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Win gorgeous strap-on, enter whole new world with Reg compo

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Is that...

Baldrick???

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Nokia halts sales of Lumia 2520 Win RT tablet over zap-happy charger

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Re: Been there done that

I've got some cheap 240V LED downlights with ballasts that aren't insulated from the light's aluminium body. That was an interesting discovery.

Then there are some that are insulated ... with a single layer of transparent adhesive tape.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: My two-year old camera has a better screen

That's 1.23 million "dots", not pixels, in the parlance of camera manufacturers. They refer to the subpixels individually, and it's an RGBW screen, so realistically you're looking at half that resolution.

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Highest?

5.5" 2560x1440 phones have already been "launched". They're not available for another month, but I'd guess they're closer to market than a screen exhibited at a trade show.

This has surely got to be close to the end. Even pentile is almost imperceptible at 1920x1080 in smartphone screen sizes, let alone RGB stripe.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Re: Feels really cheap

I played with one yesterday, and at least it looked and felt a lot better than I was expecting based on the product photography.

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Re: Meh

His words carry weight; he's certainly very experienced with corporations that need a thorough top-to-bottom clean-out.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Fascinating

This is one of the reasons I visit this site. With that brown-nosing out of the way, I feel I should be That Guy and point out that the Richter scale went out decades ago; it's the Moment Magnitude scale now.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Re: Pretty easy

That's okay, I did it after posting. Got lucky!

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Re: Pretty easy

So, homeopathy for your Android phone then.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!

Then when the temp drops, the air becomes supersaturated.

That makes sense

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Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!

120% humidity‽

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Re: Just to be pedantic

Ah. Deadly venom is neither a poison, nor poisonous. Got it.

Fortunately for imanidiot, he/she didn't say that.

A poisonous animal is one that will harm you if you ingest (or sometimes touch) it. An animal that harms you by injecting a toxin is venomous.

It's an entirely uncontroversial distinction in the context of zoology.

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Re: That's not a State (It's a Territory)

It's no competition, WA's population density is in the next order of magnitude!

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Re: Redbacks

I left a room of my house in the dark for an extended period and ended up with redbacks on the ceiling, which had me ensnared before I realised what was going on. Luckily they're fairly dopey spiders so there was no further excitement.

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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

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Re: Better rule - if they call you, don't do it!

I kept a fake Microsoft support caller on the line for 45 minutes once by booting a Linux live CD to help me realistically feign ignorance every time they tried to run through their script, and asking simple questions about the reasons to pay them money etc. The caller was pretty upset by the end of it, presumably because these call centre staff don't get paid until they successfully pass you on to the real scammer. I believe they also don't always know they're involved in a scam.

But wasting the time of someone who may even have been an innocent party is nothing. My favourite story involved the recipient/target following the scammer's instructions and then taking control of the scammer's systems once the connection was made.

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HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

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Re: It's not a moon

Upvote for the Bushism

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Does my mass look big in this? Roly-poly galaxy El Gordo more porky than first feared

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Re: Notation

Is there really still ambiguity regarding the scale?

Asked as an ignorant Antipodean. I grew up with short scale and Wikipedia claims that the entire English-speaking world also uses short scale.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: The Exynos has two chips?

That's not quite right either. The 5420 can use all eight cores at once, with threads scheduled according to their priority or difficulty.

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I had an opportunity to play with the Tab Pro 12.2, which lacks on the Wacom digitiser compared to this one. While sometimes 10" tablets can feel a bit big, this one being closer to the size of a magazine makes it more useful, and feel more "right".

I found the pentile screen a slight distraction on the 2014 Note 10.1 and Tab Pro 10.1 compared to the Nexus 10. The 12" screen makes it that much more noticeable.

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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

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Re: Out of curiosity

A ham fisted response to a problem that's been ongoing since European settlement.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Based on your comments on this issue, I'd be very surprised if you were sympathetic to begin with.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: Great, but not entirely perfect..

I too have a problem with receiving email intended for someone with the same name on gmail. It's been going on for years and it's always the same person.

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Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

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Re: Discontinued

I was going to say "that's ridiculous" but then I looked it up. Discontinued in 2010!

Never fear, now you can buy a Honda Vajazzle instead.

