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

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Unhappy

Win 8.1 my old nemesis....

So they have given us back the ability to click a red cross in a non-resizable app to shut it down. Obviously no one at MS has the task bar at the top of the screen set to auto-hide as I do. They have also removed the grab from top and sweep down to close the app on desktop mode. Can you see the issue I am having? Yep if I want to close an app first my auto-hide taskbar gets in the way, then the charms on the top right get in the way and finally I might be able to click the red cross.......

This is a sign of progress.......

I had just got used to win 8 - now win 8.1 has put me back to square one. Yes I could have the task bar on the bottom but I have it at the bottom for my work PC (that I remote into) so I can easily tell the difference on which machine I am on at anyone time.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Step away from the animation suite

Ahh the videos - had fantastically funny, in-between episodes, voice over. Such a shame it wasn't on the DVDs.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Global Warming?

So you don't know what is changing, how it will change, when it will change and can't predict these changes but somehow we "know" we have damaged the environment?

That sir is faith. Not science.

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Re: Climate Scientist. . . hahahahaha. . . good one!

Actually no. It goes back to 1996 two years before the 1998 el Niño. Merely starting from today and working backwards. The RSS as a satellite record (therefore isn't prone to the errors in the surface record) only goes back to 1979 so for half the satellite record there has been no warming (and definitely not accelerating unless accelerating downwards is what the poster was implying).

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Re: Climate Scientist. . . hahahahaha. . . good one!

Yes like the RSS temperature record that shows no significant warming for the last seventeen and a half years..... or the increase in global sea ice..... or the comparable temperature increase profile with the warming in the 30s and 40s.... Those sorts of "verifiable and observable evidence" yes?

Oh and that word "accelerating" I don't think it means what you think it means.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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Trollface

Over priced and underpowered

So should fit in nicely with the rest of Alienware's range.........

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Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

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Necromunda!

Damn-it now I have to spend this evening digging around the attic for my Escher figurines.....

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Trollface

So if my girlfriend.....

Is object oriented (changes position depending on the object), has terrible garbage collection (I have to manually take out the trash) and frequently runs out of memory (forgets things) then I can compare her to a rose but not Java?

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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

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Re: The 1980's called

Takes me back - had a 30MB hard card in my PC 1640 (5.25 and 3.5 DD took up the drive bays in the front). Add and adlib card and game card (for analogue joysticks) and that was my Amstrad's three 8bit ISA slots maxed out......

EGA wing commander at 8 MHz was a bit of a lag fest........

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Holmes

I think he's already got one.....

Is this any different than the http://pda.jcheck.com/firstcapitalconnect I use already?

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

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Re: Controversy abounds…

Reduce global warming - are you mad sir? Global warming out of an ice age is the only thing that gives us enough food to eat and enough water to drink. If the glaciers start expanding again - total arable land will reduce, growing seasons will shorten, sea levels will drop, extreme weather events will increase in number and duration and as the oceans uptake more CO2 as they cool, plants will reduce in numbers and the deserts will expand.

Global warming might cause a few issues in the next 2 centuries (nothing bad this century according to the IPCC AR5 report) but global cooling is faster and far more detrimental to life on this planet.

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Eureka...

I have the solution. Give me the £10 million. I will use this to prove conclusively that an increase from 200 ppm to 600 ppm of CO2 in a water triple point dominated atmospheric system does not lead to catastrophic climate change.

We can then start spending some of the $1 billion dollars a day wasted on researching "climate change" on solving the 6 problems above.

QED

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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

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Re: I guess the UK would have to have a law prohibiting fracked gas from export to get low prices

Strange view of markets you have there. The price is not "set" but is a consequence of supply and demand. If the supply is reduced the price goes up - the more players in the market the less likely any single supplier can control the price (without collusion that is - e.g. OPEC).

If a price for one resource rises it can make certain extraction techniques financially viable (e.g. fracking) - if it drops then these methods are no-longer viable. Given the length of time and money it can take to get particular method of energy supply off the ground governments sometimes provide financial guarantees in a we'll buy at x price (above market rates) for the next y number of years (wind/solar/nuclear all have such guarantees in the UK).

So no the price is not "set" by the "international market".

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Smash 'n' grab: Fighting GODZILLA in your lounge? Read this first

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Re: Oh, no, there goes Tokyo

First thing that came to my mind as well - so thumbs up for the quick youtube find. Now where did I leave that Blue Öyster Cult LP?

