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1922 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Google's SWOLLEN WINDBAGS circle PLANET, dispensing INTERWEBS

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Can someone explain: what benefits does this offer over satellite internet, given that it presumably needs to connect to a satellite for its upstream connection.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Office for iPad may be good, but an £80 per year subscription to be able to edit files is way to expensive. If they sold the app for maybe £15 - £20, I might consider buying it if the reviews were good, but I'll stick with Kingsoft Office and Apple's own offering for now.

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Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

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Re: model a neurone in one supercomputer

A computer is capable of remembering every time you ask it to calculate a spreadsheet. If the numbers haven't changed since last time you asked, it knows that it doesn't need to calculate those numbers again and it can use the results it already has stored in memory. Of course you can press a button to tell it to forget all the numbers it has already calculated and work it all out again.

But what sort of C or Visual Basic program would you write to enable it to determine whether the spreadsheet was "boring" or not, and how would you program it to get more bored every subsequent time you asked it. Anyway, why would you want to? The reason we get computers to add up big tables of numbers is because, being different to us, they are much better at it than we are, and much more accurate.

Take another example. If you ask a computer to look at a football that is coming towards it, and predict where it is going to land, it will take lots of measurements of the speed and position of the ball, and do lots of calculations based on the laws of physics to work out where it is going to go. If you ask Wayne Rooney to predict where it is going to land, he will draw upon his vast experience of having balls flying towards him, imagine some sort of parabolic curve in the air and predict where it is going to land that way. I don't know if he was any good at maths or physics at school, but I am sure he isn't using any of the knowledge he gained there on the field. This is the sort of thing where humans do better than computers although a very powerful computer probably can now match a human in flight path prediction.

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Re: model a neurone in one supercomputer

I'm not convinced you can model a brain using boolean algebra no matter how powerful your cluster of CPUs or how much memory you have.

If you feed a computer program with the same inputs, it will always produce the same outputs. A brain is not like that.

In any case, computers are so useful because they are not like human brains, and as a result can do certain things a better.

I'm not saying that artificial intelligence is impossible, just that the 1970s technology our current computers have evolved from is not heading down a path that will lead to artificial intelligence. You would need to design completely different hardware that our current programming languages would not work on, or at least our current languages would work as well on it as me reading a computer program and writing out the results of each line of it on paper.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: What's good for the goose...

It is now legal to rip your CDs into mp3 format, flac, alac or whatever and load them onto your phone or iPod, so why shouldn't you be able to rip DVDs and Blu Rays into mp4 format, mkv or whatever and put them on your iPad or some other device?

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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

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Re: Q10

The Androids with good battery life tend to be larger ones like Samsung's Note series which have a big screen and therefore more room behind the screen for a bigger battery.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: Ironic...

The word you are looking for is "homoeopath"

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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£1500 in 1998 money is about £2300 in today's money. Around about 1 month's take home pay for a reasonably well paid person, which as an offshore worker, he would be. I'm sure on his income, the repayments on the loan would be extremely manageable, so he wasn't over-stretching himself.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Colour?

I believe the petition was to Apple, and Apple could solve the problem by offering a choice of emoji fonts.

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Re: Wait a minute there......

Japanese ones? The age of consent is 13 there.

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Re: Seagate Go-Flex

I have a couple of them and swap between Firewire 800 and USB 3 adapters as appropriate. I don't have anything to plug a thunderbolt adapter into, as my MacBook is the one that is Mini-Display port only with no Thunderbolt capabilities.

When I'm next in the market for an external drive, it will probably be another Go-Flex.

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Re: Thunderbolt

Not if you are using a Mini Displayport to HDMI adapter for your monitor, or you connecting to a Displayport monitor. There are very few thunderbolt monitors around other than the model supplied by Apple.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Asda

Tesco's wifi is good because the mobile signal is crap in there and I can use it to check the prices of their stuff on the MySupermarket app.

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Re: "Just don’t let them spot you buying a Vodafone SIM card."

When I bought my Galaxy Note in Carphone Warehouse, I went across the road to the O2 shop and asked for a micro-sim for it. They moved my account over to it even though it is an "unlimited" data plan that is no longer available.

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In any case, it is illegal to advertise or promote baby milk. You don't even get clubcard or nectar points on it for that reason.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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Re: "Someone must pay a cost".

Get a cheaper / slower internet service if you have no interest in streaming. I chose the most expensive package from my ISP because I am interested in streaming and generally downloading lots of things.

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ICO decides against probe of Santander email spam scammers

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If the email address in question is "bradfordbingley@mydomain.com", I would say that is pretty strong evidence.

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UK.gov! frets! over! Yahoo! exodus! to! RIPA-free! Dublin!

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Re: Yahoo has always been the Ryanair of the net

Yahoo Finance and the Yahoo Weather app are pretty good. I use both of them quite frequently.

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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They keep sending me suggestions of printers to put my ink cartridges into.

If I'd bought a printer, then selling the ink would make sense, but people don't buy ink, then wonder where they might get a printer that it works in.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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The ATM doesn't let you do unlimited withdrawals for the next 30 minutes after entering your PIN.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Macs ARE PCs.

