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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

John 110

Re: YOU CAN HAVE MY 'FIRST BORN'

I agree, although I think I might hold out for fast broadband as well.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: ".. I can't be the only one who's seen the prices of the new iPhones..........."

@AC

"Yes you can compare a £500 iPhone to a Moto G - it's not that the Moto G is a bad phone (it's not) but it's like comparing (and pardon the car analogy) a Vauxhall Astra to a Mercedes."

Which one is which again?

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

John 110

Re: Prejudice and reasonable people

You're absolutely right, I consider myself chastised (curse this damn shoulder-chip!!)

I think most people see Salmond's job as the achievement (or at least, the promotion) of the SNP ideal of Scottish independence. I don't think many foresee him lasting long in post-referendum government....

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John 110

What I find fascinating

What I find fascinating, is not all that political bullshit (after all, it's in no-ones best interest for part of the British Isles to go down the pan) but that nobody South of the border seems to understand why perfectly reasonable people (yes we are, if you disagree, then I call prejudice) would want to take such a huge step into the unknown.

If the Scots truly felt like valued members of the community, and if they didn't feel like a test bed for trying out policies that might be unpopular (Poll Tax, anyone?) then they might not feel that separation is a solution. The idea of gaining independence and having to make our way by ourselves, knowing that our Southern neighbours are just waiting for a misstep, is such a scary thing that no-one would undertake it unless they felt the alternative was untenable.

But what do I know, I'm just a naive IT guy.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

John 110

Re: Burning man

...but the wicker man in the (classic - Edward Woodward) film was a makey-up* religious practise invented by some upper-class nutter to ensure a good harvest.

*A bit like the scottish accent affected by Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee (and most of the rest of the cast...)

(NB I have also heard the the Roman writers bigged-up these Human Sacrifce stories to justify their mass subjugation of the barbarians. Although why they felt they had to, I don't know)

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iPhone NFC: 'Apple, photos and security ... WHAT could go WRONG?'

John 110

"I hope someday The Register will grow up,"

I hope it won't!!

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

John 110

Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

@ThomH "What Would Stallman Do?"

Stallman would probably

a) not be locked in with a Kindle

or

b) use a Kindle for its portability, battery life and readability in bright sunlight and make backups of his books in a format that's not locked in by DRM...

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

John 110

Re: why?

Sadly, you're right. I chose a lightweight distro to put on my chromebook based on two things - does the trackpad work and does it look good (LXLE in the end if anybody's wondering)

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

John 110
FAIL

@Mr Common Sense

I don't think that comic means what you think it means....

(NB: you did check out the hovertext, didn't you?)

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

John 110
Mushroom

John Sheridan? (who went to Z'ha'dum anyway -- AND CAME BACK!)

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

John 110

"New rule: if you're going to constantly compare X government action to 1984 in the usual tiring Daily Mail way, you have to have read it first."

What, every time??!!

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

John 110
IT Angle

or you could go even more downmarket...

The Tesco round the corner has a cafe offering free wifi with your clubcard, adequate coffee and a selection of cakey things sourced from their in-store bakery.

I also have to confess an sneaky liking for MacDonald's coffee (also their free wifi). I wouldn't eat any of their "cakes" though. (and like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Millhone I am guiltily fond of a Quarter pounder with cheese - a Royale, if you prefer...)

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

John 110

Re: Self service checkouts

"... If you're buying a basket full of booze, knives and glue "

Duct tape! You forgot the duct tape!!.

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

John 110
Unhappy

Re: But...

Good for you @buzzword. Buried in the bowels of a concrete hospital as I am, I have NO mobile coverage.

Also, in a hospital environment like ours, the majority of people who need roaming contact carry bleeps and have to find a phone when they go off. It would be a lot more useful to carry a proper communicator. If only we got a signal!!

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Psst. Hey, Jock. I got £100m for outsourcers here. Fancy a hit?

John 110

Surely...

...You mean "Hey, jimmy!!"

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

John 110

Re: Controller?

"wouldn't you want to stream straight into the back of a TV, rather than an 8" screen"

I suppose that depends on whether you're fighting your family for the TV (just like the old ZX81 days...)

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

John 110

Re: I DON'T GIVE A FLYING F***K

"FWIW: ladies, I now insist my dates bring birth certificate and passport and prefer to rely on that rather than any alternative information they may choose to offer."

Once you've actually clapped eyes on them (or even talked to them!) and they passed muster, why does their documentation matter?

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

John 110

Slingshot!!

Time travel!!! It'll be able to go back and save itself....

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

John 110
Coat

Scrolly, scrolly...

I thought that said Brolly... now there's a good idea for a flexible screen, the ability to work in the rain.

Where's my car keys, I'm off down the patent office.

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

John 110

Re: Do we need

Maybe a tee-shirt with a myriad of embedded infrared LEDs...

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John 110
Coat

Completely off-topic

+500 for the Bladerunner references

me going to a party as Deckard-------->

Damn! failed the Voight-Kampff test again

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

John 110
Joke

Re: In this case

Scottish joke -

"Return the Elgin Marbles to Elgin"

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

John 110
Coat

Not everyone works in an office

I have 40 users working at 15 shared machines switching from a terminal emulator, running a LIMS, to various specialised laboratory applications running in the browser (IE8 on Win XP) to software interfacing with analysers (some of which hasn't been updated by the manufacturer since Windows 95). Oh and we're a Microbiology lab, no touching the screen (keyboards are a necessary evil that are cheap enough to be replaced). And we're only one of the labs here, and we're not a particularly big one.

Voice and touch tiles just won't do the job in this environment, neither will obscure methods of switching applications. And hiding running apps away is definitely out of the question, what happens then is people fire up more instances until the processor runs out of grunt and the system fan is whining like concorde.

