* Posts by Thecowking

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: Hmm...

An actual maths examination doesn't get any easier if you have a calculator.

For a start, it rarely involves many numbers. If you're at an intermediate stage all it will allow you to do is skip the chore-work of, for example multiplying all the elements of two matrices by hand. Not that you shouldn't be able to do that if needed, but it's at a level so far below that which you're actually testing that to enforce it only serves to make maths feel even less appealing to those who are not inclined to love it.

If you're testing arithmetic on the other hand, calculators are right out.

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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I will be playing this weekend

I'm interested to see what I can put on it, see if it has good drivers for the pi's various chippery so I can get a transcoding DLNA server running on it.

I won't be deleting my rasbian images, but I'll certainly see what I can do on it. I fear this will mean installing visual studio though. Such sacrifices we must make.

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Mortal Kombat: Brawler gaming's quintessential gorefest

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It was called the package check.

I still have the T-shirt that came with my master system version of Mortal Kombat.

I might dig it and said console out tonight and have a bit of a retro gaming fest.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Re: "Mobile Friendly"

Oh that would be lovely.

Just imagine how fast pages would load without 8 megs of javascript to load or hideously large images that you don't actually care about.

I have to admit to browsing using elinks often just to get a nice clean, fast, web experience.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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As previously stated, she'd be staring.

Probably at them.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Re: profitability still seems a way off for YouTube as a whole.

I think that's more Uber's issue than Google's.

At least until the self-driving cars get out in force.

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

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Re: Um....who uses these things?

I can probably live without that cup, capacity is too small.

My tea mug holds over a pint and has Mr Greedy on it. Pretty hard to top that without some major engineering.

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Re: Um....who uses these things?

I've got nest running, a pebble, an old Nexus 7 hooked up as a voice interface and handydandy wall clock/news feed on the wall. I'm looking at getting echo when I can, now I hear it integrates with wemo.

I like the idea of living in Tony Stark's house and having my own Jarvis. What can I say, I'm a technophile.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Honest Question ... @jason 7 @thecowking

Really? Because I've been pushing the same install from HDD to HDD, to SSD as I've been playing and upgrading machines since launch.

The _Blizzard Launcher_ likes to be on the actual real HDD, but not the WoW install folder.

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Re: Honest Question ... @jason 7

World of Warcraft will happily install on any drive you want. You can even shove your install on a USB stick and move it around, just update the location in the launcher.

Not that your point isn't valid, just that your example was of something you can happily run from an external drive.

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Re: Bah.

Your pain, I feel it.

Drove past some new-build houses at the weekend, yellow brick ones. My mind said "chiselled sandstone"

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Re: Bookmarks.

Works on Linux too. If you don't want to always have to press alt, you can right click on the bar and select "menu bar" to show it all the time.

I wasn't aware there was another way to access bookmarks.

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Opera buys mobe friendly VPN app bods SurfEasy

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I assume the quotes around securely

Were to highlight your lack of https?

Because it'd be nice to have https here.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: Bloody hell

I was about to say the same thing. Though I'm not certain of Robert Dearheart's mortal status as of Raising Steam, I don't know that it's ever actually mentioned. However it was definitely her brother who was murdered on the tower.

Or on the ground by the tower depending on whether you take cause or effect as the actual murder.

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MARIO MOBES: Nintendo hooks up with DeNA, births NX gaming system

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Oh my word

I want this, I want it lots. I would _love_ to be able to play the Zelda games and the early Final Fantasy games on my phone or tablet with some kind of online save file.

For me, the touch screen controls don't give enough feedback for actual platformer gaming, but for RPGs, it'd be amazing.

I'd start looking for jobs with more of a commute to give me gaming time...

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: He'll be missed in my house

My teacher of the time had black hair with a silver streak. So some kind of negative of Susan, possibly from traversing the universes.

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He'll be missed in my house

I recently got round to rationalising the Pratchett books in my house and passing the spares on to the deserving. I didn't want to be greedy though, so I kept the books he signed for me as they're probably not worth as much as the pristine ones!

Today I was on a clearly very dusty train as my eyes started to moisten quite noticably as I read "The Colour Of Magic" on the way to the office.

I met him a few times and enjoyed that he took the time out to visit my school (for such was the place of our first meeting) and I always found him patient and amusing.

My first Pratchett was The Light Fantastic back in 1988 or so when I was really far too young to be reading them. Luckily no one told me so I kept on reading them.

A pint shall be raised to him tonight.

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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King Of Fighters!

