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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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?

Thecowking

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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Thecowking

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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Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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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Thecowking

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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Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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'

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

Re: Maybe it's me...

I'd probably root it.

I do with all my other Google devices.

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Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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

Thecowking

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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Thecowking

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?

Thecowking

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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Thecowking

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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Thecowking

The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading

It's the kernel.

3.11 is supposedly much better for my AMD graphics card than earlier kernels, so I am hoping that this weekend will see me finally oust Windows from my PC and rely entirely on Linux for gaming.

Sadly for Canonical, I'll be running Mate, most likely. Still can't use Unity without getting annoyed by it.

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Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

Thecowking

Re: Too much realism is not a good thing

Couldn't agree more.

Heavy Rain became a chore within a couple of hours and was never played again. If I put a game in a machine, I expect to play a game. I don't expect to watch the computer play it.

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Thecowking

Re: Whoever devised quick time events

If they want to get off the stairs they need to press circle, circle, wait two beats, triangle, square, wait three beats, circle, wait a beat, cross.

If they get it wrong the stairs will sprout manacles and hold them down while they fade to black, then they'll respawn on the same stairs, except three QTEs ago.

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Android security relies on ZOMBIE CRYPTO, argues infosec pundit

Thecowking

George Lukas eh?

I assume he looked at the encryption, remembered the PRISM mess and shouted "It's a trap!"

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

Thecowking

Re: so... surely there must also be the opposite ?

Like "A Boy named Sue"?

Cash, ahead of the game as always.

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CERN releases retro 'Line Mode' browser

Thecowking

Re: Retro?

Quite, this reply is written in elinks, which I use just about every day.

I actually prefer the lack of adverts, (most) photos and videos distracting from the content of the sites I read.

Though for LOHAN articles, of course I open Firefox for the full experience, if you know what I mean.

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Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

Thecowking

Exactly

In uni we worked out that the "Light" and the crystal were probably a laser which supplied the energy to create the plasma and keep it hot.

The trigger activates the magnetic bottle, releases enough matter to become plasma which is then excited by the laser, electrons are diverted to one end of the bottle and possibly allowed to escape, where they interact with the atmosphere (creating the hiss-crackle as the blade is extended). The energy and mass lost when the blade interacts with the environment is why the laser has to be kept on and the blade continues to crackle as it's used.

Might have been a sad git at uni. Probably still am.

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Lip-wobbling boffins: Eating Chinese food is like kissing a vibrator

Thecowking

For all the chilli jokes

Sichuan peppers are more like small peppercorns than chillies, they are not capsicum based and don't produce the burning sensation of chillies.

They've got a sensation described in Mandarin as "mah", as opposed to chillies which are "lah". You often mix the two in Sichuan food.

Oh and they're not phallic in any way, they're small, slightly spiky red/brown spheres about 1-2 mm across. You can happily use them and then touch any other part of your body you care to mention, they're used dried and don't produce much oil.

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Kindle Matchbook offers cheap digital copies of Amazon print purchases

Thecowking

I just wonder if it'll ever make it over the pond.

I'm still waiting to be able to lend my kindle books and maybe get some of that lovefilm like prime movies with my prime account.

Still, here's hoping.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

Thecowking

Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet

I disagree, hotel chocolat is definitely up there, and British to boot.

*stares patriotically into the distance while eating a 100% cocoa single plantation bar slowly.*

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South Carolina couple cop cuffing for shed shag

Thecowking

Re: For an American... (@ Thecowking)

I don't hate bread, just bread with royals.

Bread's best with the proletariat and a nice chablis.

Of course for middle classes you have to change that to couscous and a pinot grigio.

(The correct wine for royalty is buckfast.)

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Thecowking

Re: For an American...

I prefer my royals over rice.

I'm not a huge fan of bread and monarchy.

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

Thecowking

I would pay good money to see Ellison, Ballmer, Brin and Page on the Mrs Merton show, having a heated debate.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

Thecowking

Re: The Skype android client (MS funding)

I didn't mean Skype would lose funding, only that its Linux client would.

At which point I'll probably move to finch as my client and abandon all pretense at using GUIs.

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Thecowking

Re: The Skype android client

Actually the Linux client is really quite nice.

They've done the minimum of work on it, so it's got a small, functional GUI and it has been running on my desktop for about 3 weeks now without a break.

I assume MS cut all funding for it so it'll eventually die due to some protocol change, but for now it's actually the best IM client I've got.

The Windows one is pretty dire though. Lots of cruft like glueing chat windows to the online list (which you can disable thankfully) and hiding who's online in group chats in some awful little hidden panel, which only holds 4 names per page and you can't order them.

Still better than the Android client though.

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Thecowking

The Skype android client

Is marginally worse than just shouting and hoping someone will hear you.

It likes to randomly disconnect, without changing its status in the notifications. It likes to not send messages, keeping them for a while so as to better make you look like a prat when the same message fills the screen three times.

It likes to display other peoples' messages to you only when you actually check, defeating the whole point of notifications.

Trying to leave a conversation to go back to your list of conversations doesn't work. So you hit the back button, which does work, but that also can drop you to the homescreen, so you need to re-enter the application to enter any other conversation.

The new "tablet mode" is unusable on a tablet, assuming you like seeing what other people write to you. Or what you've written.

Not totally germane to the subject, but that application fills me with rage.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

Thecowking

Re: "in the next several weeks,"

Closely followed by "Up to several weeks."

So somewhere between zero and an indeterminate number?

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Thecowking

A Nook's a cheap android e-ink touchscreen with a micro SD card slot.

You can even put the play store on there with a little tinkering.

Me, buy toys like that just to muck around with?

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

Thecowking

Re: voice of reason

Firefox OS?

I mean it basically is a browser, and any "apps" for it should run on pretty much anything that can handle HTML 5.

Sort of going in the right direction for you.

Personally I often prefer applications when they go beyond what the browser alone does, like notifications or a different UI more suited for the mobile (like an RSS reader with slide out lists from the side and so on).

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Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password

Thecowking
Coat

So when they fix this...

Will it be throne clear of attack?

Mine's the one with the book of shamefully bad puns.

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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

Thecowking
Happy

"It's almost like these rich geeks feel it is their purpose in life to make bad sci-fi concepts reality."

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Shadowrun implants next please.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

Thecowking

Re: Crowley's Bentley

Good Omens reference, but at least it's not Dick Turpin.

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China's army releases FPS trainer game

Thecowking

Re: Sounds like fun

America's Army gets its own knock off, nice.

11 years later, but still, it's definitely flattering.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

Thecowking

Re: "unless someone has their phone out"

Here in Cambridge, I don't see any.

Though I still see a fair number of old Blackberries around too. In the pubs it's all android here, the odd iphone. Reverse that for the coffee shops and locations closer to the uni.

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