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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

The Grump
Joke

Hmmmm...

I wonder if a cell phone l-ion battery could intentionly be set to overload and explode. A second wrong PIN attempt, and suddenly "This phone will self-destruct in 5...4...3...2...1...".

Or a small thermite charge...or a cyanide laced spike and would pop out of the phone and kill the person holding it. Oh my, this IS fun. Gotta think up some more ways to stop cell phone thieves.

Joke icon, because it is a joke... or is it ? [insert evil laugh]

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

The Grump
Windows

Doesn't mean bollocks to me...

I live so far away from any town or city, no Uber or Lyft driver would drive me home. These services are for mostly city folk.

Yawn...Bring on the next BOFH story. Icon to show old guy, eyes glazing over from boredom, falls asleep on keyboardzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

The Grump
FAIL

I call BS on these anon-tards

If they REALLY had the name of the officer, don't you think that they would be shopping that information around to all the tabloids, to see which tabloid would offer the highest price ? I know I would.

Anonymoose is just bluffing - yeah, they can take down computers, but they know as much about the officer who shot the kid as I do - zilch. BS called.

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

The Grump
Mushroom

He can STAY there for all I care

That commie loving piece o crap Snowden is right where he belongs. The US clearly cannot trust him. No sane country on Earth would trust him (Russia included). Snowden is a traitor - truly the modern version of a "man without a country". Let him rot in his adopted "worker's paradise" while, ironically, his handlers keep a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year watch over every little thing he does. Even his bathroom is monitored.

For a guy with a bug up his butt about freedom from government intrusion, he REALLY picked the wrong country to adopt. Snowden is the runner-up ULTIMATE LOSER. (Sorry Eddie, Obama holds that title for life. You only screwed up twice - being a traitor, and picking Russia to live in).

Have a nice day !

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

The Grump
Stop

Large volumes of air act like liquids. You can produce a water "tornado" anytime you want - just drain the bathtub and watch the drain. If they really want to test this idea, construct a model in a water tank. The water will find a way either around or over the barriers. This may cause unexpected consequences when entirely new weather systems form because of the barriers. Messing with a chaotic system like global air currents should be attempted VERY carefully. Oklahoma has been plagued with earthquakes since fracking began there. It turns out that messing with a chaotic geological system should also be attempted very carefully. And there is no telling if the damage to the Oklahoma geology can be reversed or fixed. Remember that before you go playing with global air currents.

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FAA shoots down delivery by drone plans

The Grump
Black Helicopters

The real reason the FAA banned drones...

is because Amazon DARED to go ahead with this plan before asking our great Democrat Overlords first - what arrogance! To Democrats (and the British equivalent), they MUST control everything. Anything they don't control automatically becomes a "crisis". Democrats despise private enterprise anyway, so Amazon had one strike against it from the start. Add our little bureaucrats, afraid of allowing anything new and different (it's always safer to say "no"), and that's strike two for Amazon.

Microsoft got the smackdown from the Democrats, before Gates figured out whose palms to grease. Microsoft now has permanent lobbyists in DC, to pay off the Democrats. Amazon better learn from Gates quickly, before it's strike 3 - and they're OUT ! Icon shows what will be used to shoot Amazon drones out of the sky.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

The Grump
Mushroom

How about an anti-drone drone system ?

Just have your drone crash into the offending drone, and down they both go. Yeah, it's expensive, but think of the children playing in the backyard pool, then think about the perv controlling the offending drone. Now if the PDDS came with hellfire missiles that would lock onto the drone controller, and the pedo holding it - that might be worth it. Icon to show result of hellfire missiles.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

The Grump
Mushroom

Re: "if correct"

The Vogon said "I am of the opinion that AGW is likely to get pretty bad and pretty fast - so - I tend to agree that probably our current models are too conservative".

Wow. Oh wow...someone here has an opinion. AN OPINION ! Ring the bells. Dance in the streets. Call the Queen for a press conference. WE HAVE SOMEONE HERE WITH (WAIT FOR IT)...AN OPINION.

