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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

paulll

Re: In the dark, bare feet

I was going to say that. Been living in Canada for nearly 10 years and I still shudder at the thought of stepping on UK plugs ...

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

paulll

Re: About time

"It's all well and good praising Jobs for the Macintosh."

Not really; The Mac project, fwiw, was started by a chap called Jef Raskin. Jobs hijacked it and set about running it into the ground by interfering specs as if he knew *anything* about it. He narrowly failed to destroy it, and took the credit for its success.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

paulll

"It's not a PC, this is for real humans, not hack-a-whacks."

Changing a battery is for,"hack-a-whacks?" Wow, I guess some of the things they say about Mac users are true ...

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

paulll

Re: It's a good start.

" (Nazi Germany, USSR, Communist China) 60-80 million Second world war, 20 million staved to death in the Ukraine alone and 100 million starved to death in China in the 1960's as a result of the "Cultural revolution" "

"Beware! Learn the lessons of the Twentieth Century!!!"

Lessons such as, it's much easier to kill lots of people when you have mass transit, machine guns, chemical weapons, high-order explosives and a greater-than-ever abundance of potential victims?

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paulll

Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls

"--"Atheism is a religion thats core tenet is that "There is no God" this is a belief as it cannot be scientifically proved."--"

B.S. To believe that god does not exist based on the abject lack of evidence for his existence requires no more a leap of faith than to believe that Mongolia exists having never been there.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

paulll

LEARN. TO. SPELL. Or pipe down.

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paulll

"Do you think a pixel precise time based watermark will successfully survive the rip, resize and transcode to be able to successfully determine with reasonable certainty which source the transcode comes from? "

I imagine any working system would be locale- rather than pixel-based. e.g., on alternating keyframes, the 64 macroblocks around offset .75*.70 will have somewhat diverging average U and V values to encode a 1, or not to encode a 0. Compression would smudge out a preset value on an individual pixel but if the value is encoded in the smudge you're golden.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

paulll

"I'd like to add that I don't think Steve Jobs was a bad person"

Um. Want to say something about autobahns but I'd invoke Godwin. Bum.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

paulll

Re: Android already king of tablet marketshare globally.

The tube test doesn't show how many people use crApple vs. alternatives, it shows crApple owners' propensity to wave their kit around in public.

For instance, watch the queue in Starbucks. Now, damned near every adult (at least of those present in a city that has a Starbucks) carries a cellular telephone of some description. All of the cellular telephones being waved around by people in the queue are iphones. Not everyone in the queue is waving a telephone around. This does not mean that we conclude that 100% of cellular telephones are iphones.

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

paulll

Re: It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

"I guess you have to expect it when so many people update at once."

hehe. Or maybe the dog ate their homework? Their alarm clock didn't go off? Their speedometer mustn't be working (tap tap)?

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

paulll

Re: so does that mean

"If you're paranoid about security (as many technical people are) and don't want dozens of apps on your phone which have access to all of each other's files and don't want your custom 3rd party keyboard to potentially act as a keylogger for cyber-criminals, then get an iPhone. iPhones are also nice because they get prompt OS updates."

Try:

If you're paranoid about security (as many technical people are) and don't want dozens of apps on your phone which have access to all of each other's files and don't want your custom 3rd party keyboard to potentially act as a keylogger for cyber-criminals, then get a Blackberry. Blackberrys are also nice because they get prompt OS updates.

Yeah, yeah, I know nobody cares any more. But if one's use-case is centred around paranoia, it's still the only choice.

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

paulll

I'm curious ...

Why, "pilot's," "doctor's," and, "machine's," and not, "taxi's," "trucker's," and/or, "driver's" ?

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

paulll

Re: Fury

You use the command line frequently? Well, then. Serious stuff. Good thing you mentioned that or people may have doubted your credentials.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

paulll

Re: @Ted Treen

""Right libertarians" typically believe in corporatism and viciously defend the "fundamental goodness" of the corporate veil "

What??

"Right libertarians view the UDHR as a restriction of their rights."

What???

" Most "leftist" nations (such as Canada,..."

What???

"right libertarians" believe in the freedom of the individual to oppress, belittle, besmirch, harm, defraud and even murder others."

Seriously ... WTF?

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Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

paulll

Re: I have a new study

It's not good enough to prove that it's bad for the smoker though; That's not nearly enough ammo for sanctimonious, smug pricks who like telling people what to do. The objective is to show that it's contagious and harmful to others.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

paulll
Happy

Re: @ AC 1423h GMT - More lipstick on a pig.

"Abercrombie & Finch wear or the Dolce & Gabanna handbags."

Totally have the theme from,"Only Fools and Horses," playing in my head right now :)

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paulll

Re: More lipstick on a pig.

I agree about people chiming in just to say,"yawn," or whatever, But, "you're holding it wrong," is still fuckin' gold.

