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1184 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Re: Iron man calling his attacks

Only one of them runs around with rubber nipples, yet still manages to be the idol of every boy (and an unhealthy number of grown men).

Wayne>Stark

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Re: Hawkeye

Giving him back his purple costume would have made him far more memorable.

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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I'll have to downvote you,

if only because of the memory of Major Kira running round in her grubby vest, like an female, alien, John McClane...

...ooh, cold shower, please.

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As an ardent fan of TNG,

I loathed DS9 when it first came out, as the whole "immobile spacestation" concept struck me as very much not Star Trek. The first series was a bit ropey (Dr. Bashir was just unlikable (probably suffering in comparison to the fantastic Garak!), and watching Avery Brooks chew up the scenery was at once hilarious and tragic) but, once it hit it's stride, it really was an excellent show. Shame I never saw the conclusion (think I stopped watching after it was alleged that Gowron had been replaced by a shapeshifter*), but I think it really was the equal of TNG, afterall (unlike Voyager, which was pants, and we can all pretend that Enterprise never happened).

*nothing wrong with the storyline but, as I was 15 when it started, I assume that I must have moved on to other pursuits by this point!

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

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@Guus

Depressingly, you are quite correct. However, smash two cars together, and block the highway for long enough, and they'll probably turn up eventually.

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Re: Satnavs - The curse of modern driving

Isn't "driving without due care and attention" a criminal offence? I'm sure the police would take a pretty dim view of it, at least.

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Lights, camera, infection: HACKERS get Bollywood makeover

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If Hackers is anything to go by,

Mr Cluely's concerns about glamourisation are unfounded. As for trivialisation, if film has taught me anything about hacking, it is that it is most often performed whilst on the run from G-men, probably on a skateboard, and by hooking up a Palm to a payphone. Trivial? It sounds like hardwork to me, and certainly not worth the payoff of inserting Max Headroom into the Superbowl.

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Samsung confirms Tizen-based mobes to debut this year

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Re: This is vaguely irritating

Don't do it - the current formulation of Tizer tastes nothing like the drink you remember (they've replaced all the E-numbers with "fruit extracts" or some other unsuitable crap).

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

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@frank ly

Coward! I just by porn.

No, I jest, no one buys porn, anymore.

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Re: Meh, They may be better off without it.

I like how responses to this comment are all along the lines of "Wii is shit" and "Why won't you acknowledge keyboard layouts other than QWERTY?", missing the point that 1) Wiis are everywhere, 2) many people like to view YouTube, and 3) when using a Wii, the keyboard usually comes up with the expected QWERTY layout.

Are we overrun with Google shills, now?

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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@Oh4FS

Do you need to go for a lie down? You seem to have gotten yourself quite worked up over nothing.

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: Basics: What Is a Contract??

Yup. Three took pains to direct me to the relevant small print on their website, when they decided to up my monthly charges. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, and assumed that this was what was written into the contract at the time I signed it, and promptly left them the following month (fortuitous timing, really).

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@Gordon Lawrie

Doesn't having multiple credit cards over short periods eventually wreck your credit rating?

I've often considered this approach, but worry too much about missing a payment, and thereby getting stung with some hideous interest charge, and so have avoided it, so far.

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

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Re: yet more pseduo-news with a ridiculous headline

Support for Windows Vista isn't due to end until 2017, so why shouldn't I still be using it?

Why Vista's Media Centre can't just pull the EPG from the transmission is beyond me, and has been ever since I set it up - the EPG that is downloaded from BDS (or whoever) is crap, and rarely matches up with all the channels, but it was, however, better than nothing.

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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@Sir Codington

Thanks for posting this. I set up my RPi at the weekend, and was worried that I was doing something wrong (Class4 SD card not fast enough, for example). Will probably be experimenting with some alternate OS builds, and looking forward to learning as I go (my Linux knowledge pretty much fits in a thimble, at present).

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@JEDIDIAH

Linux may be the dominant OS in the forms you describe, but they are viewed by the public as appliances, not computers. You don't need to know anything about Linux to operate your PVR, but knowing how to operate your PVR won't be of any use if you then decide to install Linux on your PC

That said, I think people still view their phones as appliances, and so Ubuntu for phones should have as much chance as anything else (probably not a hope in hell, given the dominance of Android & iOS, and the fact that every executive wants to be able to use his/her iPad as a business device). Good luck to them, though.

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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

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The stamp goes digital?

About time, and it may even cut down the volume of spam I receive (yes, Dad, from you).

On the other hand, this looks set for an epic fail.

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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

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re: Mad but true?

It's madness gone politically correct!

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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

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Don't use Windows 8 - it's confusing and unfamiliar!

Here, take this Linux disc, which is equally confusing and unfamiliar.

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

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@Ledswinger

I didn't really want to upvote this - I've started to come to the realisation that Google are as evil as the next corporation, afterall. But what you've said is true, and I haven't stopped using their products, inspite of their evilness.

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China seeks ‘Oceanauts’ for deep sea exploration

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I read the headline as "Octonauts"

and do not wish to be corrected.

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'Instagram, you were my favourite app and you stabbed me in the back'

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A quick survey of everyone I know that uses Instagram,

reveals that 66% of them work in media. OK, so my sample size was 3, but still...

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Opposable thumbs for FISTS, not finesse, say bioboffins

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Re: I used to box as a yoof as well as playing both codes of rugby.

Quite.

This research is all well and good, but you won't catch me punching a gorilla, anytime soon.