[SARCASM OFF]

It amazes me how many AC's and other people comment on Climate Change without a single clue. Not one of then can probably interpret a climate model, much less understand the mathmatics involved. When I hear the word "opinion", I see a guy open his mouth, and BS comes streaming out. If you don't understand the science, SHUT UP ! And take your "opinion" with you to the pub, where it is always welcome.

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Boffins lay out 'practical requirements' of 'realistic' QUANTUM COMPUTER

The Grump
Facepalm

Sooo...

will this computer provide precise calculations that are simultaneously correct and incorrect ? (Quantum mechanics make my head hurt).

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

The Grump

Hackers?

Changing Left turn and Right turn commands ? Switching accelerator and brake commands ? Turning a Goggle car into the ultimate remote control car ? I expect it will take hackers about 10 minutes to find the first flaw in the Google car's OS. (Black hat icon if El Register had one).

All I want is a windshield display that turns night into broad daylight, eliminating the need for headlights altogether. I may want a self driving car, but I'm not "dying" for one.

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YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

The Grump
Big Brother

We need to fix our economy first.

The face of capitalism in America is horribly blemished to those who will not help pull the Great Chain of Industry. These leaches, these takers, consume our resources but contribute nothing to our great country. Those who refuse to work should be jailed, and forced to work. Refuse, and the guards will happily introduce you to the firing squad. There will be no slackers in MY America.

Only when the scourge of Socialism had been eradicated can we progress to the stars. Twenty one Billion in debt - our Founding Fathers would be in tears if they were alive today. They would also flog the current communist President out of the White House, and lock him in stocks. Obama is a shame on American Excellence. We can - WE MUST - do better. Hopefully in 2016.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

The Grump
FAIL

Or could it be...

Could it be that Microsoft itself bankrolled this "scandal", to get reluctant Win 7 users to make the jump of faith to WIN 8, with its (ahem) fabulous GUI, straight from modern cell phones ? It is the Microsoft version of sneaking up on a bunch of chickens, and blowing an air horn. MS expects Windows users to run straight to the nearest Win 8 vendor, and plead "Save me, please. I need WIN 8". Such are the dreams of MS executives.

I'll stick with Win 7 until it gets bricked by a hacker. After that, I will switch to the Android OS on my cell phone for basic email and internet. Who needs Windows anymore, really ? Icon for Win 8 - a major MS fail - as bad as the "New Coke" fail.

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

The Grump
Windows

Even China doesn't want Win 8?

OMG. We're talking CHINA here. They make toys with lead paint. They make drywall with volitile chemicals that make any house uninhabitable. They make poisonous dog food. THEY EAT DOGS.

C'mon, if "people" like that don't want WIN 8, that does that say about the poor, clueless Win 8 fanbois who bought WIN 8 because it looked like their cell phone interface ? Anyone who is still defending WIN 8 is, well, just sad. WIN 8 needs to be buried in an unmarked grave on a pitch black night, right next to the old Atari 2600 ET cartridges. My advise to MS - remember the example of the "New Coke" failure, and try again. Coke brought back "old Coke" real quick. What will MS do ?

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

The Grump
Facepalm

You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

Woah... I was going to say "more cowbells". But more drones works, too.

Seriously, what are they going to do - have Ah-nold Schwartzen... whatever, fight the bad guy while standing on a drone ? They can simply add the drone(s) in post production, just like the tie fighters.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

The Grump
Facepalm

Captain Obvious says...

Sarcasm is easy to spot because it's sarcastic. You're welcome, citizen.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

The Grump
Black Helicopters

All I want...

is a TV interface that would cause the voice of every politican on TV to change to a high, squeaky chipmunk type voice EVERY TIME THEY LIE.

Jay Carney would always sound like Alvin. Obama would actually be fun to listen to. OTOH, it wouldn't work for Al Queda - they actually BELIEVE the stuff they say.