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Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

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Terminator

Time to test your 133t skillz

And be the first to hack some cows.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Bit of a stretch

This is only on the one side and a small part of Antarctica - you are erroneously extending this to the entire Antarctic. The record ice extent is around most of Antarctica not just near this glacier. Hence what you say does not apply.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Intel 5200 at 4K?

It might support 4k but it won't game at 4k - passmark score puts it in the Radeon HD 5670 class (a three generations old mid range card good for 1680x1050 resolutions) .

Given as you can get a low profile version of the HD7750 I suspect a weaker CPU plus small discrete card would be a better combination.

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Boffins say hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

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Re: Funny how they only discover these things after the data makes it clear

I probably wouldn't use the MET office as an example for super computer predictive excellence - their model has been shown to run "hot" pretty much consistently. Their predictive accuracy has been shown to be less than a random walk model and the amount of howlers they have published concluded with them no longer publically releasing their long term forecasts (though HM gov still gets a copy).

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

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Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

So take the 1000 times then. So a doubling of CO2 leads to an increase of about 3 degrees in the atmosphere (including feedbacks - IPCC bad case scenario) - so this is 3/1000 of a degree warming in the oceans........

So rough approximation of square root of f' all (all things being equal).

Again where is the problem AC? Even AR5 says the likelihood of anything negative happening before 2100 is at the "very low confidence" level.

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Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

You need to go back to school. The heat capacity of the oceans is magnitudes greater than the atmosphere. Ergo for all intensive purposes it is infinite. So if the heat is somehow magically going into the oceans now when it wasn't before it makes global warming a non-problem (for the heat to come back out of the oceans would require the laws of physics to change - and y' canna' change the laws of physics).

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Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

17 years 7 months and counting (RSS satellite data not the crappy Hadcrap4 with UEA (missing R there surely) hands all over it). Heck the whole warming period that got Jimmy Hansens knickers in a twist was only 22 years.

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Time is running out.....

Yep time is running out before everyone, even the most hardened Skeptical science/Real climate/Sci American/Nature subscribing echo chamber-ist, realises that CO2 is not the global thermostat they thought it was.

As temperatures drop well beyond what can be fiddled in the global temperature data sets as the real threat of a maunder minimum little ice age approaches the fear of a backlash will grow.

Keep an eye on the satellite temperature sets and buy thermals.

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

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Gimp

Re: Sigh

May I be the first to offer my apologies to whomever has been using my TV's mic and webcam to spy on me. I hope the therapy goes well and that the agency you work for foots the bill.

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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Happy

Re: I agree

Finally a replacement for my Quickshot II turbo.

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Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

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Devil

Re: Sneaky bastards

Ahhh but they are convinced the reason you are not using the interface formally known as metro is that you haven't given it a chance - by sneakily driving you back they expect an epiphany.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Meh

Can't see this catching on....

Nice to see a little innovation but I can't see this catching on in a big way. 4K won't even take off until you can pick one up for around the £200-£300 or future equivalent. Given as most content in future will be streamed in whatever definition your system will cope with there will be no "forced" uptake of beyond HD. From what I have seen the "full HD" experience worth less to consumers than the "nice big thin TV" - so the drivers that changed living rooms from CRT to LCD/Plasma do not exist for LCD/Plasma HD to 4K or 3D or Curved or a combination of the three.

I may be wrong but what would be nice is a little more innovation in the Audio department - flat screen TVs have terrible to dire sound quality.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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How long.....

Yep just checked - I first got an gmail account on the first of November 2004.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Gimp

It will be a re-imagining of

The Star Wars Holiday special......

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: As if this will make people happy!

Wow- now you've explained it I'll rush off an but win8 right away...... alright I won't I've already got win8 installed and even now after 3 months of use it still finds ways to annoy me (did you know that dragging an app to the bottom of the screen doesn't always close the app - I didn't (talking to you useless mail app)).

Even with classic shell installed and file associations set to desktop programs (took me about an hour to get it to work like my previous Vista install - sucker for punishment me) every now and then it will fire-up in app mode (and on a 28 inch screen this is not an efficient use of screen estate) . If it would let me run the start screen in a window (so acting like a shortcuts folder that I create and used on all previous versions of windows - if I'm drinking coffee I only have the one hand free) then I probably wouldn't get annoyed so much.....

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Coat

If ICT was cool and fun.....

