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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Funny you should mention his songs

He wants post like common people.

He wants to post whatever common people do.

etc.

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Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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It's not just one Paypal account. It's all of them, or at least the ones in existence when Elon Musk (you know, the Space X bloke) had a significant involvement in its early days, from which he made a shitload of cash, which he then used to build rockets.

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

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Re: main TV not available

Or if the main TV is occupied then go use the PC you're streaming from, which likely has a decent size screen of its own.

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August Patch Tuesday to bring Windows bug fixes AND FEATURES – report

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Re: Microsoft, please don't add a start menu ....

I don't think there will be a problem. Classic Shell works perfectly well on Windows 7, even though that has it's own start menu.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Logan's Run

Its nothing to do with message notifications. Its to more clearly inform the world how old your phone is:

"A phone model's age is revealed by it's Apple crystal embedded in the back of their iPhone that changes color every seven months, yellow (age 0-6), then blue (age 7-13), then red (age 14-20), then blinks red and black on Lastday, and finally turns black at 21."

Those whose phone shows a yellow logo will be able to more easily show off to the world that they have the latest phone. Blue should be seen as a sign that the user should start planning their next phone purchase. Red will be a cause for embarasment that the phone is so old. Black is to minimize the logo's visibility, anyone with such a phone shows a lack of commitment and they should be spurned just the same as those with other phones.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: Paper shortages

Earthdawn?

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Re: unauthorized pr0n

You have authorized pr0n where you work?

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

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Re: Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

"That," he said, "that... is really bad for the eyes."

It was a ship of classic, simple design, like a flattened salmon, twenty yards long, very clean, very sleek. There was just one remarkable thing about it.

"It's so... black!" said Ford Prefect. "You can hardly make out its shape... light just seems to fall into it!"

The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.

"Your eyes just slide off it..." said Ford in wonder.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Re: Softer landing

Which would be fine if the water landings weren't just a test for future land landings. Stopping at the surface might cause some problems now, but saves having to re-calibrate and test everything again later when they don't want to be getting to the surface with significant velocity left.

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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#nevergiveupneversurrender

Not available on this occasion. From the hashtags these guys are using we're clearly talking Galaxy Quest, not Star Trek. So major problems are solved by a phone-call to the fans; which is pretty much what has been done to get this far.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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re: Nostromo

Red Dwarf would also be acceptable.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: What about Folded Displays

or the return of the flip-phone, but with the screen covering both halves.

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

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Re: ISIS's name confuses me anyway

Well yes, I know that. But they really should have done more market research on how their name would have turned out in other countries. I mean car makers and the like do their best (but sometimes fail) to make sure that their latest model doesn't translate into 'giant wang' or 'flatulent sheep' or something else embarasing in some language or other.

In this case it's particularly bad. Not only are the initials taken, but correspond to another earlier religion's goddess. If car makers were that careless you'd have French manufacturers naming their large family car after a British small single seater electric buggy. Oh, wait a minute, you may have a point...

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ISIS's name confuses me anyway

Why would a bunch of muslim extremists name themselves after an ancient Egyptian goddess?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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I read elsewhere that the range of the wireless is pretty much 'skin contact', not across the room. If you're going to get that close in order to interfere with it then you have many more options of how to do harm, ones which don't even need the victim to have an implant.

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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

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Re: door wedge

Nah, the Surface is terrible as a door wedge. This just proves the Macbook Air is the better device, not only is it more wedge shaped but its heavier too - much better for stopping a door moving.

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Re: Is "needs internet connection"

Surely "battery not charged" is the new batteries not included?

I'm not sure if this is better or worse than batteries not included. On the one hand charging the built-in battery is likely to take less time than waiting for the shops to open once xmas is over. On the other hand there isn't the option of borrowing a couple of AAs from some other device.

(kids - just don't ask which device they were out of if its your Mum that finds 'spare' batteries).

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Remember the turbo button on PCs? New AWS instance has one for CPU burst

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Re: For those damned yoof amongst us:

Often accompanied by a dual 8-segment led readout of the current speed on the front of the case. This wasn't actually a measurement, the two values were set with jumpers and so could be unrelated to the true speed (some systems used HI and LO instead of numbers).

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Flash!, I love you!

But we only have 14nm to save the data

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GCSE Computing teachers cry victory as board decides NOT to bin tech teens' work

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Re: Kids, parents: don't worry

Chocolate teapots are as useful as any other novelty chocolate item. The important thing is to assess their usefulness as chocolate, not as teapots.

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Iraq civil war: You can fight with an AK-47 ... or a HOME-COOKED Trojan

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Re: one uses at least an AK-74

Out of preference perhaps. However I suspect most people wanting a gun will take an AK-47 if its what is available, rather than complain its too old and do without.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: What size are these mice?

