* Posts by Tom_

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Re: What's his beef?

I suppose there's some amount of risk that the computer will go, "It's him" and the police officer will have a quick look and agree and then go and bother that person, whereas in the past they may have put more thought into whether the picture really matched. In other words, the computer identification may be treated as more reliable than it ought to, just on the grounds of it coming from a computer.

It's a bit of a stretch, though. I'd have thought that the advantage of a computer being able to present, say, a dozen potential matches quickly and let the police officer review those would be a good thing.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: I'm confused...

It turns out that they don't give a shit if they're called out on it later. They just say it's because "warning lights are flashing over the global economy." Apparently that means they're not responsible for the state of the country's finances, unlike the other lot who were in power when the global economy went tits up who were obviously responsible because reasons.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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Have a go with Unity. It does feel a bit like overkill, but it also makes all the compatability stuff very easy. They've also been adding a lot more 2D specific features over the last year, so you'll probably find a weekend is enough to get everything set up, work through a few tutorials and have a playable 2D game running. One that you can export as a PC executable or for the web or to iPhone or Android, etc.

It might feel like overkill, but a day or two with it will let you know whether it's going to make game development on the PC fun for you again.

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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£600,000

That's the money they're raising now, to be able to start looking into the planning of the mission.

They're going to need more like £500 million to complete the mission.

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OMG, that CLOUD has a TV in it! Sony goes Over The Top in telly wars

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Re: Proof they don't get it

I'm not sure your comment makes sense. Services like 4OD manage to include advertising without having to have the concept of channels.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Awesome Toy

This bit from the tech specs concerned me...

Maximum altitude = 4500m

Maximum ascent speed = 5m/s

Maximum descent speed = 4m/s

Maximum battery life = approximately 18 minutes.

So if you start on the beach, send it up to 4500m and then tell it to come back the battery will run out when it gets to about 3800m altitude it'll be stuck up there!

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Re: London is a dirty unfinished shithole

Can you actually think of a finished city, besides maybe Detroit?

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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Re: fridge sized?

That depends on the current exchange rate. I think it's about 1.2 AUSWM to the GBF at the moment.

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Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull flinging 700 internet satellites into orbit

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Re: Not a lard arse

It's Melinda. Phil and Melinda Gates.

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

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The Future

When people make flippant remarks about how it's already the future and we don't yet have flying cars, send them this photo.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Trouble is that although the new versions of iOS bring new features they also bring more bugs. So the longer you use an iPhone the more you realise you're better off avoiding the updates and keeping the functionality you like.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Gear lever

When I test drove a 500 a few years back I cut my hand on the gear level. So it's nice that this comes with a different one.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: The Moon has more to offer.

Trillions, but your point is good.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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Re: Another SFplot element coming to reality

It really is a fantastic book.

But they need to squidge these down smaller and make them work as cameras too. Did they not also stick them to the side of their noggin where they could squirt signals straight into the optic nerve?

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: Expect the unexpected

Thunder? Don't you mean drizzle?

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Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

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Is it only blue tooth?

Does it have onboard storage?

How big is it?

How is it powered?

Why just reprint press releases?

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Yeah, new policy: don't tell customers you can see their passwords.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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One True Mouse

Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 2

The silver one, wired, with two large thumb buttons on the side.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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Re: Differences?

You should have been able to get about 1,000 times that for fifty quid, mate.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

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Terrorism

Old Trafford capacity = 75,731

iPad dimensions = 242.8mm x 189.7mm

Solar radiation reaching upper atmosphere = ~1.35W/m^2

Adjusting for weather conditions and average angle of incidence during football matches played throughout the season, etc.

If they don't ban iPads the losing team's supporters would require approximately 14 seconds to vaporise the referee at the end of the first half.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: "pre-crash preventative occupant protection"

Sounds like you could lose an arm if you're hanging it out of the window on a sunny day.

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Re: No spare wheel?

Not having a spare wheel is getting more and more common, especially in cars a bit smaller than the Golf. Mine comes with a tube of crap to squirt into the wheel and breakdown assisstance. When I got a flat tyre, I realised the tube of crap said it was guaranteed to get the car 100 metres. The guy who turned up from the AA used a bigger tube of crap and told me I could drive home on it (3 miles), but that I should then call out a roving tyre replacement company to replace the tyre.

So I was an hour late home one evening and had to get up an hour early the next morning. That's a trade off against changing to a spare wheel (15 minutes for an amateur?) and then still having to get the tyre replaced on the proper wheel.

Not sure it's much different in the end.

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Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all

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Re: Just the job for a media centre

Yeah, raspbmc seems to work pretty well for me. Small device, silent, copes with all the media I've tried to use it for so far. Damn it, it even works with my regular TV remote control, which I found kind of astonishing when I first realised.

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: How do you know if the unsubscribe is legit?

