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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Re: Computers don't need to go to the toilet?

Much like a toddler, a computer doesn't go to the toilet - it just shits itself where it is.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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Re: Great attempt at explaining the unexplainable

More than Once.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Never ran into paracetamol.

"You have a bad chair, you might as well lie on the floor and have your kids use your back as a judo practice target. Nothing better than getting a chair configured to fit correctly."

Odd, when my back acts up, that is how I get relief, having the (small) children jump on it and use it as a judo(-ish) practice target.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: An Old Favorite

Carpe Puellae

Or

Carpe Pecunium

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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Re: Curious about the dogs

As I recall, Drugs dogs do well opposed to bomb dogs because the dogs are actually addicted to the drug(s) they are sniffing for. This is why they have a short working life.

I'm guessing the cancer detection came up as part of Canis Lupis to help them ID the sick prey, and also avoid the possibly dangerous bits.

The bomb-sniffing just doesn't have the evolutionary edge that cancer has, or the motivation of needing their next fix that drug-sniffing has. All it has going for it is the "nose thing".

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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"Sickening and Obscene" button in Instagram

I thought all of the images on Instagram were "Sickening and Obscene", no button needed - Just a decent eye for photographic quality and a sensitive stomach. I find Instagram in general to be a perversion of photography.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Re: and this is why...

"Latin's a dead language

Dead as dead can be.

First it killed the Romans

And now it's killing me."

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Well, That's AUS off the list

Is there ANY decent technological country where English is a primary/common language that isn't going down the shitter; preferably with a coffee-drinking culture? I'm looking for where to go in 5-10 years. Switzerland looks promising, but the cost of living seems a tad high.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...(@Ivan 4)

Really? I was thinking it was Claire Perry.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Having once dealt with Comcast

I can believe this. They were loathe to let me cancel my 'service' two weeks after signing up, apparently "It doesn't work, never has, and your engineers never showed up to fix it" wasn't quite a good enough reason to cancel.

Then they tried to bill me $500 for the Engineer Callout.

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Oracle: You wanted SQL on Hadoop? How about SQL on Hadoop and SQL ON NOSQL?

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It is tempting to use a proper SQL language

...When do you think Oracle will implement one?

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Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations

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Clean, simple troll

The material is trite, but highly emotive

I give this troll 8/10 : Minus one for spelling, punctuation and grammar (too correct), and minus one for lack of swearing.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Plastic cases

I remember a trend about five to ten years back, where a lot of personal computing goods were being made with bamboo casings. I rather liked that trend, but I guess the bamboo didn't hold up to the constant handling, or the economy of forming metal/plastic is much better than the economy of forming wood/bamboo.

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Flaw in Google's Dropcam sees it turned into SPYCAM

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Stating the Obvious

"If someone has physical access, it's pretty much game over,"

-Maxim of Computer Security since Time Immemorial (the 1960's)

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Re: Shmoptional

But that is only one star, and space contains many. Surely it is SP****CE, or as we don't know how many: SP(*+)CE.

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World Meteorological Organization says climate data is uncool

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The colonies ! = whole planet.

LIES! As the most important country in the world, and the only one that counts we ARE the only country on the Planet! </sarc>

Altho being on the inside it does feel like the US considers itself the only country on the planet, and all other Sovereign States are merely extensions of the US.

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

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Meh

I can see the good things about this, mainly being that it will be easier to get a child's temp from a pacifier. I usually used ear-canal thermometers on the sprogs, as they can (sometimes) get the temp before the wee spawn wriggle lose. I can also see it being useful for an illness to track the temp, to know when the antipyretic has kicked in.

I can also see overly nervous parents using this obsessively and neurotically to constantly monitor for "early signs of illness" and driving themselves insane with worry over every quarter-degree variation. (factoid: A fever of up to 39.5C/103F will not do lasting damage, and is only doing its job. Above that is when it's time to worry).

The "find me" feature is a beautiful idea.

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Re: Well Kirstin...

I wouldn't think that it qualifies as HIPAA data being just a time/temperature, as it will measure the temp of your tea (see comments above) as well as the baby.

If it were programmable to the point where it had the child's name, or any personal Identifier, it may cross into HIPAA territory.

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

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A nomination for Quote of The Week

"[D]iverting money is normal Government business." - One of the only clear and true things to come out of a politician.

Yes, I know, taken out of context and all; but still a beautiful soundbite.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: Sahara etc

I'm pretty sure the karst landscape of the Burren is an artifact of glaciation. It would be ...difficult... to justify calling the last (much less any previous) ice age man-made.

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Cyber-Senate's cyber-security cyber-law cyber-scares cyber-rights cyber-fighters

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Re: Hopeless

"Your just a number in the system."

...Until you're not.

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Re: Yet more unconstitutional remedies to unconstitutional treatment

The Federal Gov't is a state (as in "a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government."). So that amendment should still apply.

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Google buys shagadelic playlist biz Songza

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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Web moguls ask YOU to stump up big money to STOP big money from winning in Washington

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Re: Farcical and so /very/ dated!

Why the joke alert icon?

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Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

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Re: Monopoly?

"Thirdly they were not rapped on the knuckles, sanctioned or fined for driving business to their other entities, an investigation took place but Google agreed to make changes during that investigation to ensure there would be no implication of illegal activities."

I think having to reform your business to not be illegal, or risk being found to be illegal, counts as a rap on the knuckles.

The key here is that a "Dominant position" counts as a monopoly position. MS was considered a monopoly with Windows. Apple existed, as did Linux, but Windows was the dominant player. When they used that dominant position to drive their browser business, they got into trouble.

