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Bill Gates offers big bucks for better condoms

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Re: Philanthropy?

It's about diseases, including HIV.

Hope that clears it up for you.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

Brian Cox is a lecturer in Astrophysics.

I can't stand the guy, but he does know what he's talking about when it comes to space and the universe. He explains things well for those who have not spent most of their adult life studying astrophysics (I'm told).

And Stephen Fry was Jeeves, who as we know, knew everything.

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Boffin road trip! The Reg presents Geek's Guide to Britain

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Love JB

Spent many a hapy day there as a child and later as an astrophysics student.

The Lovell is awesome, if you can see it being repositioned, it's worth the trip alone. I did hear from people who did actual research there that you can walk under the "new" surface and along the old one under it.

Never done it, but if you guys can pull some press weight and get pictures...

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

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Re: Oh right, it's an RSS reader

Because it syncs across your devices, is minimal as can be and actually works really well.

I've spent some time trying out the alternatives yesterday but so far everything seems to think that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to a mobile phone screen, I'd rather have a scrolling list of headlines.

Feedly, I'm looking at you, that widget is awful.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Anything that means cheaper venison

Is good news in my eyes. I love venison.

More Bambi burgers for me ta!

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Google to offer 'same-day delivery' Amazon Prime killer - report

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Re: Once again

In the Co-op by Cambridge train station, there is an Amazon locker.

I get everything Primed to the office, but it's nice to know it's there if I needed it.

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Hey, media barons: The noughties called, they want their mobile tech back

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Re: grateful for small mercies

Beijing, 2007, the metro there had a series of screens on the walls of the tunnel which displayed animated advertisments through the windows of the trains.

I quite liked them, from a technical viewpoint, because they matched the image changing to the speed of the train, it was very clever stuff.

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Re: Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your PC and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?

Why don't you!

Ahh, that was a great show.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Love Swiftkey

It was the very first app I ever bought on Android and I use it every day.

It's extremely good, though mildly prudish and after two years or so of using it, I can't go back.

Just installed the upgrade and it's uncanny.

I'll stop gushing now.

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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

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Re: Accent

Yup, it's not a pretty sound, especially not when married to an accent from living in Beijing.

I dream of one day taking some elocution lessons so I can sound like I'm from Taiwan or something.

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Re: Accent

I hate my accent in Mandarin.

I sound like a cross between Mao and a Beijingren.

My missus thinks the fact I _cannot_ say a little without the rrrr at the end of dian is hilarious.

Completely apropos of nothing and not related to the article, but it got my rant out. Cathartic.

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Any storm in a port

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Spin 1/2 particles

I noted this earlier this year, USB plugs are clearly macro-quantum mechanical exhibitors of spin.

As spin half particles, they require 2 whole revolutions to be in the correct orientation.

This is why you can be wrong 75% of the time and it make perfect sense. It's also how you can rotate them through 180 degrees two or three times before getting it right.

Stand back! It's nearly real science!

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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Re: Installed ...

As a software tester, can I say that yes, yes there is. You can even get paid for it! I love my job.

I also can't get to comments on a nexus 4, JB 4.2.1

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'Broke' Estonian suspect pleads guilty to DNSChanger click fraud scam

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Took me a while to read that right

Kept reading Estonian as "Etonian".

Politics in the news must be warping my fragile little mind :p

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: Some people wonder

David Attenborough is popular with everyone I know.

I'd vote for him, for pretty much anything he stood for, if I could.

Even the population limiting thing sounds like a good idea when he says it. Especially if there's a meerkat on his head.

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Car dashboards get Nokia HERE without a phone in sight

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Re: where it's going

Google was a verb there, the imperative.

Mirrorlink is from the ccc.

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Re: where it's going

Google Mirrorlink, it's already there.

Well it's a standard to let you do that anyway, more mirroring display and piping sound. It's a VNC connection between a car and a phone.

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The Oric-1 is 30

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Fond memories

Well very early memories at any rate.

My father used to write games to teach me to read and do maths on the Oric, It even survived being put in action man's dinghy once.

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Long-delayed Fedora Linux 18 arrives at last

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Cinnamon is all very good

But as we know in Britain, if you want to add anything to a cow, it's horse that you should be looking for.

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Sleepy North Yorkshire village is first to get gov-subsidised BT fibre

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Re: Doomsday eh?

Would you accept a snow crash epidemic as a modern substitute?

Which is probably why they need the fibre.

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Re: Doomsday eh?

Wasn't that the Domesday book?