Come to think of it, how about a space based Muslim toaster? Allah is gre...[ZAP]. Allah be pra...[ZAP]. Die Infid...[ZAP]. Fun for all ages.

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Iranian hacktivists move into hardcore hacking against West, dissidents

The Grump
Coat

The problem is...

Muslims are just a sweet bunch of guys that (reaches for documents)... that believe in "peace, justice, morality, culture, sport, family life, and the obliteration of all people that do not believe as they do”. Hell, sometimes I feel that way some days. But you wouldn't want to share a country with them, right ? Boom, bang, constant nervous time, no chance to relax. Coexistence is right out, right ? It is the ruling of this court that, since slo-time technology is not yet available, all Muslims are to be deported to Iran, and Iran is to be sealed into a Chernobyl- type sarcophagus until the rest of humanity does out. Then, the Muslims will emerge to the world that they always wanted - a world to themselves. Bailiff, begin ordering the concrete – we’re going to need a lot. Court adjourned.

Icon = reaching for my towel. You gotta know where your towel is.

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

The Grump
Mushroom

WTF???

How does just ONE building in China rate a world class, bleeding edge elevator system? Worker's paradise, remember? Everyone shares equally, remember? Unless they intend to install this elevator system in EVERY building, they should not be able to install it in ANY building. There should be NO rich and poor in China - everyone should be equal. Either that, or the Communist system of government is a LIE and a SCAM. If they cannot provide it for everyone, then they should not provide it for anyone. There is no room for national pride in a worker's paradise.

Nuke icon because China is not being true to their Communist ideals.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

The Grump
Windows

So sorry...

I switched from XP to Vista, then Win7 - and I have been sorry that I switched ever since. After XP, MS ripped out the functionality that enabled XP to remember the size and position of every program window I ever used. Vista and Win7 just opens program windows wherever the hell it wants to. Sorry user - FU from Microsoft. So MS can take Win8 and shove it so far up where the sun doesn't shine, that they can taste it. It's almost - ALMOST - enough to make me try Lenux, or Linus - whatever. I just want something that works right. (FYI - regular guy with no programming experience whatsoever. Yeah, ah jes presses da buddons, en da computer does stuff, duh).

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

The Grump
Pint

No Gods, No Kings, just men

Basically, religion and government are the same thing. "Believe in me, and good things will come your way" can be heard not only from churches, mosques, synagogues, etc., but from almost every politician on the planet. Here in the states, we have a man called Obama who desperately wants to be a God. "Pray to me, do EXACTLY what I say, and good things will come your way". Obama isn't the only God wannabe - all politicians wish people everywhere would just OBEY them. The US founding fathers knew this - that is why they tried to keep the US government as minimal as possible.

Religion was founded originally to give the poor people of various towns and kingdoms who had nothing to lose - something to lose if they misbehaved - their immortal soul. A brilliant invention, now the peons had to behave, or risk a one way trip to hell, hades, etc. You cannot disprove the existence of a soul, so now churches had the perfect racket to make big bucks - until the internet. Weren't "round earthers" prosecuted by the church back in the day?

I lost my religion while raised as a Methodist Christian. Cracks began to form when they told me that Rock and Roll music was "the devil's music". Then they couldn't tell me why dinosaurs weren't in the Bible, after the existence of dinosaurs was proven without a doubt. No "a great lizard swallowed the third brother of Issac" or anything like that. Another crack in my belief. Finally, after years of watching these so-called "Christians" acting like jerks while patting themselves on the back for being so "holy" - my belief finally shattered, once and for all.

God doesn't answer prayers anymore. I bet Anne Frank was praying her little butt off for the Nazi's to not find her - we all know how well that worked. Try praying for the Sun to rise in the west and see what you get. The truest thing I ever heard about religion is - "God helps those who help themselves". Even Jesus knew if he stepped off that mountain that God wouldn't catch him. Smart guy! God will also not help - your team win - your uncle to recover from cancer - you win the lottery - or make your beer any colder. I have relegated God to the same bin of mythical characters as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Government "help". Believe in yourself. NEVER believe in religion OR politicians. YOU are the only one you can truly trust. Oh yeah - believe in beer, and all the women in the bar will look more attractive. It's a miracle !

