* Posts by CynicalOptimist

20 posts • joined 9 Mar 2010

Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Joke

He could have strengthened his legal case if he’d teamed up with other manufacturers. Currently, he is operating in a vacuum.

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Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

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Re: Sounds like...

a 'party line' was used as a plot device in the Doris Day romcom Pillow Talk to connect two strangers who antagonise each other at first but ultimately fall in love. Perhaps a 'party IP' remake is due. Better hurry up though, it will be an anachronistic joke soon (at least outside of the UK).

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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obviously there is nothing stopping them copying the files - but clearly a man of great principle, our hero Bruce wants his wishes to be legally sound when declaring them on his last will and testament. Assuming he wins and is allowed to bequeath his digital music to his beloved daughters, they will then have to argue over who gets what. "Daddy would want me to have Angel by Robbie Williams" etc.

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How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold

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Facepalm

Tonnes of lottery funding for what are clearly well run programmes produces great athletes: perhaps not surprising. I would say this is despite the mixed quality of school sports infrastructure/teaching/support. My experience of secondary school sports was that of PE teachers who were bullies, a slavish adherence to the national curriculum which meant lessons often consisted of a couple of weeks learning about a random sport (e.g. volleyball) before moving onto something else without mastering even the basics and sports teams that were run voluntarily (albeit with more enthusiasm and less bullying!) by Geography, English and History teachers.

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Insect vision a template for computer ‘sight’

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I've heard there is a lot of buzz around these guys' research..

.. I'll get my coat

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Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

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after n posts..

For any story about Microsoft, what is the average number of posts before the discussion 'degenerates' into: why I love/hate the ribbon?

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Nicholas Cage remake of The Wicker Man

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Loyal NASA rover Opportunity enters 9th year of Mars boffinry

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or 63 in dog years! Well done Rover.

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NASA study identifies the ‘low hanging fruit’ in climate change

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you can allow free roaming cows as long as you make them wear nappies

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El Reg takes man for romantic weekend for two at Intel chip factory

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Joke

healthy lunch?

I suppose baked chips are healthier than deep fried.

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Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

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in Germany, a cable channel employee once interrupted a porn film with footage of a sporting event.

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Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

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Stop

stop giving these loons the publicity they so desperately seek.

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MPs label police IT 'not fit for purpose'

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The public sector: putting the IT back into shit since time immemorial.

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Dell Alienware M18x 18.4in gaming notebook

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Go

If it's portability you need just buy a desktop of equivalent spec instead and with the money saved you can hire a sedan chair + crew to transport you and your machine wherever you need to be.

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World 3D TV sales to jump in 2011

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Alien

Next Generation?

I have no need for a 3D tellie because the only programme I watch is Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD (indeed, even bog-standard widescreen is unnecessary too). Some may consider it ironic that I shun new technology because of my obsession with the past's vision of the future.

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Commodore 64 revivalist posts prototype PC pics

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Thumb Down

Ben Heck

Not to be confused with Glen Beck.

This guy puts current and past tech in custom made boxes.. e.g. xbox 360 gubbins in a replica Atari case.

http://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-28953/l/episode-14-see-ben-build-an-atari-xbox-360

He releases a new episode of his show every fortnight and the results of his projects are impressive. What's taking C64 USA so long?

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Fukushima's toxic legacy: Ignorance and fear

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Alert

IT helpdesk

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

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Headmaster

probability

In theory, companies learn by their mistakes and improve their products and services as a result. But in the brave new world of the cloud, many more users of paid for (and free) web services will find themselves the victims of human error and weaknesses in system design. Still, in the case of flickr, with millions of unique users, you have to be pretty unlucky for something like this to happen to you (which is clearly no comfort if it does happen!).

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Ms. Gates: 'Bill does not use a Mac'

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Gates Horns

iZune

"There's nothing that the iPod does that I say, 'Oh, wow, I don't think we can do that.'"

This is a particularly meaningless statement. Essentially Apple did the hard work in terms of functionality, usability, style etc. and then Bill Gates said "yeah, we could copy that". Well done Microsoft, except that your attempt was poor.

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Daily Mail commentard out-tw*ts the Tw*t-O-Tron

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Pirate

Sharia Law.. it's too good for em'

I like how the Mail is simultaneously pro harsh punishments for criminals (death penalty, long custodial sentences, life-means-life etc) while being anti Sharia law. If the Mail was consistent, it would launch a campaign to have Sharia law introduced in Britain, instead of writing scare-mongering articles about it. But then if the Mail was consistent, rational or logical about anything it would have fewer readers than the Independent.

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