Why is it only us nerds/geeks in here?

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Not enough Women in the Drainage and Sewer Maintenance industries either.

I look forward to the EU campaign to redress this imbalance.......

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Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON

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Re: Facts

1 - CO2 does not "absorb more heat" - CO2 absorbs a thin band of electro magnetic radiation in the IR frequency range by dipole moment changes. These IR photons do not have the momentum to increase the translational kinetic energy of the CO2 molecule (temperature) instead the dipole moment changes are transmitted via collisions (with non-IR absorbing O2 or N3) before the photon is re-emitted (or at least that's what the GHG theory postulates).

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Re: To the first AC:

So you've Debunked the RSS satellite temperature record have you? SkS is a propaganda site run by a comic strip artist (John Cook)

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Re: To the first AC:

"we know that warming is almost certain to accelerate"

Erm no we don't and if the last 17 and a half years of no global warming (RSS) is anything to go by then acceleration is not the word you are after.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Re: London's a pain in the arse to get to...

I used to live around the corner from there - never a decent pub that side of the river at the time..... Sorcerer or the Copperfield used to be my usual haunts.

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

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Given the anniversary last week...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31600K9A154

The Amstrad CPC 464 version......

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Mode 7 Starwing?

Mode 7 was the videotex compatible text mode implemented using the SAA5050 chip.......

My mistake - wrong nostalgia thread.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Code was "Midnight Sun"

Quickly escalated into MAD if you started to use nukes (and if you managed to outflank the Warsaw pact forces and march on into East Germany).

Best to hope for as NATO is fighting the pact into a stalemate.

(yes I spent too long playing this game as well).

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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Re: I got one for Christmas........

Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Science_Fiction_(Bookshelf)) was my first stop.

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Happy

I got one for Christmas........

Been great finding lots of Sci-fi magazine stories from the fifties for free.......

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Still use

my fx-7000GA purchased for my A-levels. Have the 7700 (I upgraded for university) as well but it eats batteries at an alarming rate (and I don't need the additional functions in my day job).

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

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Coat

Probably better than

Aliens: Colonial Marines......

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Hello Warsaw: Greenland ice loss will be OK 'even under extreme scenarios'

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Pint

Where did the scientific optimism go?

What happened? When did scientific discovery move from wonder to fear? The data on climate is scant the proxies are poor, the only reliable measurements (CET) shows nothing to fear in 400 years of measurements. Sea levels as measured barely show any increase and yet we must all scurry back to our caves and beg forgiveness from Gaia for having the audacity to want to be warm when it's cold.

Did all the A-arc scientists leave after the second world war and all that's left are b-arc climatologist? When did putting more food out for plants become a bad thing - when did slightly warmer become more feared than the known quick death from cold?

This ones for you noms - where is the evidence outside of the iPCC's scary computer games that there is actually anything to fear? Even in AR5 the likelihood of anything bad happening within the next 100 years is extremely unlikely to not very likely!

Stop being afraid of science - there is nothing to fear except wilful ignorance - and the precautionary principle is for cowards and slaves. Nature is not fragile it exists in evolutionary stable systems - and the more CO2 in the atmosphere the more the biosphere responds.

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

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Re: Password generation

Nope all my passwords are now "correct horse battery staple" as it's the only one I can remember....

Thank you XKCD!

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Joke

Which is why.....

My password is set to "f* off copper I'll never tell you my password".......

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

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Black Helicopters

"is not monitoring and will not monitor"

The translated transcripts on the other hand............

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Sun alarm clocks

I have one of those sun alarm clocks that 30 minutes before the alarm goes off (option of radio, birdsong, waves, beeps or frogs) slowly and gently lights up.

I now wake up half an hour before I need to.....

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Unhappy

Simple mathematics

If you take from the rich you make them into poor people. If you take from the poor they are still poor and there's so many more of them to take from. Ergo take from the poor and give to the rich for perpetual economic good times......

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Re: SteamOS

There are quite a few games that now run on linux (and I've tried using Mint 14). The notables are the valve games L4D, TF2, Portal, and HL. I've also tried Trine and the X games. The good thing is you buy one (windows version) and you get the Mac and Linux ones to use as well.

The idea of having monster machine with all the heat and noise issues somewhere else and streaming the games to a quiet little box in the living room appeals to me and solves the associated power/heat/noise problems.

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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

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Paris Hilton

Everyone knows you get better pr0n that way........

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