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

The Grump
Flame

If only the FDA would...

allow optional testing of these so-called "all natural" miracle cures, there would be no doubt what works and what doesn't. I mean, don't expect the floodgates to open at the FDA - very few homeopathic product manufacturers would volunteer their "products" for testing. Right now, they can hide behind the FDA's statement that the FDA doesn't test "food supplements" - that's how they classify these all natural products. That's fine with the Homeopathic Industry - they can finance their own "clinical trials", bought and paid for with the understanding that the result will be favorable, with enough legalese to skirt any legal requirements.

If the cure says "all natural" - save your money, and maybe your life. Like cocaine, God knows what they cut their pills with. I wouldn't put that in MY body.

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Hey frumious Reg gamers: BANG-or-SNATCH? We look at Second Son and Thief

The Grump

Re: Silly question

Hey dogged, I hope you never played Descent. That was the only game that made me ill while playing. 360 degree, 1st person flight, no "up" or "down", and enemies coming from all directions. I eventually shelved the game as unplayable (at least for me).

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

The Grump

XP was superior...

because it remembered where your program windows were positioned when you closed them, and would seamlessly reopen them in the same place on your screen. Vista and 7 reopen program windows pretty much wherever they want, and tend to cascade windows on top of each other. Win 8 - why would I bother ? Since Vista and 7 are crap, and Win 8 appears to be even crappier, why would I pay good money for another bad OS ? I had to "upgrade" [sarcasm in quotes] to Win 7 in order to use software that wasn't compatable with XP. But I miss XP every time I have to rearrange my program windows.

I can't wait to throw a "Microsoft Is Bankrupt" party, after Redmond comes out with Win 9, which will use eye movement to move the cursor, and click when you blink. As the WIN8 fanboi's say - you just have to adapt to it. I hope you don't have to blink too often. Eyes hurt? Itching? Red? Don't blink. DON'T BLINK. Oh crap - you blinked, and just deleted 4 hours of work.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

The Grump

"An OS too far..."

"How Windows 8 nearly ruined Microsoft". Look for it in hard cover and paperback at your local bookstore next Christmas. I guess Microlimp never learned the lesson of "New Coke" - ask the consumer if they actually want it before you shove it down their throats. Win XP remembers where I closed program windows, and reopens them in the same place. Does Vista - no. Does Win7 - no. Does Win8 ? After being burned by Vista and 7, why would I burn myself again ? Win XP works. Win 8 is bollocks. Nuff said.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

The Grump

Fags !

I hate fags. Fags are an annoying, unsightly blight upon the world. They just lie there, ruining an otherwise quaint city street view with their hideous appearance. I would approve of ridding the world of fags, but the huge amount of fags would require incinerators running day and night, to rid the world of all of them. Yes - fags ( the unused end of a cigarette or cigar) are disgusting.

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See - I could not have wrote this completely inoffensive paragraph with groups line "Ethical Conduct" running the grammar police. My policy is - "If anything I say or do offends you, please don't hesitate - be offended. Just don't unload your emotional baggage on me".

And what is "being offended"? It means you get to try to dictate the speech or actions of another person, based on your emotional sensitivities. Look, if I get the facts wrong, like spelling a certain metal used in soda cans as "alumimen", I will apologize. As for matters of my opinion, it's MY opinion, and my opinion doesn't change because your itty-bitty hurt feelings were hurt. That's YOUR problem. not mine. Have a nice day.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

The Grump

But do they help with IFF (Identify Friend / Foe) gun targeting ?

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

The Grump

WIN 95?

What about WIN 95 support? Will I be able to play my copy of Keef the Thief on Win 8?

Just kidding, but it makes the point. We are talking about computer OS's here - not game consoles. When the latest hot console comes out, and you find out it won't play the old games, you have to buy new games. No business wants to replace their WIN XP dedicated software, just to get MS's new shiny OS.

