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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: A Recommend

Thank you sir, for giving me the opportunity to post a link to an excellent XKCD :-)

http://xkcd.com/657/

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Staggering Pictures

Somehow I had always had the impression that comets were just amorphous blobs, almost sponge-like, but these pictures really show just how interesting they can be. How did those "mountains" form? Where have they been?

Science - it rocks!

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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Re: Bakeoff?

Pedant's corner, I know, but it's actually spelled "Dictionary"; I'm sure there's a book you can use to look up the correct spellings of things, but I can't remember what it's called.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Well I never

God, that website makes me want to vomit diamond cutting-wire harvested crystals.

They have finally reached the point where they are a parody of themselves. It's incredible.

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Apple Support Document

There's something odd going on here - on that support page, they infer that the packet capturing interface is innocent and secure and what-have-you. They then link to a developer page that has the following text in the iOS section:

"iOS Packet Tracing

iOS does not support packet tracing directly. However, if you're developing for iOS you can take a packet trace of your app in a number of different ways:

If the problem you're trying to debug occurs on Wi-Fi, you can put your iOS device on a test Wi-Fi network. See Wi-Fi Capture for details.

If your app uses HTTP, you can configure your iOS device to use a debugging HTTP proxy (such as Charles HTTP Proxy).

In iOS 5 and later you can use the remote virtual interface facility."

Which makes no mention of this innocent, secure feature.

Are they trying to retcon something here? Or am I just being paranoid?

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

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Question

Does anyone know why it will take 9 months for the full data download to occur? It can't be the distance (the report says that the light RTT will be about 8 hours at that distance). Is it bandwidth-related? Or can't they get enough time on the Deep Space Network?

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: HONESTLY?

For a long time I thought she was singing "honestly, I want to see if it breaks" which struck me as an odd marketing message. Bit of a wishful thinking mondegreen methinks.

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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Re: Automatically unlock a phone in a known environment

I totally agree with you - my colleagues are a threat to any unlocked phone in the vicinity. It is lots of fun though ;-)

And I think you're right about that statistic, I'm sure I caught the guy in the keynote say something along the lines of "if you're one of the 12-15% percent of people who enforce security then..." so the stat might be even worse than that!

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bigphil9009

Re: Automatically unlock a phone in a known environment

The article isn't very clear here, but after watching the keynote, here is what I think happens:

The phone doesn't "auto-unlock" in the sense of becoming active, but it suppress any PIN-code or pattern-unlock requirements that may otherwise be enabled on the phone, allowing the user to just to slide to unlock (in the same way that you can if there are no security settings enforced)

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Oh I was there when it was still cool and now it's just a commercial borefest and blah blah blah blah blah

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Amazing never-seen-before photo of colourful hot young stars (Thanks Hubble)

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Re: Ultraviolet?

That is a great question, and one I'd like to know the answer to, too.

The clearest answer I can find is this:

http://hubblesite.org/reference_desk/faq/answer.php.id=42&cat=galaxies

Which seems to say that it's not these ancient galaxies that we are observing in UV, but closer, younger ones. But this doesn't either answer your question into why we see this UV at all, unless - like you say - the radiation was originally in the form of X-rays or gamma radiation, nor explain why this is being discussed with relation to the HDF image (which by definition is of old, far away galaxies).

Can any astro-boffins help?

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Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

bigphil9009

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Let's just call this a day. Hopefully you have satisfied your need demonstrate how much better you are than others through the medium of internet posts.

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bigphil9009

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

I'm quite proud to have elicited such a response. Proud, but also a little bit scared. Trevor, old bean, you seem slightly upset by this whole thing - opinions, buddy - that's all they are - opinions on a website. The fact that a euphemism has been in place for ages doesn't mean I can't criticise its use does it?

Also, thanks for giving me the phrase - but it's probably not much of a sacrifice - after all, you seem to have another 49,997+ words to keep you company. I'm really impressed by that, by the way.

Yours, the ferro-magnetic princess.

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bigphil9009

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

"Ferro-magnetic princess"

If ever I start a band I will steal this for the name - once I have wiped off the flecks of spittle, of course.