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

paulll

Did I miss something?

"Charging case for iPhone. How quaint! So retro. You'd have though if your paying for a merc you could afford a decent phone?"

Now, usually I love a good dig at Apple, but as crap as iphones are, they're not cheap. And GM aren't Mercedes-Benz ... so what did I miss?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

paulll

""flexibly restructure their human resources"

Let me fix that for you. "Get rid of people who haven't done anything wrong""

What's having done anything wrong got to do with it? Priorities change, jobs come and go. Personally I'd rather be laid-off than kept on when there wasn't work for me any more and know everyone else was subsidising my salary.

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

paulll

Sapphire? Corundum, shirley?

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

paulll

Re: Call us back when they order a few million

"People have always come with a range of different finger sizes, your point is?"

My point is that one of design genius Steve Jobs' reasons why 7" tablets would be "DOA" was that individual features would too small for people to tap or pinch, so unless people's fingers have all got smaller over the last few years, the context of his comments hasn't changed.

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paulll

Re: Call us back when they order a few million

Re: Call us back when they order a few million

"Went into some detail about how the idea of a 7" tablet was fundamentally broken."

... at the time.

Why do people need to always interpret someone's words out of context?

Did people's fingers get smaller in the meantime? Did space-time morph allowing three different form factors somehow to become two?

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paulll

Re: Call us back when they order a few million

"he didn't think there'd be a big market for 7 inch tablets"

Actually he said that they'd be,'DOA,' and ,'a painful lesson,' for anyone who made them. Went into some detail about how the idea of a 7" tablet was fundamentally broken.

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

paulll

Re: All he does is DoS the most vulnerable of targets

"In other words, he's just like the vast majority of the rest of the miscreants out there."

Yes, he is a chronic masturbator who knows how to download software from the internet and run it. Difference is the others profess to be in it, 'for the lulz,' while he acts like he's some hot shit, with his 'Arsenal of freedom' (PMSL) and giving public addresses. In his own words with reference ro LulzSec, "I am not the same as my detractors."

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US: We spied on you Europeans but we can still be chums. Right?

paulll

"The whole world does it. People just dont care less."

They care more?

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

paulll

Re: pre-release software may not be final version

Downvote appreciated, but why not *really* rub my nose in it by supplying a quote?

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paulll

Re: pre-release software may not be final version

"This idea that Apple claim infalability and never change anything or admit to mistakes seems to be wholly made up by El Reg."

So, show us where they admit to a mistake. When they changed from proprietary to commodity hardware, where's the quote where they admit they'd been doing it wrong. When they announced the mid-sized iPod touch, where's the bit where they actually say, "Ya, turns out 7" tablets aren't a 'broken' idea. Oops!" Where's the report of Jobs saying, "We'd like to apologise to our loyal customer base for selling them a comms device with a fundamentally broken antenna design." Anything?

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EU signs off on eCall emergency-phone-in-every-car plan

paulll

Re: wasnt it die hard 4

"All new cars use a speed sensor + ignition on sensor so the airbag/eCall won't trigger unless the impact is significant."

In theory. In practice a tap with a mallet in just the right place can trigger an SRS deploy, and a vehicle *can* be literally FUBARed without a deploy.

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paulll

Re: Define "crash"

GM has this as an option on their vehicles in North America, they call it OnStar. I've been on a fair number of OnStar calls both with Fire and EMS. They all start the same way, with a rapidly escalating blanket search, eventually involving multiple emergency vehicles and dozens of personnel, of an area absolutely nowhere near the incident. They end with either resources local to the incident responding to a call from a passer-by, or with the police tracking down the owner of the vehicle to find that they'd pranged it, parked it, and hitched a lift to the pub ishityounot. 'OnStar Call,' is emergency services slang for, 'wild goose chase.'

Of course in the ads, OnStar effects an immediate rotary medevac and a skin-of-the-teeth save and they would know better than me as they're the people selling it.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

paulll
Happy

Re: keen.

Professional Bull Riders ... Na

Petroleo Brasileiro ... Maybe?

Pabst Blue Ribbon ... Ah, the must be the one.

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

paulll

Re: Has any "let's make software development easy!" strategy ever worked?

"Code hoarders?" Really?? :p

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Fear the Embarrassing Bodies webcam

paulll
Happy

Re: What kind of crazed saddo...

"My job would be a lot easier if people stopped taking the piss out of the patients I see."

Conversely, my job's often made much easier by having patients catheterised. Swings and roundabouts, eh?

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

paulll

Re: Parking lots are full of things!

Not to mention the amount of gold that's very likely in there ....

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

paulll

Re: so.what do we do....