Google was a dominant, but not sole, player in search, and still faced anti-trust issues.

I hope that it won't become an anti-trust issue, but with Google, any new web product/service could become an anti-trust issue, because they do have a dominant position in search, and most people find a web product or service via Google.

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Re: Monopoly?

Well, it could be a monopoly issue if they use their "dominant position in search to drive business to their (Domain Registration|Travel|Shopping|Mapping) site, discriminating against competitors". As they have been rapped on the knuckles for 3 of the preceding, the OP raises a valid point.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

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Would it take much effort to track altitude? I doubt you'll find many joggers' cell phones at 3+ meters above ground, and not too many drones below.

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MIT boffins build 36 core processor with data-traffic smarts

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Re: NUMA

I really want a 36 core chip.

But then I would want a dual- or quad-capable Motherboard. (Octo-capable would be, perhaps, a bit much to ask.)

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POTUS promises Trans Pacific Partnership text

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Re: Why wait until mid November?

Because elections are held November 11th. So the "promise" to share the text mid-Nov (a week after the elections) can be interpreted as either:

a) "We know that this will piss people off, but don't want to lose the votes; but we think the secrecy concerns could also lose votes. So we are removing the stigma of secrecy, without revealing the piss-people-off parts until after they've voted."

b) "We'll show it after the elections, when the proles will be tired of electioneering and fed up with politics and no-one will care, or listen to the few that do."

And/Or

c) "We'll 'promise' to show the documentation after the elections, so we won't lose votes when we don't."

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Made with Code*

A website that showcases *stuff* made with code.. The Pirate Bay?

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Re: Encouragement?

I thought everyone liked my fedora....

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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Re: sorry but....

Why on earth would you fancy "a change of bean" from a good Brazilian (the Brazilian Yellow Bourbon is an amazing bean) to Starbucks? If you want a change of pace, just detour a trip through Costa Rica and grab some of their coffee, or for a completely different bean, try some Balinese.

...Or just get what ever beans, douse 'em in Napthaline and light it. Still better (and cheaper) than Starbucks.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

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Re: Gmail is out

The OP was asking for tips about search that is as good as Google, which discounts Bing, and is not Google, which discounts Yahoo!.

DuckDuckGo, is a good suggestions, and I have heard good things about Ixquick, but they may count as Google, as they are a meta-search.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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instead of "Clingy Girlfriend"

He could have just used "My Ex" and left it at that.

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'SURPRISE!' Amazon teleports cloud tech into VMware data centers, slurps cash

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Re: Brilliant move

These "fluid moves" occur only in fiction novels

..Or after a cheap curry.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

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clicky-ba?

..Yeah, that could do it.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

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BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

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Obligitory Pratchett

"Note for Americans and other aliens: Milton Keynes is a new city

approximately halfway between London and Birmingham. It was built to be

modern, efficient, healthy, and, all in all, a pleasant place to live.

Many Britons find this amusing."

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Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

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Re: Two words Zuk;

How about two words and a letter?

Arkell v Pressdram

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

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The SneakerNet of Things?

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Re: Software house employees here, clearly...

..Or people who abhor redundancy and senseless name calling.

Your posts also conjure memories (trigger flashbacks) to Eadon's rants with their cries of "Sheeple!" and hollow, repetitive abuse.

In short: 3/10, Must troll harder.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Beats headphones?

I had a similar experience with Koss KSC75s. Imagine my shock when looking for a "good" set of cans when I found them on head-fi.org, and they were comparable to 'phones that cost > $300 more.

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Re: I am sticking with Sennheiser and Walkman

For a walkman or other portable, without a headphone amp, I'll stick with my Koss KSC75s.

Although, I wouldn't say no if someone offered me a set of Sennheisers or Grados, I'd just get (or build) a small amp for 'em.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Re: "....who wants a liver"

I'll bring the fava beans.

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Boffins say hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

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Also in electronics, you can tell weather (sorry) it is a positive, or negative feedback loop. In climate, it's a bit tricky.

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

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What I find offensive

Is that there was a last minute (post-release even) requirements change, and it did not go through proper change control or validation.

If I get a sudden change of requirement after (or even shortly before) a Release to Production, my answer will be the same :"No." I don't care if it's a color change on a widget, or changing all of the calculations to base-9. The implementation is a small part. Testing, analysis and all the other gubbins of writing a decent project would have to be re-accomplished.

I will NOT allow bugs to be shipped in my code because someone decided last-minute to throw a fit.

If I'm feeling nice, and the request was made politely, I may agree to try to work it into an update, or if it's a fundamental change, in the next release; which is what Nintendo have said.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Re: Zip Disks!

Oh, the memories of the 2940. That was a solid card, and not scuzzy at all. I had mine hooked to a 44MB Bernoulli drive and a 4GB full-height SCSI hard-drive that had its own heat sink. I remember that after about a month the heat sink had blued from the head of the drive, I probably should have added a fan...

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Re: "Side A plays from the inside out"

Thank you. I've been wanting to transcribe my vinyl for a time, but Audacity was not being nice to me. That little nugget will help immensely.

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Apple: We'll tell users when the Feds come looking for their data

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Re: Scope?

Very good catch.

So police investigations, with warrants are somewhat limited for privacy's sake, and that's a good thing. It should be difficult to probe somebody's phone and get all of their info. But warrant-less, NSA-style hoovering of info, which is the really scary stuff, that is as yet un-addressed.

It's a start, I guess.

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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@J.R.Hartley:

Oww! those buzzwords hurt. Although, I think I may have a use for "Organic user-facing info-mediaries" in the near future.. mainly next time I have to deal with a Hell Desk.

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