I'll get my coat, it's the Howie one with gram stain down the front.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

John 110

Re: Anyone...

"...rummaging..."

You've been to our lab then? Are you a CPA inspector?

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

John 110
Unhappy

What!!?

That's NOT Lindsay Lohan? I'm not buying it then. What a gyp!!

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Comet-chasing Rosetta spies SWEATY prey

John 110
Alien

Does this mean....

Does this mean that we don't have to invade Earth and steal the water, we actually flew past gallons on the way in!!

Dammit!!

Somebody find me the keys for the saucer, I'm off home.

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

John 110

Re: Missed some

"...An airhorn doesn't shift some numpties who utterly ignore bells. Trust me, I've tried!..."

Doesn't the old sail-before-steam adage apply here? As a pedestrian (often pushing a wheelchair, but not always), I know that I don't have the reaction time to hear a bell, think "oh, that was a bike bell", turn round to see where it came from and attempt to leap to safety before I'm run down by some speed king on a bike.

Surely it's up to the cyclists to watch out for pedestrians in a mixed bike/pedestrian environment?

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For one night only – Ibsen classic gets the Dolby Atmos treatment

John 110
Joke

oo...err

"A healthy dose of syphilis..."

Ooo..err missus!!

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

John 110

Biological sciences

I don't really think the biological sciences throw up boffins as such. In my neck of the woods, we tend to be worker drones or medics.

Because exceptions prove the rule, I have to give kudos to the Doctor in our lab (in the early 70's) who designed and built (with the aid of a local blacksmith) a laminar flow cabinet that could be used as a portable operating theatre. Sadly he died before more than a prototype was demonstrated.

Also the pioneer in using maggots to clean wounds (that sort of ickiness kind of screams "boffin") who went on holiday, forgetting that he had left an incubator full of maggots. He returned to an incubator full of greenbottles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_bottle_fly) (well, it was full until he opened it....) We still see the occasional greenbottle bumbling past 15 years later.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

John 110

White coats (was Re: Before acquiescing to his demand...)

The lab block in the large UK teaching hospital where I work has a complex hierarchy of white coats. like so:

University employees: don't wear coats, just latex gloves (which they proceed to use to grasp doorhandles etc)

NHS employees have a sub hierarchy.

Blood sciences (a largely automated discipline) : Pristine white coats, single breasted, but buttoned for safety reasons.

Microbiology : Double breasted Howie coats (mad scientist specials) usually spattered with Gram stain and peppered with holes where acid is spilled. (it is a point of pride NOT to have "biological" material on your coat!)

Histopathology : as Micro, but with much more staining, especially towards the rear (the most convenient place to wipe stain off your hands...) and added paraffin wax and plaster and various toxic substances (usually with benzene rings in them).

Medics of various ilks tend to wear unbuttoned standard coats when they leave their room, but not down to the wards (Infection control issue)

Hope this helps....

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

John 110
Mushroom

Re: Humans > robots?

Hands up anyone that thinks that we might need the expertise to live in a less-than-human-friendly environment one day (possibly soon).

You at the back! Is your hand up or what?

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

John 110

Re: Fingers crossed...

The booklet was written by Famed british SF author (sadly no longer with us), Rob Holdstock.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Holdstock

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

John 110
Trollface

Office 97!!!

Wimp!!!

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

John 110
FAIL

Re: Single player is onanism

idiot

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

John 110

Re: I guess it's official

"people in positions of trust, power and influence"

So, like teachers and scoutmasters then?

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

John 110
FAIL

Re: Keeping Windows XP alive is not good for anyone

"That's so your industry's fault for tolerating proprietary drivers. Everything should have been open, so you could drive it with whatever operating system exists in 20 years. Do you expect a PC platform to last for 20 years? That's insane."

Meanwhile, out here in the real world....

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John 110
Joke

Re: no

@king of foo "Sometimes you need a flood. A flood with piranha's. And an open sewer main."

Sharks, surely! (ref: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

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USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec

John 110
Joke

"Instead, they'll use WiGi, WiFi or maybe even UWB "

or psychic powers? Superheroes shouldn't be left out! (or they go off....)

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

John 110
Stop

Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.

@Uffish

Mr Average took home £9.75 a week in 1953. I got less than £20 a week at my first job in 1971.

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China's annual TV smear segment drags Nikon's name through the mud

John 110

aren't

Aren't Nikon cameras and lenses made in China anyway?

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

John 110
Pint

Oh THAT kind of Dram. Worried there for a minute!!

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

John 110

Two words (and an ellipsis)

Tandy catalogue...

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

John 110
Pint

Re: Central London?

@Boris

"And besides... my doc does'nt let me drink ... so I'll have to raise a virtual one

Boris"

Switch to OpenOffice, the odt doesn't care whether you drink or not. And it's free (as in beer)...

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

John 110
WTF?

Optional

?Slippery when wet?

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

John 110

Re: Haribo.

...but they're just so tasty...

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

John 110

Re: Don't leave me hanging

+1

(The post is required, and must contain letters.)

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

John 110

Re: "$ur4ht4ub4h8", a play on words relating to a chapter of the Koran

I think there are 2 "R" in sporran.

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UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

John 110

Wait...that picture...

This chip design is obviously based on Level 5 of that Amstrad CPC classic, "Oh Mummy"

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

John 110

>I also note that the car appears to move itself during the day under the canopy

Could you steal it with a judiciously applied umbrella?

"It followed me home, can I keep it?"

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John 110
Joke

Re: bad things happen when solar vehicles run out of juice

>bad things happen when solar vehicles run out of juice

>Anyone seen the Vin Diesel movie Pitch Black?

>I for one don't want to get stranded in a solar power vehicle at night!

>Just saying...

Especially not in Aberdeen (or Birmingham)...

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