Seriously, why all the keyboard rage? All I was after is a modicum of accuracy. I have no affiliation to mechanical nor to solid-state drives - they each have their uses.

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bigphil9009

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Please, for the love of god, stop with this "spinning rust" bullshit. It's not rust. I know you're trying to look knowledgeable and all, but a man of your otherwise demonstrable intelligence doesn't need to.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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What a horrible website

Sorry for the rant,but that geek.com website has an awful layout. Why, in this age of relatively low-res widescreen laptop and desktop screens would they take up nearly 1/4 of the available horizontal space with those borders? I don't really care how many people have shared the story!

Now I'm off to chase those kids of my lawn.

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Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

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Re: 1000 thumbs down can't be wrong

Oh, hi Eadon!

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN

I'd like to propose an amendment to Godwin's Law - all IT discussions will eventually end up with a motoring analogy. :-)

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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

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Strange Article

Perhaps issued in a rush (and understandably so!), this article is not of the usual quality found here - full of typos and Citrix is mentioned twice as being in trouble when the linked article says only one of the nine products are affected. The affected product needs sorting, sure, but it's not as bad as the article makes out...

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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The cloud...

It just works!

Seriously though, I like the part about "your data is still available at your home or your office" - that's very generous of them, but it worries me that people may start to think of local access as being a feature of "The Cloud".

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

bigphil9009

Re: Still doesn't look as usable

How on earth does this idiotic post garner 8 upvotes? Are people so quick to hate that they'll agree with any old nonsense?

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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I think you mean no "u" :-)

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The Mac at 30: Hardware and software wars – again and again and ...

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Wikipedia?

Much as I hate to belittle a frankly excellent series of articles, was that a link to a... a Wikipedia article I saw??? That must have hurt :-)

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

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I hope this is OK, but I'm reposting "thesykes" fantastic comment on the original story. I think this is one of the best comments ever made on this forum and probably as equally appropriate here:

To me, there are two trains of thought that exist in management.

Train A goes something like: We employ 1,000 IT staff and, because of this, all our systems run smoothly.

Train B, however, goes: All our systems run smoothly, why do we need 1,000 IT staff?

Unfortunately, it's standing room only on Train B, whereas Train A has been cancelled due to lack of demand and a bus replacement service is now in operation.

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Google to web: SHUT YOUR MOUTH or Chrome 32 beta will do it for you

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Obligatory

http://xkcd.com/1280/

:)

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

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So much of the debate on this, including the article upon which we are commenting on takes the form:

Journo: "Hmm, some new science has appeared which contradicts my inviolable belief that something is/isn't happening to our climate" [delete as appropriate]. "I must immediately discover some other science that I can put all my faith in, so that I can be reassured that my position is safe".

This abuse of the scientific method in order to back up or deny a fervently held, almost religious, belief saddens me.

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Apple Time Capsule 2013: Next-gen wireless networking, anyone?

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Re: Seems like a straightforward appliance

Yes. A web browser. For browsing the web. Not for running applications. I know "browsers" have become considerably more advanced these days but I can't help thinking this is a double-edged sword - a sizeanle fraction of browser exploits are most probably due to this massive increase. Give me a lightweight client application any day of the week.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

bigphil9009

Re: BBC "Rise of the Continents"

Damn straight! The modern Horizon format makes me weep - a better example of style over substance it isn't possible to find.

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What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

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Informative article, but gads! Did anyone actually proof-read it beforehand?

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Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

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Minimum?

I had thought that we were in the middle of a protracted solar minimum, with all the associated dire warnings about mini-Ice Ages etc... how come we're now heading for a maximum? I'm confuzzled.

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Microsoft: Subscription-only apps? Not for us, yet

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That twitter post

The thing is, for the longest time when people have purchased a "boxed product", they haven't actually purchased the product, but rather a license to use said product, so to claim that subscription plans are wrong because you never own the product is missing the point, because you never owned the product in the first place.

HOWEVER, the concept of paying the same amount of money over a period of time as purchasing the license outright, and then losing access to the software if one stops paying is certainly a step backwards.

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Google Now lands on iOS

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Re: Siri: What's it like to have competition in your backyard?