I'm pretty sure that this is the town where the end of the world will begin.

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Doomsday eh?

Mayan or Biblical?

How did they even hear of small Yorkshire settlements?

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Is this the sleek new BlackBerry mobe that will save RIM jobs?

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Or watch the video

On that obscure website, the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20087221

Looks like the same phone to me.

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Big Bang bashing boffins ‘Big Bounce’ back to BIRTH OF TIME

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Horizon!

That was it.

Honestly, I rarely watch TV so my memories of what programmes are called is... patchy to say the least.

Yes Horizon, I liked that episode. My girlfriend put it on iPlayer and for once I didn't spend the evening reading a book in front of the TV :)

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Re: Penrose's explanation of the end...

Maximum entropy is indistinguishable from zero entropy, if my extremely rusty memory is correct.

So yeah, odd things happen at extremes.

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Penrose's explanation of the end...

.. of the universe and the whole solution to heat death and the start of the universe* was on a... panorama I think? recently and as an astrophyicist by training I was just utterly gobsmacked.

It was so... elegant.

It's as close as I get to a religious experience and I am still getting tingles when I think about it. It's quite humbling when you realise the gap between intellects who can come up with these solutions and yourself.

Oh well, I just hope that the human race keeps churning out minds like his.

*as I understood it, and I could well be out of practice, the universe will eventually cool to absolute zero (or close enough that quantum fluctuations are the only accelerating things) at which point space and time will have no real meaning since there won't be anything to distinguish anything from anything else. At which point everywhere is basically nowhere and so could be treated as a singularity which could then explode.

I probably mangled that thoroughly after 10 years away from university and not doing physics, but I think that was the gist of it.

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P-P-P-Pick up our PENGUIN-POWERED Pi PIPER of Python

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http://code.google.com/edu/languages/google-python-class/

This, with the accompanying videos was how I learnt Python, and now I use it every day for my job. OK so it doesn't give you everything you'll ever need to know, but it definitely goes a long way beyond "hello world!"

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Disney plans three Lucasfilm flicks EVERY YEAR

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Quietly hopeful

The expanded universe has a plethora of great stories that would make good movies.

The NJA series alone would probably furnish us with a new trilogy of trilogies, and the later Yuuzhan Vong books would easily do the same.

The black hole as shield idea annoyed the helll out of me though.

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Google stealthily coalesces UK music cloud into being

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on Linux too

I'm currently synching my music on my Ubuntu box, so it's not just Windows and Mac.

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Humans becoming steadily STUPIDER, says brainiac boffin

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Trollface

I say that being able to spell privilege should be the first criterion of this privilege.

Also I love the idea that in a society of pure geniuses, we'd have all the factories and production lines stocked with people who would rapidly become incredibly bored and frustrated. And of course, it's all genetics that lead to crime, not social factors or education. Why is the government not funding phrenology research in this most vital of times?

I have to admit when I was at university I was young and I thought that breeding should be limited to the intelligent. I made two assumptions, 1) That this would be good for the world, 2) that it'd mean I got more sex.

I now disbelieve the first one and I know the second is false.

Oh to be young and dumb again.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Souse versus scrapple

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You can always make me an offal I can't refuse

And I will say it up front, the Souse has me drooling. I bet it's fair tasty.

Then again, I'm Chinese and as everyone knows, we'll eat _anything_.

I think the missus might have a few words to say to me if I started reducing offal in the kitchen though, she doesn't even let me have tripe steamed with ginger, honey and soy.

Bah! now I'm hungry!

(Also lamb's hearts are very easy to get in most super markets and roast up a treat)

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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Re: Now I hate Win 8 as much as the next man @AC 08:53

Interestingly I don't like Marmite either, it's the anti-beer.

On that note, roll on beer o' clock

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Linux

Now I hate Win 8 as much as the next man

But complaining that people can't open the start screen when you give them a keyboard which doesn't have an obvious windows key is silly.

I think the command key on a mac will act as a windows button but it's decidedly non-obvious.

Though as an ubuntu user, I feel the pain of the windows people, Unity is possibly worse than TIFKAM, I live in Gnome 2 still, and will do for as long as I can.

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Renault Clio IV and R-Link Android console hands-on preview

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You mean something like

this?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/27/realvnc_sony/

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Sacked British RIM staffers to get minimum legal payout

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Re: Singapore?

Singaporeans have exceptional English already lah, but the country itself is duller than a weekend in Bognor Regis.

