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Saturn spotted spawning new FEMTO-MOON

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Baby Elephants!

Looks like it took them longer than expected to get Message Bearer refuellled.

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Astronomers spot hint of first EXOMOON, possibly

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That's no moon...

...oh, wait, it might be.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: One Question

Or if there aren't going to be any more updates (the whole reason for this exercise).

The only reason I can see is that if you don't have it on you'll have to put up with notifications about it being off. It would have been nice if the final update would have adjusted this behaviour.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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The chances of anything coming from mars are a million to one he said

What colour is that bright light? Better hope its not a green flare...

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You can play Flappy Bird on a POINT OF SALE TERMINAL

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WTF?

play a simplified version of the popular game Flappy Bird

How on earth do you simplify a game which only has one control?

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Re: If curvature is so great, how come it only curves in one dimension?

They'll be saving curving in both directions for the next round of 'upgrades'.

I can also see them trying to sell us different type of curvature, spherical, parabolic, hyperbolic or maybe just hyperbole.

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Re: Can't see this catching on....

Actually improved built in speakers may me one benefit. There will be more space for something a half-decent size behind a curved screen than in a thin flat panel.

Whether they'll use that space or not is a different question.

I still don't want want though, just finished getting my TV mounted flat on the wall and connected to proper external speakers.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Re: 6TB

I suppose you subscribed to the theory that noone would ever need more 640K of RAM too...

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Re: Doubtless, 5 of the 7 5.25" bays are empty...

Actually no. From the top:

1: Card reader (OK, thats 3.5" device in an adaptor)

2: Blu-ray re-writer

3: Drawer. Yes, a drawer. Its a handy place to keep SD cards and USB sticks.

4: Empty

5,6,7: Additional fan

I think they're quite often filled on gaming rigs, either with water-cooling reservoirs or relocated hard disk racks. 5.25" drives themselves might be nearly extinct (optical drives seem to be just about hanging in there), but the bay itself isn't going away for some markets - its handy to have a largish, standard sized hole to put things, even if its not holding the thing it was originally designed for.

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Re: This is all very nice but...

Er, my case has 7 5.25" drive bays.

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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Re: "Because ethernet and wireless are the same."

Well yes, someone could plug a wireless widget into the port. But if they've got sufficient access to the car to do that then they've also got sufficient access to interfere with a car with no electronics (e.g. cut brake pipes).

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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So instead of the wrong way up...

...we'll now be finding the wrong port.

While the USB-A port is a horrible design at least its the same port on every host device (admittedly the other end of the cable has had this problem for a long time). With cables I guess its not too much of a problem, but most of my USB-A plugs are directly on the device (memory sticks, bluetooth adaptors, security dongles, mouse receivers). True an adaptor cable will work, but it removes some convinience.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Re: people have pointed out this is a scene from 'The Abyss'.

Apparantly even the movie version was done for real (*). The movie may have had its share of special effects shots, but this wasn't one of them.

(*) well according to the internet anyway.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Glowy bits on clothes?

Look no further than TRON for inspiration.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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I overdid my hacking of the PC version of Xenon 2

I found where the costs of each upgrade was stored in the executable and lowered them (all the way to zero I think). However it seems that what was available at each shop was determined by a price-check, not an explictly coded set of options - so the result was I'd also made everything available half-way through level 1.

It was however great when you just wanted to mess around with some of the less practical options without having to get through half the game just to try something.

(I actually first played this in CGA on an 8086. Even that was far from unplayable, though it was much nicer when I got a new machine with VGA. Even the title music through the internal speaker was recognisable.)

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Re: tracker rubbish

Tracker programs did of course exist for the PC too. I even had software which could play Amiga .mod files through the internal speaker with no soundcard (quality was very dependent on the size of the internal speaker).

There were even trackers which extended the concept to PC specifics, such as Screamtracker which could track both adlib and soundblaster style sound in the same file.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Joke

No need for a pound coin...

