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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Re: If your not Asian, your opinion on this means nothing.

You mean Linux and Android with the Europe born OS?

Yeah, I do prefer them to Windows generally.

The advert is specifically Japanese though, it would raise eyebrows across vast swathes of Asia, especially Southern and South Eastern. Well, maybe not in the Phillipines. It'll work well in Japan and probably South Korea though. South Korea's weird about IE.

But hey, what do I know, I'm just a Brit who used to live in Beijing and happens to be ethnically Chinese. Not an American or Japanese.

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While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

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Would we really want a Britter? Do we want the UK to be known for that?

Though the name did rather write itself.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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Re: This is Disney

Didn't the kid in Up have parents?

I don't think we ever saw them, but I think they existed.

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Re: Re MJ & Karrde

Just because they've met in canon doesn't mean they can't do it again on the screen.

This is why there's novels for all movies so far.

True about the whole Palpatine thing, but she didn't have the nicest of childhoods. I could let them get away with living by her wits in a mean city instead of coming right out and saying training as a courtesan assassin with telepathic and telekinetic powers while simultaneously being imbued with deep loyalty conditioning.

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Unless they're going to abandon canon (as all Star Wars extended universe books are, by diktat of Lucas), this won't be the death of Luke.

Alternative theory:

They're the younger versions of Mara Jade and Talon Karrde to give them backstory for the films. Which would actually make sense.

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Chinese hacker bust drove crims underground says report

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Because the Snowden leaks have had such an impact on the NSA and GCHQ?

Governments don't care, they like spying.

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

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Re: SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and mankind ARE from CLAY

Then you're fully equipped to work, rest, and dare I say it even play.

I want a mars bar now. Or a Marathon/Snickers.

(Oddly I can't remember a single snickers advert, but that marathon one where all the runners appear and run over his car is still stuck in my head)

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Re: Life formed in clay?

I'd guess that it might happen, but some enterprising microbe would sense some delicious organic compounds and ingest them.

Amoebae, destroyers of nacent civilisations. (And incidentally protector of Rome at various points in time).

Conclusion, amoeba speak Latin.

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Re: SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and mankind ARE from CLAY

I'd say from clay is more accurate than made from clay in this context.

Humans are manifestly not made from various alumina or silicates, but are largely made of water and carbon and squidgy bits (technical term).

Like a farmer may be of the land but not made from actual cow shit (whether they talk it is a per farmer decision), life may be of clay but not made of it.

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It's the Shiz: Mutant RAT spotted gnawing at SAP apps

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Re: Occam's Razor

BBC.

Attenborough is the secret mastermind of the global elite. Which is why he's spent so much of his life travelling.

It all makes sense now!

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

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For reasons unknown to my conscious mind, I put anon on my last comment.

Still that looks very interesting, I've bookmarked it for christmas wish list perusal, thanks! :)

I would definitely like a remotely controlled house.

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

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Re: @ Schultz (was: Total, complete & utter bullshit.)

Mainly people like to read scientific evidence, not anecdotes which are a sentence of unverfiable data.

If you actually want people to listen to you, tell us what you did, how you did it, what your results were and how many times you did it. Then you can also explain why other people might observe something different to you, or why your methodology is better than theirs.

I can blithely say whatever I want, but unless I can back it up with some data, people are free to deride me as much as they want. They probably should.

For what it's worth I've seen this effect with water in ice cube trays, but I'm not willing to say it's evidence of anything because the trays are different materials and shapes. Though the cubes themselves are approximately the same size. Then again, anecdotes do not an experimental dataset make.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re: Haiku's well worth looking at...

Linux has been bootable from USB for a good long while now, I think Windows even manages it now.

No clue about OSX, but I wouldn't be surprised if they had that option for reinstalls.

I might try this haiku, I just got everything working on 13.10 last night so I need something to occupy me.

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'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'

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Re: change the world and toss off the devil.

I can only hope that my subconscious doesn't latch onto that image, or pizza will forever spell a night of terror.

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

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Re: What a bunch...

People with badges clearly have too much time on their hands.

Boring buggers.

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You've spent $1,500 on Glass. Now Google wants you to sell more specs

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Re: Maybe it's me...

I'd probably root it.

I do with all my other Google devices.

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Re: Maybe it's me...

No downvote here, but I can see a lot of use for a HUD that ties into my calendar, GPS and so on.

I wouldn't exactly want to take photos of everything, but I wouldn't say no to some overlays on streets and the like.

Perhaps a facial recognition program, some kind of stealth mode and stalker mode enabled on my friends in a paintball game...

Actually yes, Glass has the potential to make paintball _much_ more fun.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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I gave it a quick go

On my Ubuntu 12.04 machine, which isn't exactly a graphical workhorse and I had a few issues with the graphics lagging and tearing in a way that Mate doesn't at the moment.

Keyboard shortcuts refused to work too, which was the main reason I quickly logged back out and into Mate.

I do like the edge snapping though, it's one of the better features in Win 7 (using meta+arrow is quite nice) and while I'm sure KDE had it first, I've never been much of a fan of KDE. Still I like it enough that I think it'll go on my 13.10 install at home, where I've got the graphics card to power it.

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San Fran tech hub wants hookers and hackers for Halloween

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Re: "$10 all you can drink beer"

I'd not be hopeful that it'd be really beer.

Carbonated yellow fluid possibly.

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Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson battles bullfighting

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Do bulls count as sentient

I honestly can't remember what the definition is any more. I thought it was recognising yourself in a mirror, but that could be something different.

I might even have to google it.

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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I would pay money to watch that.

I mean I already have netflix, but if I didn't, this'd get me to get it:P

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

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Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?

In all fairness, you can start a sentence however you like, whether you like the style is up to you, but it's not unusual in less formal writing to start with "But", "However" or the like.

I'm quite partial to the Oxford comma too, it's certainly an established and accepted bit of punctuation.

My post probably fails to live up to so many of the rules we were taught as children too, but I rebut those rules thus: sod it.

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

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Re: Really hoping that this is a good comet

Hmm, if there was any chance of clear skies, I'd have a look tonight.

I have been meaning to try my new camera out.

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Really hoping that this is a good comet

And as stated above that the weather will cooperate. I really want to have a good reason to stand out in the cold with my telescope and look at it.

Her indoors can't object if it's a once in a lifetime comet instead of just Mars, which admittedly is always kicking around, or about to be. I still like looking at it though.

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Not so Saucy after all: Ubuntu reveals Mirless Salamander... and what, no Britney?

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Re: The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading

I have Cygwin, but it feels clunky when I use it.

It's not integrated into the OS in the same way, not sure if you can even get vim for it (You probably can, I don't know, I've never looked.

I'm not anti-windows, but it doesn't feel as nice as linux for me. So while there probably _is_ a way to do these things that I want to do while staying entirely in Windows, I don't really want to stay in Windows. As it is, I only use it for gaming anyway.

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Re: The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading

Windows 8 might be faster, I don't know, I tried it during the beta, sorry preview, and couldn't get on with it. It was too much effort to learn the new UI and there was no real pay off for me over 7.

I currently run Windows 7 for gaming, which does what it needs to admirably and I honestly have few real complaints about it. Just when I want to do something code related, I want to be in Linux for the tools I like there and so I need a reboot.

I'd like to not have to restart my machine just to have a command line where ls and grep work and I can use GCC and so on.

Mind you I was looking at a Lenovo yoga laptop, the touch screen might make 8 OK there. Probably still put Linux on it though.

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