* Posts by stucs201

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: What will Rory do now...

Well his latest article is on Microsoft's skype translation thing and shows him using a Surface...

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

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Re: ".. you could also just hit them with a car."

Anvil!

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It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars

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Composite of multiple images, using the parts which don't have a robot arm holding the camera in the way.

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Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

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WTF?

Does Robin Williams not count as a person?

If he's at the top of the overall list, surely he should be at the top of the people list too?

Did they exclude him on the grounds of being dead?

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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

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Re: Anyone else having trouble with the latest batch of Office updates?

Cheers, I'll give that a try later.

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Anyone else having trouble with the latest batch of Office updates?

Buttons in Excel spreadsheets are completely FUBAR - can't click the buttons since the updates.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: only useful reason for a sensor to have a higher dynamic range

Until we also get screens with higher dynamic range (which is what the article was about). Yes you'll still have to map it back down if for printing, but that's not what we're discussing here.

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Re: get older non-HDR imagery to display nicely 100% of the time on a HDR panel.

Simple - just display it at the same brightness as it would be on a non-HDR screen. No need for any fancy attempts to stretch it to the full range, just use the subset of the HDR range that the content is encoded for.

It might not look as natural as HDR content woyld, but its going to be no more strange than displaying B&W content on a colour tele using only the greys and ignoring all the reds, blues, etc.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Re: Just wondering

Or in many cases the names we know famous people by are the alias. I've got a friend who has done a small amount of TV work - the name she uses for that isn't the same as the real one that's on her passport.

Taking one of the examples from this article I'd be far from surprised if Natalie Portman's passport still says Neta-Lee Hershlag (the name she was born with according to Wikipedia). I can't actually be bothered to look up the leaked data though.

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RIP Ralph Baer: Father of the games console dies aged 92

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Re: "A game's data was stored on cartridges."

I think you're closer to being right than the article is. However I'm not sure there was any 'game data' as such, just bits of hard-wired circuitry which could be connected or not to enable or disable various behaviours of the moving squares. It seems that the games were at least as much defined by the overlays, the rule book and the players willingness to stick to those rules as by the console and its cards.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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Looking forward to when it actually gets to Breakaway from Earth, but first they need to get to the 54321 stage.

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Re: burns up on reentry...

Hopefully not. We don't want it burnt to a (Toffee) Crisp.

You're correct it can't get to Mars though, it needs a bigger Boost for that.

Dealing with all these complications and delays is no Picnic.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: pastry horns

Pie Factory in Tipton by any chance? Although I've had worse I was disapointed that even a self-declared pie specialist doesn't make proper fully cased pies.

Their steak and kidney pudding with proper suet pastry is a much better choice, and also a quid cheaper than the 'not really a pie'.

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Can we have full declaration of major ingredients too?

Too often I've ordered a nice sounding "steak and ale" pie, only to actually be served a "steak, mushroom and ale" pie, which is a very different thing (particularly when I hate mushrooms, but even if you do like them it's not what you ordered).

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Re: Yes, yes, there's a hilt...

I though it was just me. The shape is one thing, but the blades themselves just don't quite look right, to flame/electric-arc like. Seems to appear rather quickly too. I'm wondering (hoping) if this isn't actually a lightsaber at all, but some other variant of energy sword.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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re: people wanting to work

More likely people quite happy to have a break, but wanting it to be known they have a good excuse for slacking off.

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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Re: "Tea....Earl Grey, hot"

Well this explains the multi-coloured food cube things in the original series. Much easier than a cup of tea.

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

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Re: Surely there were more appropriate films to use?

Pitch Black? First part is the brightest film I've ever seen.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: BIDDY BIDDY BIDDY...

Twiki, a proper positronic brained Asimov robot (at least according to the series which also had Crichton (who wouldn't make this list being TV only, and not in the feature length film pilot - I guess this is also the reason for the ommision of the similarly named Kryton).

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Sorry

My first thought too when I first heard of the C5 - why would anyone name their car after Clive's electric buggy?

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: fat vs terrorism

I think you've found the problem: A significant fraction of terrorists disaprove of bacon sandwiches (*)

(*) Note: not the same as saying that disliking bacon sandwiches makes you a terrorist.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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Re: Rockstar boffin Brian Cox?

Indeed. You have to go for the other musical Brian (May) to find a rock star astrophysicist .

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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Re: a needle in a needle stack

A specific needle in a needle stack. Just finding a needle is easy. It's getting the right one that's tricky.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: The box

And then they collect the box and give it to someone else who does not know you.

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Re: My first thought

If it is a games console it better have Snake.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Ah well

More than that. I was probably going to get a graphics card upgrade and buy a joystick too.