Perhaps they've been to the fire swamp and found some R.O.U.S.s?

(Rodents Of Unusual Size).

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Re: A couple of simple tricks:

Also 'most recent' still has a scrambled order. Random posts are selected to be ordered based on the date of the last comment, not the date they were posted. How this order differs from the top-stories order I'm not sure, but its not what I'd expect from 'most recent'.

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I think on this occasion you fit the standard profile perfectly. That is what ALL their users want from their news feed, but facebook won't give it them.

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Boffins? Boffins?!

These people definately need the 'trick-cyclist' label. There is no way they qualify as boffins.

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I seem to have got blocked.

I wonder which of the various things I called him did it?

(yeah, I know, if you're not paying you're the product not the consumer...)

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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Not seen one of these (too new) but have seen earlier toughened panasonics (swivel screen types). Generally in the hands of gas engineers and other people who lug them round in vans full off tools, not coffee shops. As the review says a niche market, but one which will pay a premium for a device which will survive.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: Sacrificial screen? - possible alternative?

If its just for GPS functionality then there are some really cheap (< £50) dedicated sat-nav units out there (I found at least 2 on Amazon). I don't know quite what your requirements for GPS on a bike are - if its just for on-road navigation then they're probably an alternative to paying the same for a remote screen for your phone. If you're after something to log off-road routes or something then I'm less sure they're an option.

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Re: scratches?

On the other hand watches get dropped less often than phones.

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To be fair - on this occasion its a 'first look' not an 'in depth review'.

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Re: photobod

I see what you're saying. I think we sort of agree in that we both only want one main device, we just disagree which one it should be.

For me a smartphone is simply too big to carry everywhere (I know not everyone agrees on this). Whereas a watch strapped to the wrist is a very convinient way of carrying tech - I've had a watch strapped to my wrist almost constantly (showers excepted) for most of the last 36 years. I hardly notice its there.

Of the various bits of interconnected tech I just see the watch as the easiest to carry - so it makes sense (to me) to put the brains there. Larger pocketable screens (smartphone replacements), face mounted screens (google glass etc.) and other less portable output devices (e.g. TVs) become just screens that all connect to the same device. If you're going with the destop/laptop analogy then the equivalent would be ditching the desktop in favour of a laptop, but keeping a docking station on the desk.

(as a side benefit if the watch was the expensive part with the processing and data in it then it'd make the most valuable part the part which was hardest to steal)

Unfortunately technology isn't quite at the point where I think its practical to do it the way I want. If even without the CPU grunt in the watch it needs charging once a day then its a long way off where I'd consider it usable.

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Re: You need to carry an Android phone with you in order to use it?

I think these will make more sense when they can move the 'brains' to the watch rather than the phone. The phone can then become a dumb screen which you can leave behind if you're going somewhere you only need basic functions and don't want to carry a large device in your pocket.

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What a whopper, LG: Feast your eyes on this 77-inch bendy TV

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Re: Good I/O Design - I've heard of it!

Also if you care enough about your screen based entertainment to spend 20k on a screen are you really connecting stuff directly to it? I'd expect it to be accompanied by a correspondingly nice AV receiever. Which means a one-off connection of power, HDMI and possibly aerial and ethernet to the tele itself - everything else can go through the receiver.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Hard to find volume buttons on either side of the power button?

Seems perfectly sensible. After all its not like that could cause any problems when you need to adjust the volume in call.

Oh, wait a minute...

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: Elephant in the room

Perhaps a desktop? I suspect they might be too big/heavy to be worth the trouble. Particularly when its raining and its going to be hard to keep it dry.

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Re: not password protected?

Is anyone else living in the same house? If not then a password adds very little security compared to the locks on the doors. What it would add would be pointless in the event of the PC being stolen if the hard drive wasn't also encrypted to prevent it simply being added as a second data drive to another machine.

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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I think I'll pay the people who came up with this a visit.

But first I think I'll watch Jackie Brown and see if any helpful adverts show up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2ucmARq-k

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TIME TRAVEL TEST finds black holes needed to make photons flit

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CTCs and Virtual Particles.

Something I've wondered for a while, but never properly looked into the maths of:

Does a virtual particle/anti-particle pair forming and then anihilating look any different to a single particle on a (very short) CTC? If they are equivalent then does this mean that the virtual particle theory might not be right and time travel might be taking place all around us on a quantum scale?

If there is an equivalence then what are the implications for Hawking radiation from black holes if the CTC model is the correct one?

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Why bother making things so thin?

I'd normally agree. However on this occasion the bit which really suffered for being so thin was the screen. This has a good technical reason for being thin; to reduce parallax problems between where your eye and the electronics think the tip of the pen is.

I think the bigger problem is the glue. Surely there must be some way of holding these things together without glue?

