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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: So, on the horizon

We already have transparent aluminium. It is also known as artificial sapphire. It is just a particular crystal arrangement of aluminium oxide.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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"...format can’t be ripped..."

Hahahahaha, hohohohoho, *snigger*...

Whoever made that claim has just thrown down a gauntlet which will be taken up by a great many, er, "content transfer specialists"

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Boffins propose brainwave privacy standard

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They could call it...

...the Tinfoil Standard.

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Cat Crap.... grrr.

Could do with similar laws where I live. In fact, given all the native wildlife that cats mercilessly destroy, it should be a criminal offence to allow your cat out of the house without being on a leash. Cats in Australia are nothing more than an invasive pest species.

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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"Arrested and charged the man"

Why did they not arrest and charge both?

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

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Hasn't changed my vote, exactly...

I have been voting Green for many years already. They're the largest party not riddled with obvious corruption or just plain openly evil. I would still put the Sex Party and (if they had a presence in my state) the Pirate Party ahead of the Greens, but both Labor and Coalition are always way down low on my ballot, only just barely ahead of the raving loony religious parties like Family First.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Re: So it's her fault

@localzuc - I refer you to the correspondence in the matter of Arkell v. Pressdram.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Another one for the list

Pity there is no mention of Long Live The Queen, a fiendishly difficult game something along the lines of the old game Princess Maker, except much better. Rather than explain it poorly myself, I will let Rock Paper Shotgun's excellent review describe it in detail: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/01/10/long-live-the-queen-review/

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Re: Kerbal Space Program

Oh hell yes. Love that game. It was a terrible sensation to discover that my otherwise-successful first manned mission to Laythe had too wimpy a lander, and the brothers Kerman could not make orbit to dock with their return booster. I eventually managed to rescue them with a second, robotically-piloted lander, after they had been stranded for a year of game time, and safely return them to Kerbin. As a side note, aerobraking through Jool's atmosphere into a capture orbit is nothing short of spectacular.

On the other hoof, it is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when you finally make your first successful orbital rendezvous and docking.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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"...because rulers of a democratic state work on behalf of the electorate"

Hohohoho

Hahahaha

Heeheeheehee

Oh, that was a good one.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Re: Hmmm?

A mistake many people make, including the faculty.

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ABC finally brings iView to Android

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"This app is compatible with all of your devices"

Both phone and tablet, downloading right now. :D

About time!

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Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test

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Is anyone surprised...

...That Turnbull completely ignored the petition? Listening to the public is not something the Coalition are known for. Nor is investing in infrastructure.

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Cassini spots MEGA-METHANE SEAS on the north pole of Titan

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Re: Star Citizen

Saturn itself would be a better bet, given CIG have already made many statements about refuelling at gas giants.

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'Mixed tech' NBN needs a super-sized HFC net

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What a mess

Leave it to the Libs to completely fuck up an infrastructure project as per usual. Not that Labor do particularly well with infrastructure either, mind you, they are just slightly less catastrophically bad.

I am so glad I am already on FTTP, I don't think I will ever move house again.

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Re: sucks

If you think Conroy (spit) is a socialist, you have a very skewed view of the world.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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@teapot9999

OMG, who gives a shit? So the university spent a couple of bucks on something light hearted to help validate the effectiveness of their models. Don't be such a miserable old git. Are you an accountant by trade, perhaps?

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@Vociferous

Really? I mean, Tehanu was enjoyable but I always thought the best of the series was A Wizard of Earthsea, followed by The Tombs of Atuan.

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

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Will these updates...

...remove that FUCKING "Charms Bar" and put all the settings in the ONE GODDAMN PLACE?

If not, then there is still zero chance of me ever installing Windows 8.

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Re: @Roland6

"unless a major player decides to make a move and endorses a particular OS platform"

Such as Valve and their Steambox?

God knows, gaming is the only "killer app" that has kept me tied to Windows for the last few years. Once I can game on Linux more easily than it currently is to wrestle with WINE, I won't be installing another Microsoft OS again.

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Aussie boffins can detect orbiting SPACE JUNK using rock gods' radiation

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Re: Debris

It's called "Kessler Syndrome" or "Kessler Effect", described in 1978 by NASA scientist Donald Kessler.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

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Re: Why Windows is doomed.

Yeah, under the hood Windows 8 sounds like a bit of an improvement over Windows 7. Unfortunately they've lumbered it with that shitty, annoying, hard to use fucking interface, which is why I am sticking with 7 regardless of the underlying improvements.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Hahahaha! I nearly choked to death on my sandwich reading that.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Did you try installing Windows 7 on it?

That might have made for a more useful device overall, if you could have gotten drivers for everything.

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FACE IT: attempts to get Oz kids into IT jobs are FAILING

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Lack of workers?

Then pay what the job is actually worth. I have been looking for a new level 2 support job myself and it's frankly ridiculous to see the advertisements asking for university IT degrees or MCSEs and offering $30,000 per year.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited

Who wants to bet that this will only be available in the US, Canada, and maybe three European countries. Anywhere else, I expect you'll just be shit out of luck.

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Do+ you+ use+ Google+? Seemingly+ you+ DO+

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I gave Google+ a try

It was okay, I guess. I couldn't really see the point.

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

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"products in categories in which they currently don't particpate"

Such as accurate maps and sensibly priced hardware.

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

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So the problem with an iPad is that it is only a content consumption device and not good for productivity? Tell me, does the Surface still run Windows 8?

