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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

Thecowking

Exactly my thought. The facebook messenger is a horrible thing on the website and much worse in the mobile app. I can't wait to be able to ignore it even more plausibly.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

Thecowking

Re: Which will be the next flash in the pan billion dollar IPO?

I pray they never work out how to get money from 2048.

If they do, I'm lost.

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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Sure it's easier than digging a tunnel

but is it art?

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

Thecowking

Re: EOF

As you wish.

You're thinking of the Latin "ante" as in antechamber, the a in am and "upping the ante".

Anti means opposed to, which is Greek.

Edit: gah too slow

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

Thecowking

Re: Wow, RealPlayer.

Realplayer, oh dear me.

I remember rmvb being the only format that vlc wouldn't play out of the box. I don't know if it's still true because like the dodo, the format is dead.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

Thecowking

Re: Get off my lawn!

Before I was sentient I think.

So sometime pre-1985.

I'm calling it an established term.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

Thecowking

Re: The long drawn out tea-time of the soul

I don't follow why using all the "energy" for want of a better term would lead to the universe disappearing. I assume you're thinking of a halt to expansion and then a big crunch?

Current evidence suggests that we're accellerating, not slowing down, so no crunch in our future.

Penrose has a nice idea about heat death and minimal entropy being indistinguishable from maximal entropy that I find quite satisfying, I can tell you that we can probably work out when the heat death of the universe will occur.

I have no clue why you think energy and space/time are interchangable. I am sure I don't remember anything about that. Energy/matter can affect space/time, but the one isn't the other.

In other words, do you have a real hypothesis here or are you just trying to put a different spin on something you don't understand well enough?

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Wireless charging standards war could be over 'as soon as 2015'

Thecowking

Re: Oh please...

It's definitely not slow charging, my nexus 4 charges as fast at least on the Zens pad by my bed as it ever did on a cable/wallwart.

A Qi charger shouldn't have any issues keeping a phone topped off with the screen on, though I have seen some handsets drop charge while plugged in if they're thrashing the radios and CPU and screen, so it could still discharge slowly even while being charged on QI I suspect (but what I saw was on some benchmarking so probably not real world scenario).

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Excellent stuff

More of this kind of thing!

Better than the year of code, the year of 'splode!

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

Thecowking

I actually want in on that.

My contribution, Spong can pitch shift your voice message past 21KHz so oldies can't hear it and overlay it on the song bit.

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Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

Thecowking

If it's rootable

And it has USB OTG (unlikely, but I can hope), it's suddenly my new raspberry pi replacement, with an integrated screen, built in Wifi and it's own little UPS in the form of that battery.

Ok I'm assuming a fair bit with the OTG, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility. It'd make a lovely little hack project for me at that price point.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

Thecowking

As another Linux user, I can tell you they're video streaming services. It's not like you can't run Netflix in Linux.

https://launchpad.net/~ehoover/+archive/compholio/

You can even get Lovefilm in there too, it's a little wine container that lets silverlight run. Works pretty well.

I'm assuming you were being a facetious troll, but it might help others who would like to use these services. (I use Netflix far too much).

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

Thecowking

Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward

If Apple or Google had started shipping phones which plugged into a dock and became desktops, he would have had a point.

Saying that devices of the future will have better processors and RAM isn't exactly clear evidence that people are copying him. It's like the above example of storage space, exactly like that.

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

Thecowking

My best spam

Was a rather enchanting little piece to my work email address imploring me to buy an oscilloscope.

I'm guessing that because I downloaded some BSPs they think I actually do hardware. Mind you I've never been so tempted by spam. I mean I don't _need_ an oscilloscope, but it's something you can imagine always being handy.

*goes to dig out the mail and see if there were any good oscilloscopes in there*

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El Reg talks beer and binaries with a boffin named Boffin

Thecowking
Happy

The icons are still here.

And salut to a fellow astroboffin!

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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

Thecowking

Re: Good grief

I think the equivalent of 3D-TV in the phone world was actually 3D phones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3D-enabled_mobile_phones

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

Thecowking

Re: I'm obviously missing something...

For the sake of sanity, I'll assume you're serious.

A ram raid is when someone uses a vehicle to break into premises to steal something.

In this case the author has cleverly used the non-existence of said ram raids for the article in question (type-writers) to mock the squirrelling away of many of these articles instead of, for example, putting them in the bin or some other central location. (like a skip, tip, charity shop or E-bay)

I assume the word notorious was used to highlight the utter non-existence of type-writer theft or associated coverage.