It's heading into winter in the promised land right now, you insensitive clod! :-)

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Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash

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Free from human error eh?

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2011/08/01/third-largest-bitcoin-exchange-bitomat-lost-their-wallet-over-17000-bitcoins-missing/

That is just one of many stories about people losing access to their wallet.dat files through lack of backups, incompetence, or any other human failing...

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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WTF?

C'mon then, Mr Smartypants - why don't you enlighten us as to quite why he is so wrong?

If not, all you're doing is proving that criticising is far easier than educating...

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

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Happy

Voyager - never was a spacecraft so aptly named.

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McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets

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Re: AV is a malicious Peril

Indeed, it is very entertaining reading his posts.

Mind you, I'm glad that I don't employ him (or contract his services for that matter), 18 Register comments today and counting...

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Review: Google Nexus 4

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Re: Wot, no score?

Thanks for the explanation, Tony. :-)

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Wot, no score?

Strange review this one - acomes across that the review has made up his mind that he wasn't going to like it, then filtered the review through that decision. Also, why no score?

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

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I hope it's been sysprepped.

Otherwise we're going to have all sorts of SSID issues if we ever meet up.

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

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Unhappy

Yawn

Please can we stop with this whole "spinning rust" thing? It's infecting Trevor Pott's articles too, and is a little bit too smug for my liking ("ooh, look at me - I know how things work"), not to mention completely incorrect - these days most magnetic medium on the platters of HDDs is a cobalt alloy, most definately not iron oxide...

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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

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Re: But did it fire?

Agreed - it would be good to know if the mission goal was reached or not.

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Adobe demands 7,000 years a day from humankind

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EULAs

I'd always thought that there was a little bit of give-and-take in all of these things. The software vendors just assume that your average Joe (and I include myself in this definition) will just tick the box, and your average Joe just assumes that he won't get taken to court should he fail to remove all copies of Flash from his mountain of backups once he's sold his old PC.

These agreements are mainly in place to stop massive abuses of software theft and copyright abuse, rather than impinge on what the other 99.9% of users are doing with their computers.

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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

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Incredible

The most incredible thing about this, is that during the segments when he is cracking the eggs and drinking a beer, he just looks like a bloke cracking an egg and drinking a beer - the prosthesis is so well designed and (more importantly) operated that it disappears into the background and we can just concentrate on what the guy is doing, not how he is doing it.

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Curiosity rover hijacked by will.i.am to debut science song

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Re: The Beagle 2 Mars probe

Excellent mate! I love it :-)

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

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WTF?

No Graphics Driver

I've installed the preview and have used it for a couple of hours and the overwhelming feeling is one of being transported back to the times of Windows 95 and the terrible 16 colour icons and desktop that we used to be presented with when Windows didn't have a driver for the graphics card. I cannot understand for the life of me why they have chosen such a stripped back, bare look for the suite - and the bright white has started to give me eye strain.

They call this progress?

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Korean telly factory power cut costs Samsung $30,000+ per second

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Does this part of Samsung make the "Retina" displays for Apple's gear? If so, I would be surprised if they remain loss-making for long - would spinning them off not make them an attractive target for an acquisition by the big A? Could this be Samsung shooting themselves in the foot? Or have i got the wrong end of the stick?

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Red Bull races gamers for Grand Prix prize

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Re: Red Bull

I was just about to post the same thing! Definately a Torro-Rosso (and in last year's livery too, although that is explained by the requirement for F1 2011)

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HTC handsets hit by grip of death

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Sounds like the same thing that happened with the Galaxy Nexus

The "spinning out" issue sounds suspiciously like the issue that occured on the Galaxy Nexus (ICS) when it was first released - it hadn't been fully tested on the 2G 900MHz GSM networks and when switching from a 3G band to the 2G one, it went crazy, vibrating and becoming totally unresponsive so that the only thing that fixed it was a battery-pull. The problem was patched pretty quickly though...

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

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Hmmm

Let's see:

"Trick-cyclist" count = 4

"soft scientist" count = 2

"soft-studies" count = 3

Lewis is like a small child who has discovered a new word, or someone who once got a laugh out of something he said and is trying to regain the acceptance that that laugh once gave him. Sad really.

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