"imagine a seret cabal of scientists in a web of conspiracy "

"big tobacco executives"

Interesting comparison to evoke; Personally I don't believe there's a secret cabal out to prove that,"Environmental Tobacco Smoke," is harmful. I do, however see that it's a trendy and politically valuable notion to try to prove, leading to the risible, "EPA study," and the torrent of junk science that has followed. More of a movement than a cabal. Looks like the same thing's happening with AGW, regardless of what the actual truth is.

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TOO GOOD! Groupon ex-boss to drop, er, 'motivational business album'

paulll

Re: Muzak

LMAO "Save the whales," hehehehe.

Anyway, what does it matter that this guy is self-taught from books, as long as he gets out there and shows, um. oh. Nev'mind.

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

paulll

Re: "privacy is only a problem for the last generation"

Exactly.... I'll bet if the survey asked them, "Would you take a massive kick right in the spuds for cheaper insurance," more than 50% would say yes. Doesn't mean that being surveilled is any less noxious than a Doc Marten to the ghoulies.

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Apple chief Cook: You - senators. Get in here and redo this tax law

paulll

Re: How are Apple (or Amazon) acting illigally

Politicians writing tax codes? HA! Puts me in mind of that line from 'Pushing Tin,' where one of the Flight Service guys says, "Pilots flying the planes? Now that *would* be scary!"

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Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

paulll
Happy

Re: Prognostication

@elderlybloke - Don't worry, my tits are decidely non-tangled. The shouty bit was parodying el_fev, the rest was casual observation with a bit of casual swearing chucked-in 'cos it's fun.

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paulll

Re: Prognostication

I have a 7" tablet because IT FITS IN MY POCKET YOU UTTER UTTER CRETIN. As I've said before around here, a 10" tablet requires some kind of bag which will just as easily carry a laptop which obviates a 10" tablet.

Jobs was an industrial designer in the same way as Colin and fucking Justin are interior designers.

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paulll

Re: Colour me shocked

"That's causation, not correlation."

Is it?

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

paulll

Re: the fat lady is warming up

"which lets be honest, arnnt nearly as good as android or apple." Um. I think Blackberrys (specifically Torch 9810 and Q10, and if I'm honest my old 8230) merrily kick the living shit out of iphones and any Android offering I've seen. I *would* concede that this is a matter of opinion, but you seem convinced that you're making a statement of fact, so maybe I've missed something ... What might that thing be, pray tell?

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Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

paulll

Re: 5G WHY at All ?

"And a whole lot of other things we haven't thought of yet which can be enabled by having cloud-based..." AHhh, it's for the 'cloud'. Well that's ok then.

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Government admits seizing two months of AP phone records

paulll

Re: They have the authority

"They who can give up essential liberty for an iPhone and a Big Mac are spot on." Yeah, that's definitely what Benjamin Franklin would of(sic) said.

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Stroke my sexy see-through backside, says Jobs from BEYOND THE GRAVE

paulll

Re: Another stupid idea ...

"You'd have thought so, but it doesn't seem to happen on the Apple Wireless keyboard power indicator, which uses tiny holes in aluminium to let light through."

Do you smear your oily, grubby thumbs all over the Apple Wireless keyboard power indicator on a regular basis?

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New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

paulll

Re: If they make something that is useful...

My guesses:

iMail: An innovation whereby you insert a document into your iMail, enter a recipient phone number and the recipient's iMail will produce a practically identical copy of your document. In sepia-and-white.

iDV: An insanely innovative set-top box that accepts 120mm, 1.1mm thick iDV discs, containing "Retina-def" movies, tv shows, etc.

The white versions of these will be announced this year; Incrementally-improved, black, versions will fill-out the product line-up for 2014-15.

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Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

paulll

...and yet more airy. The soundstage came alive with incredibly accurate stereo imaging, although obviously this was due in no small part to the depleted uranium interconnects and the pineapple perched on the windowsill.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

paulll

Re: "The term "audio quality" just isn't applicable"

But why the hell would they waste money on an engineer if audio quality doesn't matter?

1) The boss, "producer," and, "engineer," all consider each other to be their homos, and look out for each other.

2) Said status, cemented by appearing in the background of a photo/video with the 'posse' wearing hosiery incorrectly, makes his image marketable whether he knows anything about audio or not.

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paulll

Re: Sad realities

"concept to industrial design to software standards to execution and beyond"

Vis a vis the original ipoo ...

Concept - wasn't new

Industrial design - 'orrible, imo. Matter of opinion

Software standards - LOLOLOLOLOL itunes? HEHEHE

Execution - Locked-up battery that shat and died, no usb, fussy interface?

"(they're even designed for recyclability after they're spent!). " It's not meant to be SPENT! Nobody else thinks these are disposable items.

You know as well as I do that the *only* reason the iPod trounced all the other PMPs out there was that it was so much better-advertised than the rest. Ok, and shinier, I'll grant.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

paulll

"she was very lucky no one was hurt" .. Why do you assume she was very lucky, rather than appropriately careful?

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