the prototype has to illuminate the target for a minute (which it probably didn't) it only needs a battery pack or capacitor capable of delivering 500Wh (multiplied by the efficiency factor of whatever technology you're using, which could be anywhere from 1.5 to 4 based on some quick research).

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Australia threatens to pull buckets of astronomy funding

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Re: For a minute there

Well, these current fuckwits have certainly modelled their bullshit off the work of the USA's teabaggers.

I'm not angry about the state of everything. No sir.

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Botched NBN installs leave folks with no internet, or recourse

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CSG

So does ACMA's Customer Service Guarantee not apply to NBN connections?

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ACCC slaps iiNet over prices in ads

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Re: Wtf

It's disappointing because iiNet is usually one of the good guys, but we have standards for the advertising of phone and internet contracts, and they obviously breached them.

These laws exist because a person's ignorance doesn't make it okay to take advantage of them.

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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Re: One Nine would be 90%, surely.

The 'nines' is a reference to how many '9' are in the uptime statistics.

Fortunately "90%" has one nine in it. Also.

(However I haven't forgotten that it's a joke.)

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One Nine would be 90%, surely.

After all, Three Nines isn't 999%. Every additional nine is 90% of the remainder.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Headphone jack

Headphone jack? What is this, the '90s?

You mean the '60s, right?

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: If there is to be any hope ...

Apple now has enough cash on hand to buy both Intel and AMD.

At their current prices, perhaps, but to a certain extent the value of a stock reflects the demand for it. If, hypothetically, Apple were to announce (whether explicitly or implicitly) an intention to buy 100% of both Intel and AMD, you'd see an immediate and quite healthy jump in the price of both companies.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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To be fair, change tracking is a disaster in Word.

Other than that, the biggest problem I have with it is that I work in an office full of people who don't know how to use it properly.

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