I think that's pretty much killed that joke. Sorry Mr Dabbs.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

Thecowking

Re: I still love XP..

http://how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_watch_Netflix_%28Watch_Instantly%29_in_Linux

It's possible to use Netflix in Linux, I find that it's slightly laggier and sometimes there's a touch of artefacting, but it's definitely watchable.

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UK libraries trial free access to scientific research

Thecowking

Re: Indeed.

Quite.

I use my library regularly to borrow books, but I've never been there in person. I am not certain why these papers should be limited to a physical presense when a book isn't.

That said, if I wanted to really read a physics paper, I'd probably want to be in a library where it's nice and quiet. I'd like the choice though.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

Thecowking

Re: Potty time dilema

My winner at home is New Scientist.

Articles of every length from all lentil diet to intensive session and you might learn something (vanishingly unlikely given it's pop science all the way, but entertainingly so).

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

Thecowking

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

But seriously, Buzzfelch?

Arse kissers.

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

Thecowking

Re: "Handy" - WTF

In Malaysia and Singapore, mobile phones (cell phones to our cousins across the pond) are called handphones.

I presume it's a similar thing in Germany, only abbreviated.

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Thecowking

It's doubly bad because it's a suffix.

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Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins

Thecowking

Re: Volcanic plug

5km/s on Mars iirc.

I suppose it's even a little easier if you did it from the top of Olympus. I don't think Olympus is that dense, I could well be wrong though. One course on "the Solar system" 13 years ago at uni isn't a lot to go on.

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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

Thecowking

Re: Oh boy.

You don't need a degree in "Quantum physics" to understand it.

I don't think any one really understands it.

I can do the maths, but that's not the same as understanding it.

QM is just _weird_

Edit: My reply used to make sense, until the mods collapsed the waveform of some previous posts and it turned out that they were dead after all.

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Philippine govt to hacktivists: Please don't hit your shiny new site

Thecowking

The Philippines

Are home to the best named terrorist organisation in the world.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The headlines from SE Asia often carry news of MILF attacks (and more recently talks, good news all round) and sometimes a MILF army gets a mention.

Sabah's incursion was by the troops of the Sultan of Sulu too. Scotty was too busy talking to Alex Salmond to join in.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

Thecowking

Re: New Linux based mobile OS.

They kinda did with Meego/Maemo.

Then they gave it up for Windows phone.

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

Thecowking

Re: How many Directors

Are these bear hands the ones at the end of the bear arms that Americans have a right to?

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

Thecowking

Re: I want one

I tried to get a surface with the academic offer, it was like getting blood from a stone, eventually I gave up.

Shame really, because the RT was something I wanted, it actually feels like a nice piece of kit in the hand. I just didn't want it enough to pay the full price for it, but I might pick one up on ebay at some point.

As a tablet UI though, I prefer Android partly because I'm used to it, partly because I can hack the crap out of it :P

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Thecowking

That's just El reg's little way.

if you can't work apple in to a headline, they don't like reporting on it.

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Thecowking

I want one

I can see a lot of use for something that, for example, let me read a website while streaming a video at the same time, or let me chat and have a comic open on the same device.

Two years ago I couldn't see the need for a tablet (check my posting history, it's true). Then I got a nexus 7. Then a Nexus 10, now I can really see that the extra screen and the multiwindow support would be awesome for my usecase. As it stands I'm often sitting on a bus with nexus 7 in one hand watching a film/tv series/anime and my nexus 4 in the other chatting to some people.

I'd _love_ to have them both in the one device.

Ok, it's not for everyone, I can see that.I've been resisting Samsung devices (well nexus 10 aside), because I like the stock android ui too much. This however has the screen size to let me actually use it with a couple of reasonable sized applications so I can forgive the rest of the Samsung ui (which I generally hate, the app drawer and the settings screens especially. Not keen on Odin either)

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

Thecowking

Re: Next food attack:

Monty Python had a similar scenario with blancmanges.

In the final at Wimbledon no less.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Thecowking
Terminator

Re: I can see it now...

I told her to come with me if she wanted to live...

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

Thecowking

Re: Who cares what a PC box looks like?

For a long time I have been... not a great fan of Apple, but this design is truly different.

With the heat vented upwards, I can rest my tea on top of the round base and it will be kept warm . If I invert it, I can probably keep beer cool. It's _genius_.

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

Thecowking

Wow

First controlled lunar landing in my lifetime and the comments pages are full of petty racism.

Really? They did what no one else has had the gumption or ability (or both) to do in over 40 years and people decide it's all a cheat or worthless because they're not white? Or time for some good old racial stereotyping, I mean after all it's not like the Chinese have any track record in innovation over the last six millenia is it?

