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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

TheRealRoland

Ah, here it is:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/25/2-investigators-stray-electricity-poses-hidden-danger/

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TheRealRoland

Something that's been in the news lately over here in Chicago - lamp posts are leaking electricity into the ground, which then causes other metal objects close by to conduct that electricity.

Haven't been able to find the actual article, but it has been used on TV as a 'magnet' to draw viewers to the 9pm news.

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

TheRealRoland

yup, that one... I seem to recall it was the tagline, but no longer. ah well...

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Where did the Talking Heads reference go? (at least, i think it was the tagline for this article...)

"Run, run, run - run run away!'

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

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Re: Concerns

>Cash - excepted everywhere

I take acception to that!

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: Bring back Tungsten filaments...

I am just amazed by the decisions the local departments of transportation are taking, over where I live - "let's replace all traffic lights with LED lights! Saves money!"

But then they forget that when (not if...) it snows, the lights don't produce enough heat to keep them clear from snow...

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

TheRealRoland

Re: I heard something about a 500 error

Same here, colleagues started calling me Don Quixote... Got to keep on fighting those giants! :-/

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Re: Titsup

>If it were "Lying on its back with its legs in the air",

Legz Akimbo!

"Hello, hello? What's going on? What's all this shouting? We'll have no trouble here! Are you local?"

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: I've had enough

Playmobil recreation or it isn't true!

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

TheRealRoland
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Re: Ah!

You were not the first...

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

TheRealRoland

For the people who didn't like it...

Just blink. It'll all go away.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

TheRealRoland

Problem with the 840 EVO

Apparently some problems with TLC in combination with the firmware of this drive (Samsung seems to be ready to release a new firmware around 15th of October)

Older files seem to be stored or accessed differently, whereby the read speed sometimes is as low as 40mb/s (compared to 400 - 500 mb/s). By defragging your drive (thus moving files around) the read speed is restored to the faster speeds, then slowly declining again over time (1 month or so).

See here for more info (halfway through the thread) http://www.overclock.net/t/1507897/samsung-840-evo-read-speed-drops-on-old-written-data-in-the-drive/440

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

TheRealRoland

Re: Call me sceptical

Can you imagine the pranks you can pull with the road sign recognition functionality?

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TheRealRoland

Re: Call me sceptical

Can't hear you over that darned engine noise! What was that again?!

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

TheRealRoland

But not that bigger than

a Samsung Note 3 or 4 (can't remember which one, but i'm sure both of these are close matches themselves) -- the Passport is slightly wider, and a just a bit shorter.

And with the Apple iPhone6 being the bee's knees right now, what are people complaining about? Really, the size? That it's square? I'm sure we'll hear the age-old 'app store is empty!' - you know, i don't need no stinkin' apps.

Remember the immortal words of Huey Lewis and The News: 'it's hip to be square'!

Now, if only this would be available for a CDMA (Verizon) network...

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

TheRealRoland

Re: How could anybody be fearful of terrorism?

"Off with his head!"

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

TheRealRoland

Re: Get a proofreader.

>It's unvelievable!

It's literally unvelievable!

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

TheRealRoland

That Blackberry Passport...

This is going to be a love-hate thing, but i like it. Yes, ugly as heck, but exactly what -I- want. A large touchscreen, and a physical blackberry keyboard. Right now i have the Samsung Note 2 - nice big screen, but i do miss that physical keyboard... And just the Blackberry OS in general. Compared to Android, -I- think things have been thought through much better, especially from a business-use point of view.

"Shut up and take my money!".

But, not holding my breath for Verizon to pick it up in the next couple of months :-(

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

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Re: not convinvced

The 14 years was not just based on this one incident. If i remember correctly, this person was out on parole, already had a couple of earlier warnings on his record, then lied about things, and even had his kids (or her kids) also play around with the laser. All that, combined with his latest action, caused the judge to sentence him for 14 years.

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Re: not convinvced

@stu 4

It sounds like you already made up your mind ("i didn't get hurt, so why should others", right?).

Still, read this article: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/blinding-light-the-us-crackdown-on-not-so-harmless-laser-strikes/

A bit more background info on what pilots see and feel, and how it will impact their work.

And i'm sure with a little bit of googling, more info will show up.

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Re: Alternatively

> they could advise <insert here>

So I guess i'll be waiting to cross when i have a green light - it's a better solution than cracking down on running-red-lighters, right?

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

TheRealRoland

>stolen the Concord

Still grapes on you, huh?

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So you reckon you're a leet infosec warrior. Now you can prove it, pal

TheRealRoland

Re: Talking of drones and clones/machines and muppets and puppets

That's amanfrommars1 for you. Don't read the message, feel the message!

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

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Re: In case you missed it elsewhere . . .

Marinara Trench? Sounds like a buffet at a cheap italian restaurant ;-)

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Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

TheRealRoland

A slightly older article, but lots of info.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4178/10/hardwareinfo-tests-lifespan-of-samsung-ssd-840-250gb-tlc-ssd-updated-with-final-conclusion-final-update-20-6-2013

and more generic, a bit off-topic, about the samsung caching:

http://techreport.com/review/25282/a-closer-look-at-rapid-dram-caching-on-the-samsung-840-evo-ssd

I have an 1TB EVO, granted, just in a work laptop. So far no issues, but i'm sure i'm not using it like a data center would.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

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At least...