I would love to see a all-versions version of Windows, with versions of 7, XP, even 95, that run in a sandbox, with perfect emulation of the old OS's. Why is the phrase "backward compatability" such a taboo subject at MS?

And about WIN8 - touch screens and fried chicken are a bad combination.

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Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap

The Grump
Joke

I've...got a headache.

The sexbot industry has a long way to go, if this is an example of current tech. It has the "lying there" part down pat, but the "looking pretty" part? Ehhh...NO. Not if were the last bot on Earth. Clearly, DARPA has the wrong priorities when it comes to "supporting our troops". I believe our entire military would applaud ATTRACTIVE, disease-free sexbots to "support our troops". This bot - ewwwww !

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

The Grump
Pint

My 2 cents

First, I'm not a IT guy - I'm just a Windows user since the days of DOS. I couldn't program a VCR - so I needed an OS that just WORKED for my home PC. Been through the wringer with MS: 95 - good, 98 - meh, 2000 - balls, XP - liked it as much as 95, vista - balls for different reason. XP remembered where the window was placed for every program, and reopened them in the same place. Vista, W7 - windows forgets window placement - EVERY - SINGLE - TIME. I have to rearrange my windows every time. Spent many hours trying to get Vista to remember window placement - before I found out that MS sees it as a feature instead of a bug. I'd still be using XP if I didn't need the extra memory and CPU cycles to play the latest and greatest games.

After an MS update, I discovered that my Search functionality in the folder view had stopped working. The Search function off the Start menu worked, but not in folder view. It took me two weeks of trial, error, giving up, coming back, more trial and error before I chanced on the problem, and managed to correct it (something had cleared some of the file types in MS's deservedly maligned "search indexing"). I don't have the luxury of an IT department - just me, and my mini-frig full of beer.

So I figure, what's to stop MS from a final MS "Update" for Win XP, containing instructions to disable key functionalities of XP (and if they're smart, disable them after a set time period, so the malfunction will not be easily linked with the MS update). This would force XP users to update, whether they wanted to or not. And no, when you deal with MS, this is not paranoia - it's a very real possibility. I would turn off MS updates NOW, just to be on the safe side.

As for WIN 8 - eh - let's just say that touch screen OS's and fried chicken don't go together well. MS should man up, grow a pair, and admit that Win 8 isn't the greatest idea they ever had. Now, licensing Win XP support for a fee - that is a good idea. Requiring users change to incompatible OS's every few years - bad idea. That's my 2 cents. And beer because, well, because I'm a Windows user. Gotta have something to dull the pain.

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Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy

The Grump
Pint

Dunno what MP's are...

(probably not Military Police - that's what MP means here in the US of A). However, they sound a lot like our idiot Democrats in Congress. They want to pass legislation to force automobile manufacturers to invent a 100 MPG car by around noon next week, or some impossible date like that. Both MP's and Democrats seem to be amazed when they want us to do something impossible (with current technology), and we don't "Just do it".

Let the MP's look for copyright violations, full time - an give their jobs to guys that will give you a free pint and salted peanuts every day. Beer, cos I like beer.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

The Grump
Mushroom

Union idiots !

Anyone stupid enough to belong to a union voluntarily - deserves the fate of the Hostess bakery union members. They followed their Union - straight into bankruptcy and unemployment. Let's see how far your "dignity" gets you when you receive your final paycheck, with no employment prospects in sight. Then the union officials, having made their money from dues, slink away and find another employer to wreck.

Simple solution - no fingerprint scan, no paycheck. After X amount of days, immediate employment termination. There's a thousand unemployed people out there that would accept your job tomorrow for what you are paid right now. Before you listen to your Union, look in the mirror and tell yourself "I can be easily replaced", and repeat until you believe it. Then tell your Union to shove it.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

The Grump

Bah...