KoF has long been a favourite of mine, even leading to Iori Yagami Cosplay in my younger, thinner, dyed hair days.

I never could afford a Neo Geo though, I had to go to the arcade for my fix.

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Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

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Three do Wifi calling

And have done for a while now.

Sadly the quality is not great, but it works for texting perfectly well. Of course when I want to send a text message to one of my friends I will probably do it using google hangouts or some similar service, so it's not amazingly useful for me, but it does work.

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Show me the money, America! It's time to learn how to pronounce 'Xiaomi'

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Tshee-ow Mee

Or that's as close in English phomemes as I can get. If you've watched anything about Bruce Lee, the Xiao is the same as in his nickname, Xiao long (little dragon)

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

Thecowking

Re: Back in the day

Blacksmithing in general is very fun and satisfying too.

I recommend it as a hobby for children of all ages. I am still looking for a house with an outbuilding remote enough that I can sling a forge and anvil in there without upsetting SWMBO.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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I think they drink in The Salisbury though, it's a lot closer for them and the food's better.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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Re: I think I'm going to like this

It's out on Linux.

I'm using it already, there's .deb .rpm available. It's nice and fast and _very_ reminiscent of older Opera, down to the default mouse gestures, which really pleased me. I'll be giving it a good testing the coming week or so.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Devil

Possibly the worst of M. Night thingummy's works. It's a film about the devil using lifts to kill people. Why? Because he is the devil.

When my friend now asks "What's the worst that could happen?" "Devil" is my response.

It was worse than Highlander: Source, worse than the Robocop TV movies and even worse than Battlefield Earth or Gigli.

It's even worse than Silent Hill. Or anything by Uwe Boll.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: Space is big, my brain just ain't

I thought we'd settled on the jelly baby as a unit of energy?

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

Thecowking

Re: the killer app that could've been

it does that.

The navigation was actually pretty good, but once the novelty wore off, I was still happier using another piece of tech to replace it.

Glass as is just wasn't good enough to displace anything else in my tech arsenal and not good enough at augmenting them to be worth a purchase.

I'm hopeful that the new one will be better, because the potential was certainly there.

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It was certainly not mature when I used it

The battery was poor, the camera was impossible to focus properly and the controls were a little clunky.

I can see it being better in the future though, it just didn't do anything that my pebble doesn't do to a level where it's really worthwhile using it.

If it launches faster, longer lasting and a little sharper image wise. I'd probably give it another punt, assuming the price came down. I was borrowing them before.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: There is plenty of both.... we just have to get over the..

Human poo is already used as fertiliser in the UK, most of it ends up on fields after treatment if I recall correctly from my days at United Utilities.

So there's no taboo, it's already been done. No one missed that we produce fertiliser, no there's not enough for all the fields, which is why we use artificial ones too.

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Trial of alleged Silk Road kingpin set to begin

Thecowking

Re: Longer....

For Japan it's confessions by innocents.

Not under duress, per se, but more because it's rude to say no to the police (to reduce a cultural bias so deep it's nearly genetic to a trite comment).

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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I'll add a third category

Nature documentaries.

The high definition content in the latest Attenborough series are simply breathtaking and definitely worth it.

I always buy them on Blu-ray now and if anything was to push me to 4k, it'd be those.

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Re: standard units

More to the point, why not Kelvin?

I know 273 isn't going to make much of a difference at these temps, but Kelvin are certainly what I used when I was studying Astrophyics.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Are Canonical still waiting for Intel to make x86 Phablets a "Thing"?

Ubuntu Touch was RTM a few months back. It's meant to be hitting the markets in the next month or so (well, so Meizu say).

Of course you can put it on a wide variety of devices yourself already. Oh and it definitely runs on ARM chips.

I don't actually like the UI, but I do follow the mailing list.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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Re: Prime was trumpeted as...

I will.

Give amazon their due, they do respond to those letters normally. However I'm writing one a month or so at the moment, which no amount of apologising can make up for.

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Re: Prime was trumpeted as...

This is the usual "We'll try and get it to you next day" which sometimes goes awry. That's fair enough.

This is "We're not actually going to even pretend to get you your stuff in the timescales you've paid for. We won't tell you either."

You _can't_ even choose actual next day delivery, so they've basically admitted that the service you've signed up to is not being delivered. Fie on the terms and conditions, they can write what they like in them, I don't care. It's all about what they sold, and they're no longer delivering on that.

I've not had an email saying "Sorry, this has happened" or even seen a notice when I placed an order. Nope, they've basically just removed the product I paid for.

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Re: Prime was trumpeted as...