Apple's "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads also claimed that a PC is something that runs Windows.

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Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

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Re: SSL?

You have to assume it is possible for someone other than The Royal Bank of Scotland to get an SSL certificate for natwest.com. That sort of thing has happened in the past.

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

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Re: Wasn't this settled years ago???

If you claimed the original purchase as an expense and got a tax deduction, then you will have to pay some of it back when you receive your rebate; if you didn't, then you won't have to pay anything as it is a partial refund of a non-deductible expense.

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Re: Whereas if it was a bank doing these transactions

PayPal is regulated, as an electronic money issuer in the EU, and as a money transfer agent in each US state. Not the same regulations as banks are subject to, but they are regulated.

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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Re: Anonymous

They didn't own real Bitcoins, they owned paper Bitcoins, ie MT Gox owed them money denominated in Bitcoin.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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One of the main benefits of 4G vs 3G is actually better coverage, so it would be stupid to work on improved 3G coverage when there is a better way to do it.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!

But the idea that a washing machine would think, "It's 1st January 1900, I haven't been invented yet, I'd better explode and set the place on fire" was pretty stupid though.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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US$ cash is pretty much banned for transactions over about $15,000 for exactly that reason, but it doesn't stop criminals from using it.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Re: Kettle, met pot, pot meet kettle

ODF works on LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org. That is your two competing implementations.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: A beelion users can't be wrong (can they?)

Sure, you can use Whatsapp to send texts to someone in another country. You can also use Skype, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, BBM or many other services to do the same thing.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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Re: Value, what value?

No, because you prepare your accounts on a going concern basis, which means that you assume you are not going to go bust unless there is evidence to the contrary.

In that case, you still have the software, and if it continues to bring benefits to your business of the sort you hoped to get when you bought it, then you show it as an asset.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Re: dumb question but...

The Apple version of it requires you to enter a password to re-activate the phone. I believe you can still track it. As far as I can see, the Google version works in much the same way.

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Re: Buyer beware

Android device manager does let you lock your phone if you have the August update for Google Play.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: Atari 2600

No, he could use that as a weapon. I suggest a bit of foam on the floor.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

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Re: One more sign that microsoft ...

MS Excel was available for Macs before it was available for Windows. This is nothing new.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Final Cut Pro X?

Isn't there an issue with it having to phone home regularly, which might be a problem if for example you are shooting a nature documentary in Antarctica.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Will the next iPhone even be the iPhone 6? The latest iPad is the iPad air rather than the iPad 5, so if there is a significant change to the size or form factor of the iPhone, it may get a similar new name. Alternatively, if it is just an minor incremental release, then it might be the iPhone 5Sx or something like that.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: wat

The original version of OSX was released in March 2001, XP was released in August 2001.

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Re: How about

I believe a lot of the software is browser based, but only works on ie6, which of course is not available on Windows 7.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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ITV 1 is a public service channel. The other ITV channels are not.

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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I guess it is a nightmare to use if your computers are in different locations and you don't have Remote Desktop facilities.

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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Have they picked the right tablet

The iPad is a bit too big to pull out while you are on the move in the street. I would have thought something about 6" - 7" that you can fit in a large pocket would be better. Also I would want something a bit more rugged when you have criminals around you.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Macs can run Windows, so why not? The iPhone hardware is capable of running Android without modification.

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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Re: glad to see those minds put to good use

The difference is having electronic sensors wired directly into his nervous system, and from there to his brain.

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

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Re: DDOS

They can get a court order to shut down the chat room. They don't need to DOS it.

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Re: DDOS

I don't think Ed Milliband is a terrorist, but what about Bob Crow?

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/11/section/1

The use or treat of an action [namely strike action]

The use or threat is designed to influence the government [to not close ticket offices]

and the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial, or ideological cause [It is a political cause in this case]

It involves serious violence against a person [no]

serious damage to property [no]

endangers a person's life other than that of the person committing the action [maybe, causes congestion which blocks ambulances]

creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public [all that overcrowding on buses and trains?]

is designed to interfere with or seriously disrupt an electronic system [The tube is an electronic system, and it has been seriously disrupted]

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Crafty French hackers tweak 'My Account' page, slurp 800,000 Orange users' details

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I would imagine the orange.fr website dates from before France Telecom took over Orange and changed its own name to Orange.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Yes

I guess I lose this particular competition. I have a Galaxy Note 2, and don't see any need to upgrade to this year's model.

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

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Re: Avoid the commodity

I had WordPerfect 6 running on Windows 3.11 on a 486SX with 4MB RAM. It was bearable if you had about a page of text, but if you had much more than that, it got very slow. I was a student at the time, which meant lots of long documents with charts and diagrams pasted into it.

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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Re: Scary Stuff

The font used for numberplates is designed for use with OCR systems. I'm not really sure a QR code would be any better. With the current system, if the computer can't read it, it can ask a human for help, and usually the human will be able to read the number plate from the photo. However, a human would not be able to read a QR code.

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