All Myst is - is an Infocom text game with eye candy. I tried point and click with a game called "Scratches" - It sucked. I had tons more fun with Sword of Fargoal, and the early Ultima's. Eye candy is fine, but the play is the thing. I'm currently lost in the New Vegas wasteland, and loving it.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

The Grump

Re: XP versus Windows 7 versus Vista

win95 (good)

win98(ok)

Windows ME (kill with fire)

Windows xp (great - the last OS that remembered where you opened a previous program window, so you don't have to move them where you want them EVERY...SINGLE...TIME)

Windows vista (crap)

Windows 7 (slightly less craptastic than Vista)

Windows 8 (f**k you this is a PC not a tablet) - [censored, think of the children]

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

The Grump
Facepalm

Oh, please...

not another "Gee wiz, look what's coming down the road in another twenty years or so" story. Bah humbug. If these bulls*it stories were true, I'd have my flying car by now, cold fusion would be a reality, carbon nanotube batteries would propel electric cars at 1000 miles a pop, and I would have my "Real Feel" holographic television by now.

Look, if it's not going to be available in stores within a month or so, don't bother writing the story. Stick to writing about stuffy British Prime Ministers, porn filters, current IT, and beer. All the stuff we really case about. Especially the porn.

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The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

The Grump

Why should Snowden release everything...

when that's the only trump card he has left ? Snowden is of interest to enemies of the US - only - as long as he has dirt on the US government. Without it, he is simply a liability to whatever third rate Commie hell that takes him in. "Here's a mule and a plow. Now go and produce vegetables, comrade. Failure will be punished severely."

I would LOVE to see the look on his face when his adopted country kicks him to the curb. Truly a man without a country.

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

The Grump
Big Brother

Well...

I hope you enjoyed the days when the web was free and unedited. Now that they are aware of the web, our political masters will tell us what we can access, and what we can't. After all, most people make bad decisions when left to their own devices (SUV's, real fur coats, Big Macs, etc). We obviously need them to look out for us, and wrap the world in foam rubber, so it will be nice and safe for us. All we have to do is...OBEY. Simple. They say it - you do it. BTW - did you pay taxes on that internet purchase, citizen ?

We're from the government, and we're here to help you !

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Amazon faces its third strike in Germany

The Grump
Mushroom

The last time I checked...

you can quit Amazon employment anytime. "Tentimes" would have you believe the employees are chained to their desks (per his "slave" reference that he is so fond of). They're not. You don't like Amazon ? QUIT.

As for unions - how would you like to see the thriving business that you spent many 20 hour days building - taken over by union thugs ? Who gave them the right to tell you how to run your business, pay your executives, or anything else ? Your business is NONE of their business - until liberal politicians gave the unions "magical" labor rights that do not appear anywhere in the Constitution. Union protection laws are simply a payoff to the unions for their voting block.

I hope Amazon (and everyone else) follows the Hostess example - close the business, reorganize without the union troublemakers, and reopen again, free of union baggage.

BTW, if you downvote me - you're a libtard. If you upvote me - welcome to reality.

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Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period

The Grump
Thumb Up

Re: Wouldn't it be easier to...

Test Man sounds like a classic NIMBY.

Unsightly ? No more than the normal electric lines on poles beside nearly every road in the nation.

Dangerous ? No more than the very same lines listed above. We are warned repeatedly about trimming trees, using ladders, etc near the power lines that decorate our roads now.

Cost ? When you factor in all the lives lost defending oil interests around the world, the cost of exploring for more oil, the costs of more power plants (including new nuclear plants) needed to charge all those very costly L-ion batteries, it would be a bargain. And the construction alone would employ thousands of the unemployed.

We need more people to say "Yes, we can", and less people who say "No, we can't". I can easily imagine a future with overhead powered cars. Can you imagine the future if the Wright brothers had asked Test Man's opinion of their new-fangled airplane invention ?

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The Grump
Holmes

Wouldn't it be easier to...

put overhead electric lines over roads, and equip cars with a gantry-type overhead power connectors - like electric commuter trains use every day ? Unlimited range, and a Leaf type 70 mile battery for off grid use, like parking garages - what's not to like ? A meter would keep track of the amount of power used.

