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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

VeganVegan
Flame

Mobile-specific web pages are usually a UI travesty

Some are well thought out, cutting down on the baroque riff raff the regular page throws at you.

On the other hand, I've encountered quite a few that are plain awful.

Some, such as ons**pe, take forever to load. No excuse for being so incompetent.

Others disable pinch to zoom. Really? You've lost my pair of eyeballs, because I can't see what you have to show me!

Mobile device screens are small to begin with, don't assume that everyone has 20/10 vision.

</rant>

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Come close, dear reader. Past those trees you'll see a non-Microsoft Nokia Oyj in the wild

VeganVegan
Windows

Does anyone else find it remarkable that

"The Nokia Technologies R&D division saw net sales of €147m ($198m) in the second quarter, a 1.4 per cent year-on-year increase, while its operating profit was up 6.7 per cent, to €96m ($129m)".

Really? An R&D division that not only not a money loser, but actually turns in a profit that is around one-third?!

<King Midas icon, everything he touches turns to gold>

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

VeganVegan

As one who is Latin illiterate

I have nought to contribute, except some mischief:

Wouldn't it be so much more clever if the Motto also generates a witty acronym?

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

VeganVegan

Re: It does affect OSX

Correlation != causation

Obligatory XKCD reference: http://xkcd.com/552/

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

VeganVegan

In other news,

Watson and Siri have announced their engagement.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

VeganVegan
Headmaster

light enters the material, and is absorbed and converted to heat before it can escape

So that means that "visible light enters the material, is absorbed and converted to heat, and (some/much of it) escapes again as IR light"

</pedant mode>

What would be neat would be a material that can remove the heat entirely by conduction, thus minimizing IR emission.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

VeganVegan

Will you be using asymmetric canard control?

If not, and the canards deflect in parallel, then in your current setup, you can still tie the two sides together to alleviate the torque loads. Maybe it's as simple as connecting them using a rod with both ends threaded, threading the ends into your existing "A" lock nuts on either side. In he same vein, you could perhaps tie the pushrods together as well.

If your control circuitry is fancy enough to use asymmetric (independent) canard movements, then please ignore the above.

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Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy

VeganVegan
WTF?

Frightening

Starting the hogs on their preservative-infused journey to a sarnie:

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/bacon-preservative-tested-feral-hog-poison

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

VeganVegan
Joke

It's perfectly plausible

Attach one end of a very long spring to your phone.

Attach the other end to your belt.

(The spring stores the energy, no batteries needed).

Can't find your phone? Just tug on the spring. Voila!

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FTC seeks DEFCON help to finger illegal robocallers

VeganVegan
Holmes

The FTC should use simple crowd sourcing

If they made it very easy, say, at the push of a single 'report spam' button, to send the calling number and the number called by the spammer, the FTC itself can analyze the stats and go after the biggest spammers.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

VeganVegan

Re: "war-fighters"?!?

Inter-service rivalry/jealousies.

Some "war fighters" do not want to be called "soldiers" (implying army), preferring "aviators", "sailors" or "marines" instead.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

VeganVegan
Thumb Up

fighting Princess Leia in a wet rubbish hopper

who is wearing nothing but a wookie skin

http://cdn3.designbyhumans.com/product_images/b334r5s7ta7jake573-900x900-b-p.jpg

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

VeganVegan
Facepalm

Horse's ass?

http://bonjupatten.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/the-horses-ass.jpg#HORSE%27S%20ASS%20480x640

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

VeganVegan
Joke

Just in case there is one commentard who hasn't hear this joke

Q: Why doesn't George RR Martin use Twitter?

A: He'd already killed off all 140 characters.

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The iPhone of the future will know you BY YOUR EARS

VeganVegan
Black Helicopters

Sharing my earwax? Never!

My earwig needs his sustenance.

<img src='/Design/graphics/icons/comment/black_helicopters_48.png' alt='earwig in ear canal'>

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About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

VeganVegan
Happy

Nice series, more please.

Over the years I've also enjoyed Brian Hayes' entertaining musings and explorations (http://www.americanscientist.org/authors/detail/brian-hayes) scroll down to "Computing Science" for a list of his articles.

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NASA stitches 3.2 gigapixel 'Global Selfie' mosaic

VeganVegan
Happy

Re: The location of the selfies ...

But that's the beauty of it:

The easy places will be filled up in no time.

The tough places, middle of the Southern Indian Ocean, deep in Siberia, etc. etc., will be the haunt of a new breed of adventurers, to fill in the all these empty parts of the World map.

It is the dawn of a new age of exploration!

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VeganVegan
Holmes

Re: The location of the selfies ...

That would be way more cool if the photos were placed by their actual locations.

Also, just 36422 photos used?!

That works out to be 1 photo for 5406 square MILES of Earth's surface.

At 5 megapixel per photo, each pixel represents 3350 square yards, roughly 39% of a soccer field per pixel.

Shirley someone can do better?

Maybe we need to start a project to convert Google map to geo-tagged selfies?

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

VeganVegan
Happy

Beautiful!

But maybe puzzling for someone on the ground subjected to a latex shower.

<happy globe icon>

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

VeganVegan

Re: C

Sorry, got my models all backwards, it was an IBM 1130.

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VeganVegan
Pint

Re: C

I'm with you.

IBM 1320, hex coding, no CRT. Instead, a panel of lights, displaying hex.

8K of core (magnetic donuts on cross wires).

We were nuts: analyzing video data on that machine.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

VeganVegan
Alien

The odds are not too shabby

It's been estimated that the total urban area on Earth is around 3 million sq. km.

The Earth's surface area is ca. 150 million sq. km.