Still, it's definitely worth a visit if you didn't spend most of your formative years hopping around SE Asia. (Malaysia,Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia: jungles Mountains, ruined temples, orangutans! Singapore... Oh look an electronics store.)

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Google hails hacks to WinPho 8 spoiler event

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Re: $100 Nexus?

If there's a nexus 10, I would be sorely tempted.

So very sorely.

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WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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Re: Silly Question...

Nothing, you don't lose experience, gold or even get repair costs (beyond those you'd get for being in any fight and not dying) when you PvP in WoW.

All you need to do is run from the graveyard, back to your body and you're good to go again.

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The word is

That someone found a way to get Martin Thunder ( http://www.wowwiki.com/Martin_Thunder ) on their character and used that to create the carnage.

@cave dweller

They were epic, not legendary. Quite fun though.

@mark 63, not really, it's not like it's a long way to run from the graveyard. Death in WoW, especially in PvP has next to no drawbacks, aside from a couple of minutes running back to your body.

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Democrat candidate attacked by GOP for being stabby assassin ORC

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How long? Not long.

I saw a guy do it in about 12 minutes last week.

He was using recruit a friend though (bonus levelling).

Just normally? A month, maybe 2, playing pretty casually, (no more than an hour at a go, perhaps 3 sessions in a weekend). It's nothing like a grind now. Which is good in some ways, but I did kinda like it the old way.

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Ten backpacks for tech-heads

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Re: Too low rating for swissgear

You're not wrong!

Tar for me for a blind fool, but my nexus 7 will fit in that pocket I keep my phone in. My timbers be shivered! How could I have not seen it until now?

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

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Re: challenge accepted

World Of Warcraft

Diablo 3

Diablo 2

Warcraft 3

Starcraft 2

Starcraft

you get the idea, Blizzard release everything on Mac and Windows. Which is great because on Mac it uses OpenGl rendering so it works a treat on Linux too.

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Swedish cops contain fermented herring menace

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Re: Sounds even worse than durian fruit

Durian is delicious, so delicious that I am actually scheduling my holiday next year to Malaysia to coincide with the Durian season.

God I love that fruit. The smell actually makes me hungry now.

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Emotional baggage

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Re: Bag Selection.

My Wenger bag has a chest strap but no waist strap.

It's not a great issue for me, though I appreciate the chest strap when I stop off to get some milk, beer, wine other heavy grocery on the way home.

My hiking rucksack has a waist strap, but it's a lot larger than my backpack.

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Re: I love my Wenger Backpack

I just realised I'm a Wenger backpack fanboi. Oh well.

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I love my Wenger Backpack

It does indeed only have one padded pocket, but it easily has room in the same space at the back for a laptop/tablet in a padded sleeve, kindle goes in the front, phone slips in the top pocket (some kind of ipod holder thing, just right for a phone and the rest of the pocket space is great for pens, leatherman etc). then there's the main compartment which easily has the space for a change of clothes and lunch, and my cables for my chargers handily stashed in the net pocket at the top. then there's another compartment with yet another phone pocket, pen space etc which handily holds my bike lock. And on top of all that I fit a bottle of water in the side. I still have a pocket at the very front free and another side pocket.

Love this bag so much. Used it on three continents for 6 years and while the rubber in the little bungee things on the side is dead, the rest of the bag is still working well if a little scuffed. Cost me £15 in Morgan years back and I can't replace it. Not even with the Wenger messenger back I picked up this year.

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Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

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Meanwhile, at the Blizzard stand

https://twitter.com/CM_Zarhym/status/230814711623602178/photo/1/large

Don't think it's working.

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Sony slides expose saucy Xperia slate

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Re: New Meaningful Register Units of Battery Capacity Needed

Oh it's a fine normal measurement, but we need some kind of reg measurement.

So standard light up santa hours, for example, or perhaps an equivalent such as "That's as much energy as eating X fruit pastilles per minute for Y hours" or the like.

Actually fruit pastilles per minute for so many hours sounds like an excellent unit of measurement.

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Indonesia in pre-Ramadan web porn blitz

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Re: Don't care.

Yeah, those fools being born in a country like that!

We should completely ignore their rights because they chose to be born in an islamic country. Clearly everyone in said country is 100% behind such actions.

Yup, gotta be the case, right?

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Oiling the big wheels that keep the Paralympics moving

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Re: "And relieve stress"

Ah I missed the alu bit.

Spend too long working with steel pipes and look where it gets you.

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Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts

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Re: So what does American spelling of LASER stand for then

And size of course.

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