I can't decide if it's just jealousy or plain bigotry. I'm normally pretty thick skinned, I've made my share of dentist time jokes, but this is a truly remarkable achievement and it's being mocked simply because it wasn't the West that did it.

I'm going to get a lot of downvotes for being a sanctimonious prick (probably true), but this event deserved more than some back handed compliments and petty racism.

For shame.

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Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE

Thecowking

Ketchup?

What blasphemy is this?

HP or it's an abomination, also black pudding, where's that?

I much prefer HP's sauces to their computers, you can take the lid off and they're truly open sauce.

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

Thecowking

The real message here

is that sitting down at a gig where poeple aren't singing in a foreign language and pretending to be telling a story is a bad idea.

Standing or it's not worth it ta.

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You have a Skype voicemail. PSYCHE! It's just some fiendish Trojan-flinging spam

Thecowking

Mine are all whatsapp messages.

At least my Guild Wars 2 account isn't be sold now. It'd be such a shame to have it banned before I even bought it.

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Samsung hauls in chiefs for 'CRISIS awareness' confab – report

Thecowking

So many Anonymous Cowards

To see every single comment as AC, that is unusual.

I'd post AC too but I can't be bothered. The S4 is like the iphone 5S and the Nexus 5, slightly better than their predecessors, but not really enough to make the average person care.

Sure they're all nice phones, but hold them next to what they replace and you're hard pushed to find much to care about.

We're definitely in an incremental increase phase for mobile phones at the moment.

(Not commenting on the Win Phone and Blackberries because I've not used either enough to get a proper feel for them)

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

Thecowking

Re: Pedant alert

Having now seen the show, was El Reg in on it?

Baker could well be the ultimate Doctor now. He's certainly the once and future Doctor already

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SuperStride Me: Reg man attempts to walk off GIANT CURRY

Thecowking

Re: 2kg in 4 days?

As a Malaysian by descent, let me assure you that a laksa, properly spiced, can produce that kind of weight loss in a day quite easily.

You'd be amazed at what it shakes free.

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Men have LARGE APPENDAGES, are OXYGEN THIEVES: Science

Thecowking

User who's added to sudoers, but I'm running this in user mode.

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'FELSIC materials' find on MARS could rewrite Red Planet's history

Thecowking

Re: "lacks plat techtonics"

Plus there's that old Olympus to show that there might possibly have been volcanoes on Mars, indeed might still be.

It's quite large.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

Thecowking

Re: "Blue light of death" is boring...

As long as that's all they insert.

fnar fnar

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LOOK UP! Comet ISON could EXPLODE in our skies – astronomers

Thecowking

I predict

Heavy clouds and a lack of visibility in the British Isles until this comet expires.

We wouldn't want to be able to see an astronomical event would we? Oh no, we're British which is why my telescope sits sadly in a corner while the rain and clouds cover any and all interesting things that might happen in the skies.

Bitter? Me?

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

Thecowking

Re: The Forgotten Doctor

Probably because Cushing played a human called Doctor Who, but not The Doctor, a Gallifreyan Time Lord.

He's not the same character, but is a character _based_ on the character of The Doctor.

I only learnt that reading the comments in this series of articles.

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El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles

Thecowking

It's all in foreign.

I tried retyping the URL slowly and in caps and it's still in foreign.

I think that's the standard British translation protocol, right?

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

Thecowking

Re: it only does everything

Same here.

My PS3 streams from my media server, it pulls Netflix, it plays my DVDs and blu-rays.

I hear tell it even can play games, but in the last few years I've not really had a chance to test that :p

I would have loved a PS4 if it did everything the PS3 did, but with a better UI and faster.

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Singaporeans THANK government for BANNING IaaS site

Thecowking

Re: Hypocrasy

Sheep in Singapore?

Or did you miss that reference? I certainly don't remember sheep outside a curry in Singapore. Not common even there. Well unless you go to little India.

There was a food court near Clark Quay that did decent curry, but that was back in the 90s, don't even know if it's still there.

If you follow Singaporean social media though, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone calling the gov't nice things there. I suspect that it's probably been put together as a PR campaign by a horribly misinformed government PR machine.

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Sail HO! Look out Bay Area - it's the GOOGLE GALLEON

Thecowking

Silly people

Baal is a Goa'uld with the greatest bad-guy accent ever.

As I recall he did build a business empire on Earth once, or a clone of him did. What happens when you tell Google to Kree?

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