Somehow, swapping out batteries every 70 miles or so doesn't sound all that appealing. To defeat range anxiety, we have to get the electric to the car. We can't just wait for another Tesla type genuis to emerge and create an uber-battery - we have to power electric cars now. We can invent the uber-battery later.

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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

The Grump
Facepalm

Ballmer will take care of Win 7

Just wait until the next Service Pack download causes BSOD issues, lost functionality (it's not a bug, it's a FEATURE), and random freezes. The appropriate apologies will be made, but the CEO's will get the message, loud and clear - "Time to move on to Windows 8 - It's better"!

I would use Linux if I knew beans about programming (which I don't - casual user here). You can make Linux do anything - provided you know how. Windows ? If you don't like programs opening their windows over each other (not remembering where you closed them last time), and you can't use Linux, tough tamales - you're stuck with whatever Ballmer says you have to use.

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Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

The Grump

Excuse me, sir...

but computers do not make mistakes. Please pay your fine at the window.

Here in the United States of Obama, if you challenge a photo ticket and lose your appeal, the file almost doubles. And you lose your appeal 99.9999 percent of the time. I expect this practice to spread world-wide, anything for more profit. Isn't private busness working with the government wonderful ?

No icon - need a jackbooted nazi icon for stories like this.

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US government wants security research on car-to-car nets

The Grump
Terminator

Hmmm, lets see...

I'll take a level 4 SUV with the reclining "magic fingers" massage option, remote start, in-route entertainment system, auto-park option, minibar dash option, run flat tires, and mini-keg cooler. In green, of course. And I want hybrid, so it gets 20 MPG instead of 14 MPG.

This may be a good thing. Computers don't get mad at trash trucks, school buses, slow Prius drivers, and of course, the ever infuriating bicyclists (or whatever those bike-tards call themselves now). Less stress = WIN. I just wonder how a level 4 vehicle can identify a bicycle rider. Ba-bump, ba-bump - what was that ? Must have been a raccoon !

Terminator because the cars will eventually figure out they're more intelligent than the drivers. Then...

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'WikiLeaks of financial data' prompts worldwide hunt for tax evaders

The Grump
Mushroom

Please, oh please...

let Nancy Polosi's, Chuck Schummer's, Harry Reid's and Prez Obama's names be on that list. I call him Prez, because he doesn't deserve the title President. He is an embarassment to all Americans, and he deserves a little embarrassment himself.

If you gave our Democrats some truth serum, and asked them what tax rate would be enough, they would say 100 percent. Wealthy folks are protecting themselves, I cannot blame them. With better lawyers, yes, they have better tax dodges. But really, if the Democrats are beating down your door, lusting for every last cent you have, would you protect yourself, too ? They see every dollar in your pocket as theirs. They spend every cent they get, then borrow from China to fuel their spending addiction. They want YOUR money - all of it. That is NOT the price we may for a civilized society - it is the path to Communism.

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3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

The Grump
Facepalm

Oh please...

if the bad guys (terrorists) are smart, they will get their suicide Jihadists to have bombs surgically implanted before a flight, walk through the soft-scatter x-ray machine without a beep, then use a cell phone to activate the bomb after takeoff. An "old fashioned" magnetic field scanner would tattletale on an implanted bomb, but not the new soft scatter x-ray machines. A fact I am keenly aware of, as I scan my fellow passengers for long beards.

Cars are more dangerous than this $9,000 dollar one-shot gun. Hell, even kitchen knives are more dangerous - and cheaper. Will our fearless leaders ban these, too ? Stay tuned and see...

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Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

The Grump
Mushroom

Battery tech is still not there yet...

if it takes a $60,000 dollar battery in a $30,000 dollar car to go just 208 miles. I don't see why electric cars cannot be designed to accept a simple lawn mower engine, which could be dropped into a generator housing by the owner. A simple, cheap range extender and battery recharger. Pump the choke, pull the starter cord, and the old Briggs & Stratton starts recharging your battery while shopping, dining, or even while driving. Use an auxiliary gas tank for even more range. Think cheap - cheap is good. Why the Volt needs a 4 cylinder range extender that could power a regular small car is beyond me. And 40,000 bucks ? Cheap is good, and that's not cheap !

