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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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As for Fukushima, dismissing the worst nuclear disaster in a generation (and it's still ongoing) as just "background radiation" is IMO slightly deranged.

Oh fucking really.

Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

Quake + tsunami = 1 minor radiation dose so far

Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again.

Of course, if you prefer the BBC or Sky ambulance chasing viewing figures by running around screaming and waving their hands and interviewing Jonathan "Big Fat Vested Interest" Porritt, that's up to you. But don't try to pretend that telling us the sky is falling means that it actually is.

If that's the worst disaster in a generation, nuclear power is astonishingly safe compared to absolutely everything, including getting out of bed in the morning.

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I'm posting this as an AC because I know it will be massively voted down, but the fact is (and this is not green wash), in some Reg Reader's lifetimes sea level will be 3 or 4 metres higher than it is now

[reliable citation needed]

As for Fukushima, it proved that a reactor built in the 70's that was never intended to withstand more than a third of the force of the damage which hit it can actually withstand three times that with no more than background-level radiation as an effect.

You can shout names of nuclear plants at the ignorant but this is the Reg. We know a little better.

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1) Sell off the resevoirs so houses can be built on them.

2) Sell off prime agricultural land so houses can be built on them.

Will never happen. Housing supply is kept artificially low to keep house prices high (and thus, the buy-to-let 25% of Members of Parliament and the rental sector chums, not to mention the Daily Heil happy) and buy votes come election time as well as contributions from the "credit" industry.

Agricultural land is sold off for golf courses instead.

Trebles all round!

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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@Steven Raith

All I'm seeing here are arguments for banning cyclists or indeed anything that isn't a late 1980s Volvo.

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Based on the maths, at depreciation of £600/mile, yes it's actually 42 kilometers.

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Re: What? (Re classic Mini)

Go crash both into a wall or telegraph pole (or cow) at 40mph and see which one you walk away from.

Then try that again at 70mph and see which one you *still* walk away from, and which one requires several refuse sacks to collect you.

Or, y'know, don't crash into things.

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Re: What?

Have you seen the "new" Mini Countryman? I've seen smaller Jeeps.

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Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

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Re: Amphibious cars aready done

Looks oddly familiar....

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Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond

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Re: After all this time ...

> I'm a Mint user

Really? You appear to have acquired a level of smuggery more commonly associated Mac cultists.

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Re: After all this time ...

> How long has Linux been around...is it bug free?

It's worse than that, Jim...

This is Windows and Office so for a valid comparison you need to be looking at linux-distro-of-choice plus office-productivity-suite-of-choice which, for the record, had better include translators, a macro language, a database (this can suck, don't panic), a note-taking tool, a best-of-breed spreadsheet, a word processor, a desktop publisher, and HTML editor, an equation editor, a graph maker, billions of templates, a presentation application that everyone hates (this should be easy because all presentation software is hateful), hundreds of thousands of file converters, a form maker and fuckload of crap nobody understands.

If your office suite of choice does not include all these, feel free to supplement it with other utilities.

And then add up the bugs. How many will you find, I wonder?

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Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

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What, only one?

Seriously? an iWatch story and we have one self-obsessed smacktard drivelling on about how they don't wear a watch and so THERE IS NO MARKET BECAUSE I DON'T WANT ONE I AM THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IN THIS UNIVERSE etc

How refreshing. There's usually at least four.

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

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> we still run everything

Absolutely. Every man in the entire world meets in a shed (assigned by rotation) every third Tuesday of the month to work out our plans for repression of women and investment in power tools.

It's your shed in a fortnight, James. Remember to move the wheelbarrow.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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If we work along the (fairly well substantiated) theory that the vast majority of consumers either buy an iPhone or a Samsung phone but that almost none of them go out and deliberately buy an Android, the consequences of Samsung phones no longer being Android phones should be fairly self-evident in terms of Android sales.

Consider an imaginary parallel - Apple decide that their Macbook Air line will no longer run OSX but will now run (for the sake of argument) Ubuntu. The effect on sales of Airs would be negligible (this is almost wholly a consumer product, after all) but the effect on new installs of OSX would be dramatic in the extreme.

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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Re: Microsoft Office is in Big Doo Doo

> M$ - how original

It's mandatory for anyone who still bears a grudge that they can't understand and will, without provocation, incoherently proclaim about something that happened in 1993.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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> How many women vs men start up in other business fields, such as fashion designing?