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Popcorn

It's becoming clear that this story's going to keep us entertained for a long while to come.

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Microsoft Australia slashes price of Surface Pro 128GB by $AUD400

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Re: Where would you put your money?

I think I'd be putting as much as possible on the credit cards and the mortgage, in that order, before putting anything into a savings account...

Oh yeah, the Surface Pro. Stacked up against other $600 tablets, it's a pretty tempting proposition.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

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Re: Einstein's answer:

We also know that, by definition, antimatter has al the "anti-" properties of matter.

We do?

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Joules?

I prefer grams of TNT

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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Trollface

Why not just ban association football?

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Re: Pained tone of a person's voice?

I've a co-worker who puts on a voice that makes him sound like he's on death's door when he calls in sick. It's really quite comical.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Detecting Russian code

Surely it's the code written in Cyrillic?

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

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Re: Turn them upside down and shake them

It's true. I often lose coins just so that I can find them and throw a party afterwards.

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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

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Reverse takeover by Simon Hackett?

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

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Re: WARNING

To make more signs?

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Re: WARNING

Those left wing whackadoos tend not to form government

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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“This has been like looking for a needle in a haystack, but instead we found a crowbar”

Gordon's been, then.

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Sounds like a combat robot

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Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain

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Facepalm

So you mean people aren't prepared to pay twice as much for a 12.2" tablet as for a 10.1" tablet?

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: I've got

You think you've got problems? I've only got one pair of cheap needle nose pliers. And a cheap pair of sidecutters. I didn't even realise. This fascinating and in-depth investigation into the world of pliers has motivated me to rectify this situation.

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Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History

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Re: First Tweet??

I can't decide which way to vote! It could be serious, but then surely that's too obvious? It feels like an irony overflow, or divide by zero error. Aargh.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Violence?

Is an awesome name.

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

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Re: Asking the police to help for criminal currency...

what

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

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Re: Would it be acceptable ....

If you "returned" one hard copy through the mail every day, at what point would they ask you to stop, I wonder?

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Australian car-share biz GoGet working on autonomous vehicle

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You could say you arrive in Cooma in a coma. Or simply you arrive in Coma...

Canberra's full of useless drivers too but they seem to be paying complete attention ... to running you off the road.

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That must have pre-dated GPS?

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: Epic Fail

Can they identify the coins? A bitcoin is not like a banknote - it has no serial number and is not indivisible - it is just a decimal number in someone's bitcoin wallet. What that wallet does is recorded, but you cannot trace an individual bitcoin because it is not a thing, and they can be traded in tiny fractions of a whole "coin". There may be a list of wallets that contain(ed) stolen amounts of the stuff, but I don't believe there can ever be a list of "hot coins".

At least, this is how I understand it. If you receive 0.1 "dodgy ones", does that tiny amount taint all of your future transactions? If you then give half of your wallet to someone, do they now have 0.05 "dodgy ones"? Given enough time, eventually everyone's going to have the same proportion of their wallet in "dodgy ones".

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Re: Consensus

verifiable, repeatable experiments that can not be disproven are the difference between science and social studies, its a pity that too many people don't seem to know that any more.

I want to clarify what you have said here. One basis of the scientific method is that a scientific theory must be falsifiable, i.e. it can be disproven, if and/or when the appropriate contrary evidence is found. If a claim or explanation cannot be disproven, it is not scientific.

A scientific theory is an explanation that repeatably fits the observable natural evidence. The scientific method does not deal with absolute positive proof.

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Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octocore

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"We understand this much better than Qualccomm," says former Qualcomm marketing guru Johan Lodenius, speaking to The Register today. The current MediaTek CMO adds: "We know those markets better; now we see Qualcomm doing an 8-core, something they said it was dumb - who's in the lead now?"

Wouldn't it be delicious if he was still at Qualcomm when the statement he's criticising was made.

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Health boffins say wind turbines don't make you sick

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Re: common sense failure

You appear to have decided in advance that your quality of life will be negatively affected, even before going through the experience, and without any evidence to support such a decision.

Your subsequent testimony would not be worth very much ;)

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Re: Looking for the "right" answer?

Even if they did, one case is not even remotely statistically significant.

And they might very well have found one, before dismissing it for that exact reason.

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