...just allow disassembly of the 2 pound coin and let each part be used as a quid.

(although this new coin could become two 50p pieces when dismantled)

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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I had an LCD with burn-in from the Windows start button...

...I wonder if its of any interest to Windows 8.0 users?

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Samsung puts ultrasonic echolocation cover on a smartphone for the blind

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I don't think those who can't see will mind that its not for big screens...

...in fact wouldn't it be an even better idea if it worked with a phone with tacticle physical buttons, instead of a (to someone who can't see) featureless expanse of glass.

(before anyone suggests that partially sighted people might benefit from a larger screen even if they can't see it well - this is for people with eyesight bad enough they need to be told about obstructions 2m away, so I don't think they're going to be reading any phone screen regardless of its size).

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iOS 8 screencaps leak: Text editor, dictaphone and 'tips' on the way

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"hardly going to set fanbois on fire"

It depends. If somehow it causes the battery to overheat enough then it might...

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

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Re: i'm pretty sure Amazon doesn't sell anything nuke...

Yes they do:

http://www.amazon.com/uranium-contains-Uraninite-radiation-detector/dp/B00CQ9LLR4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394809279&sr=8-2&keywords=uranium

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Re: Temporal error

Not just the same thing, but often from the same supplier.

Its this that proves that targetted advertising is utterly pointless. In a world where we can search for stuff we know we want there is no point showing adverts for that stuff. I'd guess it has a higher click-through rate, however I'd expect the actual extra sales generated to be less than random ads that actually stood a chance of showing you something you weren't already going to buy anyway and may not even have known you wanted (or that it existed).

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Hold a chicken in the air

All this mention of Arapaho has unfortunately reminded me of the old Spitting Image Chicken Song ("learn to speak Arapaho"). Can Lester please stick a deck-chair up his nose as punishment for this?

Although the line "Then extract your wisdom teeth" does bring us back to the subject of pliers...

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: cutting cables

Pliers? Side-cutters? No.

You want a decent pair of electricians scissors for that job.

(Electricians scissors and molegrips are also great for opening things. My electricians scissors deal with those totally sealed hard plastic packages reasonably well. Molegrips are by far the best nutcrackers in existence (overkill for hazelnuts, but I'd not use anything else on a brazil)).

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I thought those were actually side-cutters...

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Who DOESN'T want to play world's tallest game of Tetris – all 437ft of it

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Nintendo classic?

Why does the article and sub-heading (at the time of writing, it may have been corrected by the time you read this) refer to it as a Nintendo classic? It was ported to Nintendo systems (along with pretty much everything else), but the Nintendo version wasn't the first, so why single it out?

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Re: Ok, but...

There should also be a Cessna flying past...

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Facebook, Instagram give dodgy online gun sales the BULLET

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Re: n the knitting trading forum

I wonder if the reverse is true?

In the fizzy booze forum:

I'd like to buy 44 magnums of champagne...

...Facebook: "this is an illegal transation".

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: What am I missing?

The two posts above explaining why he can't re-open the case for a start...

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

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Re: Well that will be worth anticipating

The lack of a pre-existing plot might be good for the movie (assuming they add a plot). However I'm less sure that having an associated plot would be good for the game, some people may then feel they have to play it a certain way (obviously they don't - but some people are easily influenced).

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Re: Can't be worse than the Battleship movie

The most non-sensical would have to be the spoof Tetris film trailer on Youtube (sorry can't do a link - lunchtime post from work computer) with giant flying blocks and tetris pilots flying them.

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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

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Re: Power law

I don't normally grumble about downvotes, but on this occasion hope those responsible aren't specifying processors for real-time systems where a response is required in a certain timeframe to prevent something physically crashing/exploding/otherwise killing people. That isn't the time to be deciding a processor which can't deliver results in time but uses less power is appropriate.