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Review: Mio Cyclo 300 cycling satnav

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Re: download the sustrans app

A fine idea (and I did download a couple of cycle-computer apps, when I got my Android phone), but I don't really want to risk my handset getting smashed/soaked/nicked, so a cheaper and/or well-mounted device would be a better solution.

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US: We'll drag cyber-spies into COURT from their hideouts

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I couldn't help but read that as

"Do as we say, not as we do." Par for the course when it comes to US foreign policy, I suppose.

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Wikipedia doesn't need your money - so why does it keep pestering you?

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Re: Charities waste money

The RSPCA spent money in order to prosecute someone over fox hunting? Regardless of your own views on fox hunting, I'd expect the RSPCA to be against it, and so be more surprised if the RSPCA hadn't done that.

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Thanks for reminding me that Toby Young is a twat.

Somedays, I don't think about him at all, so it's good to know that he's just as much of a twerp as he ever was.

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Cameron defends U-turn on web filth ban, leaves filtering to parents

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"preventing sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood"

When he's finished with that, I've got an empty stable with a door that needs closing - I hear Mr Cameron's quite good with horses.

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Vatican shrugs off apocalypse, fiddles with accounts dept

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If the "religion causes wars and is evil" debate is going to carry on,

I, for one, will welcome the sweet embrace of death, on Friday. At least it will be quiet.

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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Re: Microsucks Windoze O/Ss suck

Has "Micro$haft" fallen out of fashion?

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Football club catches, then punts, Kaspersky name

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@steve876

I know my place.

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Re: Why...

To attract the attention of ill-educated bogans who don't realise that you can get free anti-virus software?

Apologies if this is either racist of class-ist. It's probably a bit of both.

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Re: I know what I'd do if I was Kaspersky

Then again, you really can't buy this sort of publicity!

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Muppets launch app store guide for little fingers

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The only advice I would offer to app developers targetting children

would be to leave out all the click through adds. Of course, that's their revenue stream, and they'd all go bust if they couldn't depend upon the parents not putting a PIN on their app store account!

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Re: Sesame Street != muppets

What? What's Guy Smiley, if not a Muppet?

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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The only good vigilante is Batman.

Anonymous, are you Batman? No? Shut up, then.

On the other hand, WBC deserve everything they get, so full steam ahead!

Oh, I'm so conflicted...

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Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm

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I can't like this enough.

Nice one, science! Still, it's only a matter of time before she puts the hand to better use, crushing the skulls of those who would oppose her - go girl!

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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No Yahoo!?

Don't tell me it's still going?

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei 'likes' Facebook despite ban

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An oppressive regime,

engaging in hypocritical behaviour? Whatever next?

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Review: Eurocom Monster W110ER gaming netbook

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Re: battery life of just one hour 20 minutes,

Yes. Reading this, I could quite see it living under my telly, hooked up via HDMI, and with a Bluetooth keyboad/mouse (family asleep? Full screen gaming ahoy!), so the small screen and weedy battery would never be an issue. But really, what would be the point? More than likely I could put something together to do the same, without spending £1k or more, were I so inclined.

Still, credit where it's due for the accessible innards - that's a nice feature in a laptop/netbook.

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Analyst offers cut-price fondleslab recipe

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@ Mark

Quite. Netbooks (and low-end laptops) seem to be overpriced, and utterly stagnant, which is a shame, as they're quite popular in my house (no one wants to do anything work-like on a tablet).

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Re: sub $100 tablets

I really like the sound of these cheapo tablets, and there's always someone on forums like this extolling the virtues of the one they've acquired. However, whenever I look into buying one, it's invariably an unknown quantity - reliable review sites seem to stick to the established brands.

It's a shame, really, as I'd quite like a cheap one for the kids (so I don't burst into tears when they inevitably smash it!), but the thought of buying one and then finding out that, say, Angry Birds Star Wars* won't run, doesn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm.

*don't judge me, it's as good a benchmark app as any

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Samsung mobes pwned by ANY APP, thanks to chip code hole

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@ Paul Crawford

Common sense in short supply, as usual. Of course, it doesn't matter, as we're supposed to bin our mobiles every 12 months.

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Re: Good ol' Google

"Google doesn't drive [etc.]" I hope they don't employ anybody. Fuck society, eh?

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@ Cynical Observer

As a salaried employee (of the state), I am allowed to claim expenses. However, when I spend that money (e.g. on petrol, car maintenance, train tickets), I am paying tax (VAT, fuel duty). At the end of the year, HMRC look at how much I've claimed, then reduce my personal allowance, ensuring that I pay tax on my expenses again. I'm certainly not making a profit out of this.

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I like this arguement.

Complaint: "Duck Duck Go is shit. I used it to search for something, and it didn't find it."

Response: "No, Duck Duck Go is fine. You should have gone to the relevant website and found it for yourself. Why would you need a search engine?"

Bravo!

I'm still using Google, simply because Google is the best there is at what it does (even if what it does ain't very nice).

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Re: It is *all* the politicians' fault.

Well said, Ken. Sadly, who are the politicians more likely to listen to - the wealthy, with their party donations and media influence, or the voting public?

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Max Headroom style fake celebrity avatar plan seeks Kickfunding

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Max Headroom was just Matt Frewer in latex?

Oh, man, I feel such a fool...

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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WOPR was hardly a badass, though!

With regards to Deep Thought, I don't know where that picture came from, as there's never been a film adaptation of that.

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Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

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Re: It just looks so pathetic

5 servings of KFC? No thanks. 1 is already 1 too many.

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