Don't get me wrong - I would LOVE to own an electric car - no oil changes, no smelly gas pump handles, and a LOT less to maintain. But the RANGE !!! It's killing electric car sales, me included. If they only had overhead grids above the roads - electric cars could be equipped with a pole to reach the overhead grid, like a bumper car. Unlimited electric range on the road - and a 20 mile range battery for areas without an overhead grid - parking lots and the like.

Project better world - too cumbersome, changing out batteries every 60 miles. Solar roof - forget about it. The best thing would be to authorize the government to gather the best and brightest, and start a Manhattan-Project type think tank to brainstorm better energy storage solutions. Nikola Tesla is dead - we need to find new geniuses to take his place. Energy transmission via quantum physics ? Storing lightning ? Maybe something we cannot imagine yet. Round up the scientists, give them the funding, and let them do what they do best.

Nuke because that's how I feel about L-ion battery costs - KABOOM !

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

The Grump
Pint

Old World Blues

Eyes firmly fixed on the past, unable to see the future for what it is. Unable to change. Unable to move on. Their eyes burning with the faint light of memories, lost in time. Sad, really.

I miss playing Sword of Fargoal, too. But to me, it's just a relic in the dust bin of my past. Nice to think about, once in a while, but I'm usually busy looking to the future. I have also found that when you DO get a chance to play those old games, they are just not as great as you remember them to be.

If you do desire to look into the past fondly, don't do it while standing in the dark - you may be eaten by a Grue!

(Yes, I'm old enough to have played Infocom games. I've played the Pong coin op game, too - back when dirt was a relatively new thing). Beer icon, because there is no "older than dirt" icon - and I like my Blue Moon beer.

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

The Grump
Mushroom

US Treasury said ????

"The US Treasury said in March that any firms that deal in the virtual money would be considered "money services businesses" just like any other, requiring them to provide information to the government and implement policies to stop money laundering".

That amazing. The last time I saw the US Treasury, it was just a big building, and it certainly didn't say anything. Brilliant ! And "Chilton" - who the hell is that ? "Top bods" ? Who wrote this peice of garbage better hope they never meet my 6th grade English teacher - my knunkles still hurt from that ruler she used with Jedi-like precision.

As for regulation, if Prez O'Bummer and his Democrat commie buddies had their way, everything would be taxed at 100%. They see a dollar in your pocket as their dollar, and they will not rest until they take it. If BitCoin becomes more than a fad, O'Bummer will take it down, just like Pirate Bay.

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We've done it - we've gone and made LONG-LIFE BEER

The Grump
Pint

I will never understand...

people who like either bitter wine or bitter beer. God bless them, though - someones gotta drink all that bitter beer out there. I see it as a recycling service for beer I would never drink. I'll stick with Blue Moon unfiltered wheat beer, thank you very much.

BTW, bitter does not mean flavor, it just means bitter. Beer should be enjoyable, not endurable. Beer icon, natch.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

The Grump
Happy

>>>South

You are in the lobby of Starbase 314.

West

You are facing a door In the Starbase lobby. It has warning signs in Romulin - keep out.

West

You are in a darkened room. You may be eaten by a grue.

Wait

You hear footsteps approaching. You hear a horrible gurgling sound.

?

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Quantum researchers control qubit with light

The Grump
Boffin

Amazingly amazing nerdliness

"The qubit in question is actually considered a defect in a diamond's crystalline structure: it's called a “nitrogen-vacancy centre”, in which a nitrogen atom takes the place of a carbon atom, creating an adjacent vacancy. The properties of such vacancies, particularly photoluminescence, have been of interest to researchers for a long time".

No wonder these eggheads never get dates. "Oh, I study nitrogen-vacency centres...huh...now where did she go?"

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