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1850 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Re: we know that nuclear power is safe

If you only care about body-count, then nuclear scores pretty well. However Chernobyl and Fukushima have left large areas of land uninhabitable for the next 1000 years or so. How many people are starving to death every year who wouldn't be starving to death if that part of Ukraine and Belarus could be used as productive farmland to produce more food?

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Re: The Usual Silliness

The tree-huggers would like us to go back to travelling on horse-back and on rowing boats. If two horses bump into each other, not much happens; so a lot safer than cars.

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Indian gov bans bulk texts as workers flee Bangalore

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Or to be able to buy the cheapest stuff for their farm, and sell the stuff for the best price; or browse recruitment sites to find jobs, and contact potential employers to arrange interviews.

My only concern is that £133.33 per handset seems pretty expensive.

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

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Re: Idea

I'm glad it works for you, but I certainly wouldn't want my parcels left with the neighbours. A local Paypoint shop would be much more convenient.

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Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box

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Re: Why on earth would you want to pay over the top rpice for an Apple television ?

The benefit of having an Apple TV would be that you don't have loads of boxes attached to your screen, you don't have loads of different remotes to control them, and you don't have to navigate lots of completely different, confusing interfaces to use them.

There are lots of people who would switch from Virgin to Sky or vice versa if only one of them offered the Apple TV. You shouldn't underestimate the potential for extra customers.

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Boffins say Vodka Red Bulls make you sensible

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Studies on Buckfast, which has even more caffeine than Red Bull suggest that it isn't a good thing to take if you want to remain "sensible".

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Bitcoinica sued for $460,000 by 'out-of-pocket' punters

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Re: Caveat emptor

The argument in favour of bitcoins appears to run as follows:

"Fiat currency is a massive ponzi scheme backed by inadequate collateral and weak ineffective regulation. The answer to this problem is to put your money in a massive ponzi scheme backed by absolutely zero collateral and no regulation whatsoever."

I know the bitcoin astroturfers will be furiously hitting the red arrow a few pixels away from this comment, but who in their right mind would trust even a single Zimbabwean Dollar to an outfit that has a domain registered with a proxy owner, no address on their website and is not registered with a Financial Services Authority or similar anywhere in the world?

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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Re: Fast charging

However, electric cars were around before diesel and later petrol cars were invented. People did charge their cars at home, and an 8 hour charge would get them a 20-30 mile range. A couple of litres of peanut oil, which isn't that flammable, would give them a similar range, and the car could potentially carry a lot more than that. That is why the internal combustion engine became a popular choice to power cars.

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Re: @Tom 38

No, but everyone switches their kettle on when the closing credits for Eastenders appears, or at the ad break in the middle of Coronation Street.

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Office 2013 to eat own file-format dog food

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Re: Twat alert

Well the stuff carved on rocks is pretty easy to read. However I have no idea how you plan to read a WordPerfect file stored on a 5.25" floppy, or even worse, one of the other competing formats that was around at the same time. At least with WordPerfect, if you can sort out the hardware problems, the current version of WordPerfect will read it. If it is one of the competing non-PC computers, then it would be even more difficult.

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SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE

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Re: Evil pirates of the high seas!

Leonardo Da Vinci died in 1519, so the copyright on the Mona Lisa has long since expired. You can buy copies of it in many places, try the National Gallery shop for example. In any case, some of the earliest copies of the Mona Lisa were done by Leonardo's apprentices with Leonardo himself showing them how to do it, and some of them are in better condition than the original in the Louvre.

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Vodafone UK web titsup blamed on 'holiday maintenance'

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Holidays quietest time?

Surely holiday times are when people are most likely to want to look at the website. If they are going on holiday they want to know whether they can leave the phone on without their phone bill matching the GDP of a small country within a few seconds of arriving in the country or whether they should take the battery and sim card out of the phone, wrap everything in separate pieces of tin-foil and use it only for extreme emergencies.

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The 'experts' who never see BBM will never understand RIM

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Re: BBM for Android/iPhone/Windows/Linux?

There are enough people already on Blackberry Messenger for teenagers to specifically chose a Blackberry as their phone so they can keep in touch with their friends.

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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

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"Our homeopathic water will cure cancer allegedly"

Will get you into just as much trouble (a stern telling off from the Advertising Standards Authority) as if you missed off the word "allegedly". It is in breach of the Cancer Act and the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations.