Oh, pick something neutral like bakeries or publishers, please. Fashion is not exactly a field with equal gender interest and you know it.

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

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I don't feel bad about the EU or anyone else stamping on a multi-billion dollar predatory advertising giant.

Why do you?

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Get ready for Europe's ROBO-BUTLERS: Billions of €€€s pledged to electro-slave dream

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Re: Smart house or Robobutler

> Though I have to admit to wanting an electronic slave, the question is do people really want a mechanical. Copy of a human or simply a home environment that makes life easier?

It most cases, the latter. However, some things - like the ironing and putting your stuff away - are simply better suited to a mechanical human.

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Agricultural robots?

Robots that carry bales of hay through mud down to the feeders in pissing rain.

Robots that can attach a cow to a milking machine without frightening her so badly she gives yogurt.

Robots that can mend a sheep-proof fence in the snow.

Robots that can lay a hedge.

Robots that can catch and crush for a TT test.

Robots that can birth a calf.

Yeah. Good luck with that.

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

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Re: Next project, build one of these for <$100

Glazier.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Why did we publish this?

> The government have made it plain that in their view not only foreign powers (ie probably Russia and others) have full access to the Snowden leaks, but quite possibly "non state actors" also.

Presumably everyone who routinely reads Glen Greenwald's email knows so that's China, Russia, France and probably Syria for starters. ECHELON nations already presumably already knew, barring bureaucratic buggerups.

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KUDOS

Thanks, El Reg, for being brave enough to actually inform (some of) the public about what is done with our money, in our name.

The kid above is probably fourteen and still thinks Britain can do no wrong - don't mind him. Without a Fourth Estate that actually reports and provides accountability, the politicians will abuse power, the bureaucracies that feed them will seize ever more and we shall continue to be expected to shut up and obey our masters.

Well, fuck 'em.

And BT.

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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Re: I wonder

Apple can't buy Rolex, the business models are different. One sells quality, the other sells an illusion of quality.

The latter has the higher profit margin but the former would never stoop so low.

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

> (you failed to provide sources for those figures btw)

Apologies. They're from googling 2013 financial statements. They were all PDFs but luckily all the increases were on the second page of each PDF.

I'd re-search (re-research?) but I have a meeting in 4 minutes.

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

Alright, you don't wear a watch. Nobody you know wears a watch. Nobody you have ever seen in your life wears a watch. Nobody in your entire country wears a watch! Nobody wears watches!

But based on 2013 figures -

Timex sales of wristwatches increased by 9.1%

Casio sales of wristwatches increased by 14.2%

Swatch sales of wristwatches increased by 12.7%

So somebody's buying watches. Perhaps, in your world, they wear them while locked away in darkened rooms with the blinds drawn for fear that somebody will see them.

Or maybe you're just wrong.

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Re: Roslyn compiler

Roslyn Compiler project and source code

No, it's a compiler-as-a-service project plus added transparency.

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Re: utter bollocks

> Ifmicrosoft were relatively open they would open source stuff that was in use at the time.

Like ASP.NET or the Roslyn compiler, you mean?

(Note - both of these are fully open source. They even accept "pull" requests and commits, unlike, for example, Google).

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Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

Well...

> Who wants a watch with a 2 day battery life?

A watch that wirelessly charges is no biggie. I take my watch off every night anyway.

> How will you use it as a phone?

You won't? I'm guessing MS are (like everyone sane) seeing this as a notification device (if it's not just bullshit). A watch is notification device, after all. Currently only for time and date (and in some cases, pressure) but you look at your watch to get information very quickly. Expanding that information doesn't seem like a terrible idea.

Making a 1.5cm thick watch in order to cram all the electronics in sounds like a shitty idea though; I wouldn't wear anything over about 8mm thick. Or that didn't have an always-on analogue face.

> If it needs to be paired to a smartphone then what is in fact the point of it?

What about driving? I get a call, I'm driving, I can ignore the phone, use Bluetooth handsfree or answer the phone and get arrested and fined. Or I can press the button on my watch that I've got programmed to send an "I'm driving, call me back in {x} minutes" text and hang up the phone. They can't do you for checking your watch.

Or an interview? I forgot to set my phone to airplane mode - oops. I can fumble for it, curse under my breath, switch it off and apologize to the interviewer or just tap a button on my wrist to make it go away.

Or a phablet? Say I've got a phablet and I keep it in my laptop bag and I answer calls with a Bluetooth headset - I get no caller ID but I can look at my watch. Or read a text. Without delving into the bag and producing an unwieldy and highly nickable slab. That's worth a few quid.