Those terms and conditions don't mean much when they are not delivering what the headline feature of the product is.

They sold it as free next day delivery. Now it's three days for me to get a hat from them. I was planning on leaving when this period ran out anyway (the instant video is nearly worthless to me without it on Android tablets* or chromecast), this just made it certain.

Shame, I used to like Amazon.

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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Just another voice

Saying that the expansion is actually _really_ fun. I had cancelled my sub and not played for months at the end of MoP but I succumbed to the expansion on Saturday morning in a moment of weakness.

I am actually feeling like I want to play more again. I'm looking forward to raiding again. I am actually really liking the garrison mechanics and the perks it allows. Like a kind of external talent tree.

I'll be playing tonight as well, I've got my war mill and I'm questing in Nagrand for some tasty epics.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Clearly all they need to do

Is make a GUI in Visual Basic to trace the killer's IP in real time.

I saw it on the telly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkDD03yeLnU

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Is this the same as

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3322870/Gecko-lizards-inspire-Spiderman-gloves.html

Because it looks like it's 6 years later and pretty much what they said would be ready in 3 years.

Pretty fun stuff though, I expect it'll be useful on the ISS for tools and the like. And I personally would love that backing on posters.

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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Re: I mean, it's interesting and all, but...

Not posted under the science section?

Like all the other IT on this tech and science site.

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Pay-by-bonk chip lets hackers pop all your favourite phones

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I leave them all enabled because I use them.

Bluetooth is on when I leave my office so it pairs with my headphones.

NFC is combined with tasker to switch the state of my devices automagically when I put them down in different rooms. NFC stickers are pennies and it's an easy way to set your phone to a profile suitable for the room you're in

Wifi is always on because I'd rather use that radio than 3G because it's much lower latency for web.

3g is on because I can't always get Wifi.

Yes, there's a potential for attack in all these channels, no it doesn't bother me. There's risk in every activity, if you're aware of it and plan accordingly, there's no reason not to partake. I really love the capabilities of newer devices, I use them and they make a lot of things in my life a little easier, a little faster or a little more capable.

Sure it's not in everyone's risk appetite, but it is in mine. For me the pay off far outweighs the risk. Not everything is, I won't use a credit card in the US any more for example. (not until they get chip and pin at least)

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Italian appeal court clears seismologists of manslaughter

Thecowking

Re: So...

Are you trying to make a case against Michael Fish? :P

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Oh after some searching, apparently German and UK accounts won't stream to tablets. So that's very nice of them.

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It works on Tablets now? Is it US only? Because I've not been able to install it on a Nexus 7, or at least I couldn't two weeks ago when I complained about it to Amazon.

Just tried again and it installed on my Nexus 9 which is nice.

No videos work (this video is not available for this device), but it's slightly better. So while I briefly thought "Hurrah" now I'm back to hating Amazon.

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The note 2 is a phone, not a tablet (just :P ), amazon instant video works on phones, because they've accepted that no one wants the fire phone, but they still think people might want the kindle tablets. Thus it won't run on android tablets.

That, combined with the fact there's no way to unbundle the instant video from prime and you have to just suck up the extra cost is why I'm cancelling my prime account after many many years. Shame really, I liked the free postage and the next day delivery.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Lunacy

Except this is calling back to a larger computational engine for faster processing of the data. It's nothing to do with storing your personal data, excepting your phomemes.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

Thecowking

Re: Who wears a watch these days?

By the shadow of the horse, does he know the time.

By the passing of the birds, does he know the season.

By the passing of wind, does he know the last meal.

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Google's Nest partners up with utility company – on smart thermostats

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Re: Nest and Hive

I'd love a less interesting life like that.

Sadly I use the rail network to commute, so I really like my Nest.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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Re: For all the naysaying here

Played some full metal alchemist with the sound at max and it was awesome.

It's very impressive, though I would still prefer my Bluetooth speaker in general, it'd do well in a pinch.

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Re: For all the naysaying here

Don't know yet, it's a bit anti-social to try them out at my desk, but I'll give them a go when I get home.

I had one brief blast when I tried opening a game at lunch (it hadn't set the sound off then) and that sounded quite good, but it was only a couple of seconds before I muted it.

I plan to give netflix a whirl on it tonight.

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For all the naysaying here

I'm really enjoying my nexus 9 (arrived this morning) I've so far found it to be fast and fluid, though the initial patch when I turned it on was a bit annoying.

I'm definitely looking forward to having a good play with it when I get home. Thus far though, it's a nice upgrade to my nexus 7. I just need to upgrade my pockets now...

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