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Cars, lorries stalked via GPS to create live traffic super-map

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Re: Ease congestion on the M25?

If you slow people down gradually when there is congestion ahead, they don't slam on the breaks when they see a wall of traffic ahead. That means you get a steady 40-50mph through the congested area rather than stop-start waves that continue for hours after the blockage is cleared. That is why the temporary speed limits work very well.

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Hello nasty, don't use my music: Deceased Beastie Boy to admen

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Re: Very strange behaviour indeed

$6,000,000 will get you an income of somewhere between $60,000 and $90,000 per year if you put it in secure investments. I don't know how many people that has to be split between, but if it is more than about 2, then it probably isn't enough to live a middle class lifestyle never mind not having to worry about money again.

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Re: Very strange behaviour indeed

There is a big difference between selling a song to a company for them to play to their customers in the normal course of business, eg a radio station, a nightclub etc, and selling it to a company for use in advertising materials.

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Vodafone and pals can't kick the habit of cheap mobe prices

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My sim-only contract is 300 minutes, unlimited* texts and unlimited* internet for £15.32 per month. When I looked at the extra cost to get a handset, it worked out over the term of the contract to be pretty much exactly the same amount extra as buying the handset. That means that provided I remembered to either get a new phone or switch to sim only on the exact month the contract expires, I get an interest free loan. Any delays in doing so are their profit.

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Apple Mountain Lion file points to Mac Pro update

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Is this really news?

Can you only install windows from a USB stick on computers that don't have optical drives?

Otherwise, the only news here is that Apple plans to release a new model in two of their product lines at some point in the future, which isn't really very surprising.

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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Re: So "Metro" is taken...

Subway is a sandwich retailer

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Luminex rips virtual tape from data centres, shoves it in the cloud

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Re: There is NO BACKUP in the CLOUD, ONLY VAPOR

If that shelf is in the same building as the server it is backing up, then it doesn't protect against some of the hazards that could affect your data, such as fire, flood, physical theft and so on. A cloud backup, being off-site may provide better protection. It is a good idea to have both.

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Kaspersky spots Zeus for BlackBerry

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Re: Hardly a surprise

Problem is most Blackberries these days are used by 15 year old youngsters.

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Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts

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There are quite a few banks that text you a code to type in to the website when you make a payment.

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Software disaster zone Knight Capital bags $400m lifeline

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Re: but what if...

Very unlikely given the nature of the problem.

If you look at the price of shares on the market, you get two prices, a lower price at which you can sell them, and a higher price at which you can buy them.

In this situation, if you start firing off hundreds of buy and sell orders every second, you are guaranteed to lose money, and that is what happened to them.

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Microsoft offers alternative Lync-like web chat spec to W3C

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Re: Dear Microsoft

And Skype is the de-facto standard

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Samsung fingered in child labour allegations at China plant

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Re: Tell you what....

Apple make pretty decent profits, but not 76% of turnover.

For starters, 20% of the £750 selling price goes to George Osborne in the form of VAT. Then there is the import duty, the costs of running your local Apple store, transportation, the costs of installing and setting up the equipment in the factories, the cost of wages the cost of designing and developing the iDevice, the cost of the software and so on. £180 may well get you a bundle of components at various factory gates around the world, but turning that into a fully functional iDevice waiting for you at your local Apple Store costs quite a bit of money.

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God-botherers burst onto IPTV Freeview: The End is Nigh

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Re: people babbling in tongues

I'm thinking along the lines of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqNLMuijRyU - from about 4'45". They claim to be evangelicals. Perhaps Pentecostals do it as well.

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Re: people babbling in tongues

No. Evangelicals over there spend a lot of their time speaking actual genuine gibberish. They believe it is the holy spirit taking over their body. I sometimes wonder if it is a different kind of spirit.

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France's biggest Apple reseller shuts up shop

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You mean "le monde ordinateur personnel"? Franglais is not very popular over there.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Re: So: Windows Marina then.

I think Windows P45 would be better. For people in the US who don't get the reference, it could be renamed to Windows Pink Slip.

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Re: They should do it the Apple way...

Sorry, for the benefit of those outside the UK/Ireland, a cash and carry is a type of shop that sells things in bulk, primarily to shopkeepers.