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Australian politicians 'resisted' debate on new spook powers

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Inaccuracy

The article says "Australian politicians from left, right and centre", but then goes on to say "The committee's members included representatives from the Labor, Liberal and National parties, plus independent Andrew Wilkie."

Where's the "left", then? For that matter, where's the centre?

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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About ebooks

"Of course it's already possible to have books delivered to a smartphone: Amazon's Kindle app is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and even BlackBerry while the Nook app works on the first three OSes mentioned."

Drones delivering physical books don't triple the price the way ebooks do.

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

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So what's that going to mean for the southern hemisphere? Is it colder now than it ought to be, and will warm after 2030? Or is it warmer now than it should be and will cool after 2030?

My primary concern is ameliorating these ridiculous Australian summers. The rest of the world can look after themselves.

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

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Re: Wow. There goes a large chunk of my future,

I have also backed Star Citizen, to the tune of far too much cash. :P Even now, I am debating whether to save some money, or buy ANOTHER ship. Definitely getting an Oculus Rift for it, once the retail version is released.

Oh, and I backed Elite: Dangerous as well, but I very much doubt whether it will hold half the appeal of Star Citizen.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Where do you shop? "My little pony"

@Suricou Raven

That's a weird way to spell "Rarity".

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

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Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...

> "So the mid range machine to be targeted by developers will probably always be crappier than the PS4"

The lowest-end combination of parts Valve are trying out are considerably MORE powerful than the PS4 specs, so devs will have plenty of spare capacity to try out new things.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

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Re: Sun Server Keyboard...

#rurwin

I do much the same, except I find it more comfortable to turn my hand around the other way. This puts my pointer finger on right Alt, thumb on right Ctrl, and pinky on Del.

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Re: The PC KEYBOARD power switch

Oh gods, yes. I had one of those fucking things. Most ridiculous idea for a keyboard. I ended up removing those three keys physically after one unintended power-cycle too many.

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Missing Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG RISES from the GRAVE

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Re: Not Sure

> "After that why the hell would they want to be taken to our leaders?"

Because they have rayguns and want to help us?

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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Re: That last sentence says it all.

> "Only those technically competent should be given raised privileges."

No. Only those paid to administer and support the machines should be given raised privileges. End users get the tools we package and install for them, and do NOT get privileged access, ever.

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ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated

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Re: Incredbile

Then who would Americans vote for?

(Actually, that goes for the rest of us too.)

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'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

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Re: Camelflage

What a horrible product! D:

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Austerity BITES: Greece ends extra hols for civil servants forced to use hated COMPUTERS

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Re: Oh, the irony

I would not trust a single word written by the Cato Institute.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Funny, my Windows 7 desktop, Linux laptop, and Android tablet all have different OSs and UIs and they are no extra hassle at all. I move my data easily and freely between them all with much less effort than it takes to even work out how to configure settings in Windows 8. And while the W8 interface might be good for the touchy feely types, I absolutely reject your assertion that it is as good with mouse and keyboard as Windows 7, because that is simply not the case. Using W8 with a mouse is a complete pain in the arse.

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Re: "They are deluded and dreaming with the idea people will "rent" Cloud based MS apps"

I think the downvotes are for recommending Office at all, and especially for recommending a US based cloud product.

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Re: Meh.

Only reason I am not using Linux full time is I like my games and it can be a hassle getting them running properly under WINE. If Windows 9, when it is released, also continues to perpetuate this shitty interface, I think I will just have to get used to WINE. It is, after all, no more hassle than using Windows 8 itself.

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Scientists demo light-controlled semiconductor

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Re: Yes, early days and all that, but...

Does that really matter? It sounded to me that at any temperatures normally found on the surface of the earth, the material remains a metal until illuminated, at which point it becomes a semiconductor. Turn the light off and it is back to a metal. It also becomes a semiconductor when it gets really, really cold, but that is an effect that is not likely to be used in most practical applications.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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"Copyright has become significantly weaker in the digital era"

What nonsense. Copyright has been screwed down ever tighter, as corporation panic about their customers possibly using media in ways the copyright holders haven't explicitly authorised. Copyright has steadily become more and more onerous on the average citizen and IP laws have not followed the changing landscape of media use but instead have been extended to try to prop up a business model that is simply no longer viable in the digital age. Don't know what else I expected in an article by the biggest copyright apologist on The Reg.

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Australia votes and Vulture South picks the flesh off tech policy

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@The Blacksmith

I agree 100% that building equitable infrastructure for all is something we should be able to expect from our government, but just look at them. Sauce Bottle Kev on one side, and the Mad Monk on the other. Do you really expect either party to deliver a major infrastructure project on time, to spec, and within budget? Or even deliver on a single ONE of those three? It is way past time to tell both major parties to go fuck themselves, and put your vote elsewhere.

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@ david 12

"So go ahead tell us (and for history).

Are you using it for tele-medicine? Education? Has this important infrastructure revolutionized your economic condition? Do people from other countries respect you more?"

Pfft, haha. As if. It's for lower latency in games, faster porn, and cat videos. What else is the internet for?

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Fortunately, I already have fibre to my house so no matter what happens with the NBN I am sorted for net access.

Perhaps it is time to vote for minor parties, and put both Labor and Liberal down at the bottom of your preferences? I know that's what I will be doing. What a shame that the vast majority of the population will keep voting along the same tired party lines they have all their lives, and then wonder why their elected government keeps kicking them when they are down.

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