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Even more confused by the choice of Micro SD slot now

There looks to be room for a full size one? So why micro? With the same aspect ratio as a DSLR, the ability to run Lightroom and Photoshop and a pressure sensitive pen this device has a lot to appeal to a photographer - so why doesn't it take the same size SD card as many cameras use?

(Yes I know you could use a micro-sd card in an adaptor in the camera - but who really wants to replace all their memory cards?)

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Re: May just be a lack of proof-reading?

No longer a 404. All references to a surface mini seem to have gone from the PDF version of the user guide now.

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Re: proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage

Yes, I totally get why. But reviewing it as if it *is* a laptop is still missing the point. It is still a *tablet* first.

For comparison lets look into the history of the laptop. There was a time (perhaps 20 or so years ago?) when these were a lot less powerfull than a desktop PC and you'd only really use one when you needed portability - most laptop owners would also have a desktop as their main machine.

Then the gap closed a little and we started to get laptops which could be considered 'desktop replacements'. They weren't (and still aren't) quite as good a desktop as a top-end desktop machine, but for many people are good enough in that role that they're willing to compromise if it means not having two machines. To review a high-end laptop on the basis of only ever being used on one desk would be missing the point and lead to the reviewer complaining about it not comming with a full-size mouse, the screen being a little small and ports and expansion being limited compared to a dedicated desktop.

If what you primarily want is a laptop then the surface is probably the wrong choice. However for those people who now mostly use a tablet and only switch an actual PC (laptop or desktop) on when they really need to then perhaps something like the surface might enable them to have one less device - just like many of those same people got rid of desktops to save space and only occasionally put a laptop on a table if they have a lot of work to do.

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Re: 17" screen, 16GB RAM, quad core Haswell CPU, 2 x 1TB + 8GB SSD HDs

Whereas for me I expect it to handle the times I'd otherwise use a laptop quite well, since for stuff that is truely demanding I have a desktop with specs that make your monster laptop look like a toy.

But lets not get into a bragging competition, lets just agree that different people have different needs. Surface may not be for everyone, but its different enough that its likely to be for someone - probably someone whose needs aren't quite met by more conventional options. More choice of form-factor has to be a good thing - pick the one that suits you.

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Re: 3rd Time Lucky for MS?

If you don't know why you'd want it then it's not for you. Even at the launch event MS said this to the audience of journalists (many of whom proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage).

Its an attempt to produce something a little different for those people (a minority perhaps, but not noone) for who a pure tablet or pure laptop isn't quite the right device. Its also rather more than their 3rd attempt - it might only be the third with the name, but really its just their latest refinement of their original tablet-PC concept from many years ago.

Those old tablet-PCs never really achieved mass market appeal, but I've seen a few over the years being used for specialised applications. I expect the same will be mostly true of these, though perhaps a little more widespread now that the weight has come down and the handwriting has improved to the point it might not be painfully frustrating to use.

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May just be a lack of proof-reading?

The PDF version of the user guide currently gives a 404. I wonder if its being hastily edited before they make it available again?

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: What do you do on the second day?

Go to the real-ale tent for some proper beer?

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Re: 10 things to get stolen during the festival season

Indeed, mostly completely not needed at a festival.

The stove? A heat source can be good, but the price of this thing will buy a *lot* of disposable BBQs. True they won't charge gadgets, but you don't need that...

Device chargers? Why? A festival isn't a particularly safe place for expensive gadgetry. True a phone is handy to work out where friends are to meet up. However the old S40 Nokia out of the drawer will do that job just fine, won't get stolen, will probably survive being dropped in the mud and has a battery life that should last the entire festival (if you have doubts then take a spare charged battery). You don't need net access on the phone - if you find yourself wanting facebook you've gone with the wrong friends.

Video camera? Why? You've gone to a live music event. Why watch it through a screen. Enjoy it for what it is. A stills camera however can be handy for photos of your mates (if you've taken a truely ancient phone that doesn't have one) - again the battrery on this ought to get through the entire event.

Speakers? Why? See the above comment about being at a live music event. If you really want evening entertainment in the campsite then find someone who has taken an accoustic guitar.

Waterproof case? This one makes sense. Keeping stuff dry can be important, but not gadgets - the personal supply of loo roll for when the toilets have none is far more important. A cheap re-sealable plastic bag will suffice though, and may even be overkill if kept in the pocket of a proper waterproof jacket (the only even remotely expensive thing you should consider taking).

Lantern? Yes you'll need light, but personally I'd take something with a 2 or 3 D-cells in it (they'll run LEDs for ages) rather than having to faff with solar charging.

Icon? The only truely essential thing at a festival!

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Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN

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Apparently people live outside the Metropolis, no one has explained to me why

We have a similar lack of understanding of why anyone would want to live in it.

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