Are you one of those people who don't wear a watch and can't imagine why anyone else would? Because that might show a serious lack of imagination on your part. Just sayin'.

Ah. I see that you are. Okay.

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Re: You misunderstand their policy

> unless Microsoft's watch uses some open protocol

because Apple are all about open protocols...

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New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

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> So the price difference is Microsoft's estimate of how much OEMs are willing to pay to avoid being associated with Bing? Awesome!

More likely, it's what they already get paid to use a different search engine.

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Microsoft lobs Files app at WinPhone users with lots of ... uh ... files

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@ king of foo

Er, what difference does it make?

Except that if you prefer one of the third-party versions, you can use that instead which is one of those things that people like about - for example - Android.

Good luck writing a file manager for iOS and even better luck getting it in the Apple store.

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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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But...

Will it run CrysisHeartbleed?

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Platoooooo0n - HALT!

My father is 70 and drives like a maniac. So does my mother.

The plural of anecdote...

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Re: Platoooooo0n - HALT!

> especially wheelchair equipped taxis

Trying to get a wheelchair into Google's noddymobile looks like a right laugh for a disabled person.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

3 thumbs down because you want it to be true so hard.....

Grin-worthy.

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

It's probably a cost thing. Okay, your 5" screen has a resolution of 2560x1440 but that's a 5" screen, with 12 square inches of space and even then, it's probably the single most expensive bit of the phone. Now scale up that expense to a 17" diagonal where you're looking at (d^2/2) 144.5 square inches...

Whole different kettle of mackerel, ain't it?

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

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Re: 100 per cent of working malware ..

No, quite a lot of it's aimed at Flash or Acrobat Reader.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: The females in the house have this request:

> Boys should sit to pee just like girls.

Nonsense, that's just a colossal faff.

The correct solution is to kneel before the throne. Everything's at the perfect height.

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Re: Things I wish I had

19 exists, it's just not legal - alpha‑methylphenethylamine.

Presumably it's illegal because it works.

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Re: you've got to be kidding, 4pages of windging about phones.

Working spellcheck - oh wait...

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Neural interface.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Things I would like to see

Oi! There can be only one Magic Roundabout!

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Re: Might consider this

> Interesting fact of the day: Microsoft have NEVER released ANY product that has worked properly. That's a 100% failure rate

Intellimouse Explorer 3.

You lose, good day, sir.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: Bar Transport

> Or for young people who are too stupid and irresponsible to drive safely

Young people often drive too fast but for causing accidents, you need look no further that the person who think doing 34mph in a 60mph zone is safer and more sensible, without considering drivers actually using the road responsibly arriving behind them from a corner only to find the equivalent of a jogger in the way. Throw in a somewhat fast and loose interpretation of the use of indicators and you have a hazard that will crawl serenely through the chaos they have caused, shaking their heads at all those dangerous drivers and their accidents that you see just everywhere these days.

I've never understood why old people drive so slow. It's bizarre when you think about it - they haven't got a lot of time left. Me, I'd have my foot down. What's the worst that can happen? Death? Hey, I'm going to do that pretty soon anyway, right?

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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> I personally like the 2.3Ghz Quad-Core CPU. If that is anything like my Desktop CPU, then it should be quick indeed! + a whole 3GBs of RAM....

It is nothing like your desktop CPU.

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That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China

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Re: Ah, the smell of propaganda in the morning

Was this under Thatcher? If so, they had a point.

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

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Re: Meh.

Best phone ever made. But I prefer my V3i because it's a tank.

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Apple plots HOME INVASION at WWDC

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Thought I was getting old

I kept seeing articles about home automation and thinking "why? What exactly is the point?" Asking Google "Why should I automate my home" got me a load of crap about showing off to your friends by switching your thermostat on from the pub - sorry, my friends don't impress quite that easily.

But leaving the house one morning and absently thumbing the car key fob did suggest one seriously bloody useful application - the central locking house.

Not from somebody with Apple's track record on "all proprietary all the time" though.

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

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Re: So where are the Whiteknighting MicroSoft Shister-Team

> If and, when MicroSoft blesses both Apple and, Google with its Nokia goodness.... It doesn't mean jack shi--

Microsoft do not own HERE mapping services - those remain a part of Nokia. Please try fact-checking before spitting ill-informed froth all over the forums.

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