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Re: Power law

Things per wall watt only matters if things and things per second are sufficient. While often that is the case sometimes its not.

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Re: auto-parrallelise code?

Surely image processing is relatively easy to (auto)paralise - just split up into multiple smaller images. Not all processing parallelises that easily.

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

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Re: Rocky Horror Picture show?!?!?!?

Yes. Barry played Brad in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

However Christopher played Brad in the Rocky Horror Show. I.e. the original stage production, not the film.

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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Re: Ironing?

Drying washing on the line?

You missed that this is a UK company behind this didn't you? I don't think anyone has managed to dry washing outside for about 3 months now...

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

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Mushroom

Last on the list

Way down at the bottom: Nokia 3310.

Nuke? About the only 'test' they've not been subjected too.

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Re: I wouldn't know what colour went with what anyway

Its really very simple:

Black goes with everything.

Especially more black.

(yes, yes, technically not a colour in the strictest sense, but for these purposes...)

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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Re: If all your toolbars are way over on another monitor you'll do a lot of mouse-miles.

Touchscreen monitor... Just poke it with a finger, same as you would with the specialised keyboard. I'm sure you can even find a monitor you can take off its stand and lie flat on the desk if you prefer not to have it vertical.

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Re: The "S" is for stupid

Why a tablet and app? Do you really need an input device containing a battery, processor and ram for this? Wouldn't just plugging a second touchscreen monitor into the computer make more sense?

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Much as I normally like physical keys and detest touchscreens...

...this seems not very future-proof. Do they expect you to buy another one every time a new version of photoshop adds a new feature and associated shortcut? It seems that a second, touchscreen monitor to dump a load of toolbars on would be a more sensible option.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: The browser

Opera mini definately works fine on a feature phone. Posting this on a 7 year old Nokia 6600 fold.

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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

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Re: Dwarf planet, asteroid

Dwarf planet, asteroid, or deathstar - whichever one you pick: That's no moon...

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Our robot overlords won't be evil cyborgs: Prepare for whisker-equipped ROBO-KITTIES

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Re: Ten pound note of pressure

One million quid in a bar?

Thats going to be one heck of a hangover!

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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still receive updates, but will not receive .... design and feature changes

Sounds perfect!

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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How I think it should have been

Rather than try and force a phone/tablet style interface onto the desktop what would have been better would have been to make them work well together. A few possibilities:

* Include a Windows phone emulator in desktop windows. Allow windows phone apps to also be run in a window on the desktop. Use this an updated version of the deprecated gadget platform. This would likely appeal to developers as well as users if an app can target both Windows phone and desktop Windows from a single executable. Allow phone apps on the desktop to be launched seamlessly from the same places as native programs (Start menu, pinned to taskbar, desktop shortcut, etc.)

* Allow phones/tablets to recognise when they are connected to a PC. Allow them to act as a second screen and/or graphical touchpad. Allow dragging apps/data between the monitor and phone screen.

There could still be a case for full Windows to boot up with a TIFKAM interface on something like the Surface Pro, but only if being used as a standalone device, not when plugged into an external monitor and keyboard. The Surface Pro would be somewhat unusual in that it would need to both be able to act as the PC when having a phone conneced to it, or as just another tablet when connected to a desktop PC.

This greater integration of the phone into the desktop environment would equally have merit for an OS X/IOS combination or a Linux/Android combination. Even better would be mix and match integration, but even getting it done at all would be nice.

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Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

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He needs to make the next one out of a different species of wood.

I'm thinking wood from an apple tree might be amusing.

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

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What can you say about chocolate covered manhole covers

The problem with weird stuff like this it that are you sure you actually want to draw the attention of those behind it?

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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re: everyone else has a less positive opinion of the Yorkshire stereotype

Apart from Egypt. For some reason they're obsessed with Yorkshire. When I went there almost everyone we met claimed to have at least one relative from the place. I also saw at least one 'Yorksire shop'.

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