I hope those numbers are tasty, when you crunch them...

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

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Re: Translation

Hey! Who are you calling borderline here?

All kidding aside - glad that the Reg readership is considered 'entire IT readership'. High praise!

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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

TheRealRoland

And, don't you have to pay for this privilege? If I remember correctly, the Kindle 3G connection was abused by a lot of people, using it as a tethering device? Last time I checked (granted, almost a year ago) there's a file size limit mentioned somewhere in your amazon kindle account. If the file mailed exceeds that, the file will not be sent across the whisper net (or whatever it is called).

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

TheRealRoland

Re: Foot, meet bullet

That'll get them thinking...

http://www.montypython.net/scripts/irritate-airline.php

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

TheRealRoland

Re: Should

For the car with license plate 'Snaab'? ;-)

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TheRealRoland

Re: Historical

Upvote for that remark. Note to car manufacturers: 6ft6-ers want to drive coupes as well!

Tried the Puma when it first came out. Couldn't even sit down on the seat, couldn't get my head inside the car :-)

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

TheRealRoland

Re: That wasn't smog

smaug?

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

TheRealRoland

similar to 'a robbery gone wrong' ?

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

TheRealRoland

Re: The Barge is...

The Raft?

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

TheRealRoland

But...

so, why didn't they do this when MS-Basic no longer was supported?

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

TheRealRoland

Re: A deabte if they have endangerd him?

a bitcoin, you mean?

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Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

TheRealRoland

Re: A fool and his money are easily parted...

Re: A fool and his money are easily parted...

why is all this anti-google stuff being down voted? I just had to switch over from Exchange to Google Apps/ mail. in the process my android phone now needs different apps (email client, different calendar app, and a bunch of notifier widgets) to be able to do what I was able to before the switchover.

plus, now my data limit is being raided by email synchronization,rather than just for regular stuff.

of course, part is the android phone and any layers the manufacturers put over it, but sjeez. Android = google , right? I was hoping for a bit more (businesslike) integration of things.

then, on the laptop; chrome now has to be open all the time to receive notifications, etc. yeah, sure, there's offline gmail - but that's apparently all gone when you clear-cache; so now still trying to work with outlook using some Google apps sync tool, so that my calendars are synced up.

stuff like that distracts me from being able to do my actual work.

but, probably for desk jockeys, this is an easy fix to save money on those pesky MS licenses, and frees up one or two people from doing Exchange maintenance. compare that to offloading effort onto each of your employees...

give me back my exchange!

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Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

TheRealRoland

to all these multi-multi-paragraph writers

Do you guys have all this stuff ready to be copy-pasted into this small edit window? Or are you really typing this out?

sjeez, complain about stuff in places where it really has an impact.

Or is this just part of some package that the loyal order of global warming deniers society hands out to each registered member?

sjeez, get a job ;-)

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

TheRealRoland
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Re: Bah!

Are you referring to the Memory Effect of homeopathic solutions?

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Re: Necessary?

I'm sure it's all that 'Hop'e Chang'e' stuff ;-)

Hop'e -> hoppy? geddit? No?... hm...

The one with the thermal lining in it, please.

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

TheRealRoland

Re: Domed

'it was a site to behold'....

sigh.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

TheRealRoland

Re: Phablet

just use phlappy instead...

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

TheRealRoland

Re: Going to be a painful future

Not necessary, just drive/fly to Detroit, or drive from Indianapolis to the east for 80 miles or so. a number of Tim Horton's to be found. some are collocated with a Wendy's. I also came across some while driving from Buffalo to Vermont.

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TheRealRoland

Sigh...

Brown shirts.

Yes, invoked godwin's law myself.

Sad...

But not thinking this will be any different in any other country.

Sign of the times.

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

TheRealRoland
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i think the flower is a 'texas blue bonnet' (not an expert, but i seem to remember this name somehow). That would narrow down the area in which this bee would live.

Nice (large!) download of bee species in the US: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/posters/EasternBumblebeesPoster_print.pdf

And more about western state bees: http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/Western_BB_guide.pdf

(apologies for not narrowing it down more - have to work ;-) )

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

TheRealRoland

Re: Shit yourself slim

>hoards of immigrants

I know, isn't it annoying? they keep on collecting stuff. Gotta catch 'em all!

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Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

TheRealRoland

so many possibilities...

finally, that mash up of Babe and Tron is one step closer to reality...

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

TheRealRoland

Re: Nothing will ever top

really, a down vote for that? read this...

http://forum.notebookreview.com/samsung/734915-win-8-1-dont-upgrade-until-samsung-has-updated-drivers-4.html

and still it hasn't been successful for most people.

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TheRealRoland

Re: Nothing will ever top

yeah, am holding off (still) upgrading my Samsung book 8 laptop to 8.1... too many issues with video card drivers

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Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

TheRealRoland

I like the article.

But can you please stop using those autoplay/autostart ads? The Cricket one has a button to mute the sound, which doesn't work.

And these autoplay videos are stealing my data allowance...

And those videos do not entice me to buy products anyways.

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