I downvoted this comment because you kept using the term, 'the google', which just seemed ridiculous.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: NOT THAT SHIT AGAIN

You're forgetting 6 Pakistani and 5 Indian devices detonated in 1998.

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Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH

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Unless...

Maybe they're claiming it's 25,000km around the Earth.

Small world, innit?

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

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Not yet.

The thing that would put me off using my phone for this is the idea of smacking my expensive phone against the ticket barriers twice a day. Surely that's asking for it to wear out quicker, get dropped or get grabbed from my hand.

I also don't understand how using my credit card is easier than using an Oyster card. After the initail sign up for auto top up and setting up a direct debit to pay my credit card in full every month, they become interchangable in usage. The only difference I can come up with is that if my credit card gets stolen it's more of a pain to sort out than losing an Oyster card.

I guess I'm not yet convinced.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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BT

Interesting statistics. As a BT customer, I've certainly never been asked whether or not I want filtering to be enabled on my internet connection. Has everyone else been asked then?

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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480?

I work in game development and we capture our animation data with three web cams. We record whole body movement down to individual fingers. We don't use markers or those funny suits - just process the video feed.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.

I thought the Stormtroopers were supposed to BE the good guys. It's been a while since I saw it, but weren't they the ones being attacked by a terrorist cell in ... well... all of the films?

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Gust catches Amazon's skirt, reveals glimpse of 'Netflix for books'

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Audiobooks

This is very exciting for someone who currently pays more than that to get two audiobooks per month from Audible.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Only 470?

It looks like they could fit on a few more if they'd parked them all pointing sideways.

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

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Re: What Mister Musk needs...

That's getting very close to an oats-and-the-odd-apple fueled car.

Also known as a horse and cart.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Re: Where are the Register's servers located?

"And the response times showed not enough time to be in the US, unless lightspeed was violated"

You can't rule out the possibility that they go via the US embassy, though.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Price of Electricity

One concern for me about the economics of the electric car is the increasing price of electricity. How can you estimate charging costs over five or ten years, even if you have a good idea of the mileage you'll be doing?

I recognise that petrol costs are also variable.

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Japanese finally produce a ROBOT which isn't DEAD INSIDE

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Re: *shakes fist*

"Am I the only one that just wants to punch that thing it its stupid smug face? (I'm pretty sure that when I'm an old fart I am going to be spending a lot of time yelling at robots and demanding to speak to a human being.)"

More likely you'll be like the rest of us nerds, desperately yearning for a bit of the robot's attention, but continually spurned.

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Re: Shark Jumped!

WTF are 'paedophilic manuals'?

They're the things that used to be called family photo albums.

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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They should just fit lasers to the aircraft that swivel around and point straight back at the guy on the ground. But they should be a couple of orders of magnitude brighter.

I mean, not really, but still...

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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If you know your enemy is listening to your communications it's much more advantageous to feed them false information than to make a fuss about it.

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Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

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Mental

"On the stand, Freecale apps manager Graham Troy suggested other implications for engine management where car owners could switch ECU (Engine Control Unit) profiles and pay a few quid extra for a download to have their sedentary saloon souped up to a sportster for the weekend."

I'm not convinced that would be very popular with motorists, to be frank. Many might take the view that they already bought the car, so should be able to access it's capabilities at will and without further charge.

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

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Re: ummm right....

You just need to make your balloon secrete baking soda, like your stomach lining does and you'll be protected from the acidity. As for the winds, stick windmills on the side and use them to generate power.

Mushrooms will also grow well in the warm, dark, damp conditions. :)

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You're right, but that's why we need to come up with ways that these people can increase their high scores while making life better for the rest of us as well.

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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

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Strange

It feels really strange that the Internet has shrunk the world for so many people, making us feel more like a global society and then people want domain names tied down to cities.

Look at the popularity of .com compared to country specific TLDs. It seems odd to me that anyone's that fussed about .london, beyond tourism and companies scared of the domain being squatted.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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Trying to change the business...

Wouldn't a better way to change how the business is regulated be to keep the sites up, rather than accepting undisclosed payments to take them offline?

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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

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Best common sense tip?

Change the bloody phone system to stop lines remaining connected when the call recipient hangs up!

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Suppositories

Learning that people use homeopathic suppositories has amused me more than anything else today.

That's just brilliant.

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First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

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Re: Moving at 800 m/s

There isn't really any such thing as absolute speed though, is there? I mean, the ISS is travelling around the galactic centre at a lot more than 32,000km/h, for example.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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The best bit is he's actually working on Godus 2, the sequel to the copy of Populous...

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Sector... One

Xenon 2 was absolutely outstanding both graphically and in terms of audio, but Xenon really did have the more interesting gameplay.

When I was about 14, me and a friend would play Xenon in co-op mode... one person did the space bar to swap between air and ground and the other did everything else. We played it so much that we could clock the game without dying.

Those were the days.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: The App Store Con

No, where it went wrong was in providing a time period where purchases can be made without re-entering the password and making that be the default setting for devices.

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