So the odds of hitting some urban area is about 1 in 50 or so.

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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

VeganVegan
Pint

Artistic license

Most of the Union Jack is missing, as well.

It's the thought that counts.

Beers to all for a splendid outfit for LOHAN.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

VeganVegan
Paris Hilton

Re: What is heartbeat used for?

Upvote. I have the same question for the reasons why this was ever implemented.

It seems to me that to keep the connection alive, you could just send a single byte, or a SYN-ACK, back and forth, no need for elaborate stuff.

Anyone knows the logic for what is being done?

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

VeganVegan
Thumb Up

This raises a potentially interesting possibility

Why not take all the obsolescent 'smart' phones, and recycle their compute modules?

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

VeganVegan
Pint

Lumpy gravity

I had originally read it as "lumpy gravy".

Working too late, must get food...

Beer, in lieu of a food icon.

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HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

VeganVegan

Re: I'm ...

It's also known as pissing into the wind.

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VeganVegan
Happy

I really do like enchilada soup.

A primordial pleasure.

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'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'

VeganVegan
Joke

They should examine the butts for

pin worms.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

VeganVegan
Joke

Re: I'm angry

Or, despicable me.

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

VeganVegan
Happy

Qlp

<Where is the Klingon script when you need it?></>

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

VeganVegan
Black Helicopters

The only thing for sure is

that some new unimaginably cringe-worthy, diabetes-inducing species will be introduced.

This was the case even before Disney got involved: Ewoks and JJ Binks* being prime examples.

* The conspiracy theorist in me wants to scream, "JJ Abrams and JJ Binks!!! Are you kidding me!!" (plus much more foam-flecked frothiness)

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

VeganVegan
Linux

Meh. Fish and chips,

but inedible.

Throw it back.

Let the penguins have it.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

VeganVegan

Re: brilliant

Did they include Windows 8?

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

VeganVegan

And this is filed under Security?

The fossil is securely locked in rock?

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What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

VeganVegan
Mushroom

Re: Run that by me again...

Some of the confusion comes from the unit of measurement, light 'year', that measures distance, not time.

At the risk of making it even more confusing, time dilation implies that (subjective) time progressively slows down, relative to the rest of the universe, as an object travels at ever increasing speed (hence the twin paradox). For photons traveling at light speed, it took very little (subjective) time to travel all those light years.

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

VeganVegan
Holmes

Re: And where did this ruse come from?

At the peak, there was no more than a few thousand Brits running the entire sub-continent.

IThe only way to stay in charge is to make the system Byzantinely unworkable.

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VeganVegan

Re: Hey! Don't knock Japan !

It's no coincidence that Carl Orff's Carmina Burana starts off with "Oh, for tuna!"

(looking for the fish icon)

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Apple fanbois DENIED: Mac Pro deliveries stalled until April

VeganVegan
Pint

Too much drama

The 6 or so weeks for delivery hasn't changed much since a few days after it became available to order back in December.

An order put in in early January should arrive late February / early March.

It's now on the cusp of March, so orders put in today plus 6 weeks is going to push delivery to April.

How much of this is so difficult to understand?

The part that is interesting is Apple's ramp up plans. If we assume some constant level of demand (after the initial madness), either there are no plans to ramp up production, or, they have ongoing production problems (supplier, QC, whatever).

Beer (brown MacPro) o'clock.

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50,000 women knocked up by big data, wearable tech, crowds and cloud

VeganVegan
Devil

That's a laugh,

at the time I submitted this, the world has had (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/) >260,000 births today .

Devil's spawn indeed.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

VeganVegan

Did they check

that the observations were simply wonky at a subset of the stars, that are then imputed to have multiple planets?

I do so much want not to be disappointed!

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

VeganVegan
Go

I need to set up a factory to manufacture gob

more boffins need smacking.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

VeganVegan
Devil

Re: Ballmet is effing brilliant.

Or maybe it's damage control:

Knowing that Nokia is headed, at least in part, towards Android, and will bring unwelcome comparison and competition to WP, Microsoft had to buy Nokia to control the future, to kill Android on the Nokia platform.

Just my jaundiced view of the whole saga.

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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

VeganVegan
Happy

Coming off the Olympics,

I'd like to see a robot do the grand slalom, or the halfpipe.

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Sina rumoured to be prepping Weibo for $500m US-based IPO

VeganVegan

But does it come with Greatwall enabled?

<see title></>

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BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

VeganVegan

Doesn't anyone else see the alliterative possibilities?

After major trim, ex-RIM nabs Sims to run its sans-SIM* services (PIM**, FIM***, OIM****, CIM*****), in a mim race, but with vim, against Tim & co.. Not a whim: RIM cash is lim., not brim. Sadly, it's like UIM****** on KIM-1, or moving to QIM*******, ex-RIM's prospects are dim, even grim.

* Personal Information Manager

** Subscriber Identification Module

*** Federated Identity Management

**** Online Identity Management

***** Customer Interaction Management

****** Universal Input Method

******* Quartier international de Montréal

Sorry to all; too much stim (caffeine) today.

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Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push

VeganVegan

Ask JC Penny how well they made out

letters

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

VeganVegan

Meh.

Tell me when they make that nanotube a laser...

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

VeganVegan

Re: Reinvented cuckoo clock

My thoughts exactly.

I wonder why they went for the descending weight method, versus a coiled spring that you crank to tighten up, like the old fashion wound-up clocks (& toys). With a mechanical regulator, the dynamo could be spun at a reasonably constant speed to generate juice.

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Microsoft's new partner will TOUCH IT DOWN UNDER

VeganVegan

Nice title

Micorsoft does need a good goosing up the rear end to stay relevant.

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