Really wanted this, but not with an online requirement (I went against my better judgement for Diablo3 and regretted it).

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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Re: Should have included some buttered toast on the feet

If you really want it to stick then forget butter - try marmite.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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Re: Better hot

Cold is a lot safer after the pub than messing around deep frying though.

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Re: What's a female BOFH?

Bitch Operatrix From Hell

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Just like Kerbal

I've had a few bouncy landings of my own. In both cases landed and functional is all that counts.

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Re: "land on comet and return science"

I just always thought of the goo as green. Green seems like the best colour for goo.

Either that or its a sign it's too long since I played it.

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Re: "land on comet and return science"

So when do they start observing the green goo?

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: ooh, it all sounds lovely...

Actually I think the phone is an electronic swiss army knife. However as with the knives some of their features work better than others. The primary purpose (phone calls/folding pocket knife) are unsurprisingly fine to use as a primary device. Some of the extras are fine too - my swiss army knife makes a fine bottle opener, just as a phone works well enough for many people as an mp3 player. Trying to use a phone as a replacement for a full PC though seems more like the equivalent of using the saw or chisel on a swiss army knife - possibly workable for small jobs if you have nothing else availble, but not something I'd want to do all the time if I had larger, better tools available.

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re: some headerless server somewhere

Some headerless server which is probably actually just PC hardware in a different box and location. I'm not seeing the point where I can't buy such hardware and assemble it in a case under my desk arriving any time soon.

Besides isn't the x86 PC supposed to already be dead? Killed off by Itanium? Or was it by PowerPC? No wait, it was Alpha. Etc. There have been so many predicted deaths for the PC that it's difficult to take another one seriously.

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Horizon finds new potential in the sci-fi staple deepsleep tale

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Re: Actually...

Footfall. Which had the alien ship be an unusual hybrid of generation ship and sleeper ship, with the crew therefore comprised of a mixture of sleepers and space-born.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: in the past they have had a a upgrade unit

Not always. I've just finished watching Tomb of the Cybermen (Dr 2). The end shot is of a partially converted (one arm) person, who 2 minutes earlier was apparently flesh and blood (but had been briefly under cyber control and had his fear disabled). That to me looks more like an infection or nanotech conversion than it does a putting in a conversion unit and physically adding armour upgrade.

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Re: Saving the child

How much power did it have? Yes enough for one person, but does that have to mean a small amount? With bigger on the inside tech it could be a huge amount - enough to apply E=mc2.

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Re: I agree with everything in the review

*The* review? Which one? There were three, which varied rather a lot in their opinion. I'm guessing from the rest of your post you didn't get beyond the first of the three, since that was the most negative.

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Yes and no

I thought the colour coding was to indicate she was shot by the Brigadier rather than the Dr.

I think you're right about the teleport though, killed just by getting shot doesn't really seem to fit with the whole regenerating timelord thing.

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HOT YOUNG STAR about to GIVE BIRTH, long range images show

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Re: So "about to" is actually a few million years, right?

On the timescale of a star's lifetime - yes a few million years is "about to". Just as "next month" would be a long time for a mayfly.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Although they seem to like their iPads...

...I bet they miss the slide out cup-holders their old desktop PCs had.

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: where did I put that Raspberry Pi

Wrong fruit. It's warm apple pie for that...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8L3_I4SW2I

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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Re: We know Danny survives

Unless Clara is already up the duff...

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Re: "Moffatt has set the precedent for Timelords switching gender"

Or in Moffat's first Dr Who script.

No, not Blink - this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do-wDPoC6GM

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Strange thing is...

You've just not found it yet - remember Rule 34...

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: There are much better alternatives to iPod

That would be a viable alternative, if I had a USB socket on my car's stereo. However I don't, neither did my previous car. In both cases the car has a fairly basic unit, which isn't designed to have anything connected to it except a CD changer - the iPod is connected via a 3rd party box (hidden behind the dash) which makes the iPod look like a CD changer to the stereo.

Obviously I could replace the stereo with something actually designed to handle MP3s or an external player, but I'd rather have something standard looking in their than something lit up like a christmas tree (which most aftermarket units seem to be).

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Re: There are much better alternatives to iPod

Great as that sounds it doesn't help if the key feature I want is easy connection to my car's stereo, including control of the player from the stalk by the steering wheel. I'm far from a fan of Apple. but the widespread 3rd party support for the classic's 30 pin dock connector made it a useful thing.

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Re: Apple killed the competition then deliberately dumped the market...

Lack of capacity increases also didn't help, so no upgrade sales - meaning existing owners would only buy another when their current one broke.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Re: Battery life-weight trade-off

Once upon a time some manufacturers did do this, e.g. the ancient Samsung A300 flip phone:

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_a300-260.php

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