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Re: They should do it the Apple way...

From reports elsewhere, it appears it is a German cash & carry outfit that are complaining about it.

The French borrowed the name for their underground railway from the District and Metropolitan Railway in London, which was often shortened to the Met or Metro. It became more frequently known as "The Tube" some time after they added actual tube tunnels to the network. The Geordies call their underground network "The Tyne and Wear Metro"

As pointed out elsewhere there is also a 1980s car made by the British Leyland Group with that name.

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Tracking Android phones is easy, says researcher

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Re: A-GPS Not Using Wi-Fi? Huh?

You are most likely getting location information over wifi rather than a-gps. My iPod touch can only use wifi for location, as it has no GPS or cell connection. When it is connected to the internet via my tethered android, the location the iPod shows on for example Google Maps is pretty accurate and regularly updates itself if for example I am on a train.

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Re: Interesting

I guess you will be able to build your own computer, but you will have to install a retail copy of Windows 8 on it.

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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

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Re: Good news

Durgledoggy is a convicted paedophile by the way.

[Actually, I have no idea whether he is nor not, that is just an example of something you shouldn't be allowed to say unless it is true]

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RBS: June's tech enormo-cock-up cost us £125m

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Re: …RBS missold them insurance (interest rate swaps)

Manipulating LIBOR is part of the story, but not the whole story.

They manipulated the rate downwards so that they could make more money from the swaps they issued, but that is not what the mis-selling scandal is about. They sold swaps that were not appropriate for the customers, for example they sold a 15 year swap to insure against a 5 year loan, so the customer had a lot of expenditure after they thought the loan was paid off.

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Hiring a British person at c£50k a year who actually knows how to operate this software isn't a "meaningful" cost in the overall scheme of things. That is probably all they need to do to sort this out.

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None of the £125m would be related to their own fines. That is just them not making additional profit from fines.

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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Re: Premium rate numbers

0845 numbers have not been "local" numbers for some time now. There is a small kickback for them which is how the dial-up ISPs funded their service back in the day.

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Nokia stuffs Groupon deals into Maps app

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Re: Why does a fish need a pedicure?

A fish pedicure is where you put your feet in a fish tank for half an hour and let the fish nibble away at your feet.

I have no idea why anyone would want to do that, and saying as the fish pedicure place in my local shopping centre closed down after about a month, it would appear nobody else sees the attraction either.

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Microsoft RTMs final Windows 8 and Server 2012 code

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Re: @Ken

Nothing changed from the release candidate some of us downloaded a while back ...

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Microsoft: MED-V won't help you escape WinXP end-of-life

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Re: And When I'm in Charge

Customers want to stay with Windows XP because it works, and continuing to use it costs nothing. Even if Microsoft gave away Windows 7 for free along with new computers to run it on, a lot of companies would stick with XP due to the costs of migration.

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New version of Chrome can WATCH and LISTEN

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Re: In soviet Russia

Chatroulette is Russian, and that is an example of a place where the porn watches you.

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

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Re: App store

If you write a game and sell it to Gamestation for them to put on their shelves, it is their responsibility to ensure that only people of the correct age buy it. I guess it is the same if you get Google or Apple to sell it for you.

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O2 dropped the ball in Olympic cycle race Twitter fiasco

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Twitter isn't the main culprit

I was at the race - outside Harrods rather than Box Hill, and a lot of people were trying to watch TV footage of the race on the BBC Olympics app on their iPhones and Androids, not surprisingly without much success.

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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

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Re: Luckily no Olympic rings visible

They have the Olympic rings visible on the side of the swimming pool (sorry "Aquatics Centre").

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Samsung plonks universal search BACK into Galaxy S IIIs

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Re: Fail

Well MFI was a British company, and their tables couldn't withstand people looking at them never mind sneezing near them.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

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but they made sure he wasn't carrying any dangerous substances such as Evian mineral water, so the public were not at risk.

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Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report

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Re: Did you just...

He did. I got as far as that word, realised the post was written in corporate bs speak, and moved my eyes onto the next comment.

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Re: Duh!

Because while you probably can run an app designed for a 24" screen with keyboard and mouse on a 3" touchscreen phone, it isn't really a good idea. You need to completely redesign the interface for a smaller screen and different input methods.

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