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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Where's the 'B' Ark when you need it?

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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Mushroom

Nuke 'em from orbit ....

.... it's the only way to be sure.

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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Made my Friday that has.

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Rate-my-boink app scores frisky fanbois, fangurlz' SCREAMS, VIBRATIONS

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Megaphone

Stop that it's silly

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Ants have careers; you don't want them

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Joke

Re: They Were Tired

No, that just happens when you join the army...

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

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Thumb Up

Re: “US sales tax”

Joseph of Cupertino is recognised variously as the patron saint of air travellers, pilots, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and poor students.

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Competition crowdsources blisteringly-fast software

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Happy

Re: The arrogance

You certainly shouldn't. Base them on the Grauniad instead. A much better class of sensationalist claptrap.

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Re: The arrogance

AceRimmer wrote: You'll also notice that what you quoted is a quote from the original article, not a quote from the scientist.

Aww, c'mon, this is the Reg. Never let logic and fact get in the way of a good sensationalist whinge...

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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but just how many Bothans will die to get them?

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Marks & Spencer Extra Strong teabags for me. Steeped in boiling water for between 1min30 and 2mins with a splash of skimmed milk.

Luvverly.

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Amazon patents digital resale market

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I wonder what sort of knock-on effect granting this patent would have for the likes of Steam for example - especially in light of the current German court case pending regarding the resale of digital copies of games on the Steam platform...?

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Red supergiant Betelgeuse heads for SMACKDOWN with 'dust bar'

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"Betelgeuse's outer arc will crash into it in just five thousand years and the red star itself will follow, around 12,500 years later"

... so not worth staying up late to watch then ...

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iPhone hangs on in US, Japan, but EVERYONE ELSE bought an Android

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FAIL

“Apple’s continual improvement is thanks to both the iPhone 5 and older models attracting various customer groups," said Parlato, "from repeat Apple buyers, first time smartphone buyers and those coming from other smartphone brands”.

... so pretty much every group that bought a smartphone then?

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Mysterious Facebook product plumps up shares on Wall Street

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My money is on them revealing mobile apps for Facebook that actually work...

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Joke

Re: Whatever the product, this will not entice me

"That's no pub. It's a wine bar"

(with apologies to the late Alec Guiness)

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Siri, will Chrome's new speech features kill you?

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Whether or not it works better than Siri is irrelevant. Until voice activation can work with 100% accuracy 100% of the time for 100% of its users it will remain nothing more than a curiosity and a toy ... on any device or platform.

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Now Microsoft 'actively investigates' Surface slab jailbreak tool

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Joke

It's obvious ...

Until someone actually went out and bought a Surface tablet they didn't have to worry. Now that they've actually *sold* one they're taking a much firmer line ...

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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Terminator

"answering one researcher's query with the less-than-scientific term "bullshit.""

... so it passed the Turing test then

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

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Re: Annual remake?

Sure that shouldn't be iMax?

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Nintendo Wii U Review

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FAIL

80% ???

From reading the review, it seems that there are many more negative points being raised than positive ones, so how on earth is this worth an 80% score?

From the review I'd have expected no more than 65%

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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Would it be entered...

You owe me a new keyboard. Where do I send the invoice?

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Holmes

Re: Magic Beans you say

Yep ... definitely am. Why, do you want a toke?

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Prime Minister on Twitter: Me and Obama, we're like THAT

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Facepalm

Re: iFail using LOOSER

@Self-evidently: *ahem* G.W.Bush *cough*

... people in glass houses and all that ...

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Holmes

Re: Well...

Jim Booth wrote: "Is the US Patent Office ran by people who decide simply by rolling one of those yes no balls?"

Well, they're certainly rolling (and smoking by the looks of it) something ...

... can I have some?

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ALIEN DETECTION was SUPPRESSED by the BBC - top boffin

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WTF?

And we pay our license fee because?

Fucking hell BBC ... get a grip!

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Microsoft: TypeScript isn't a JavaScript killer

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Maybe they should leave well alone.

I use JavaScript every single day in my job, and something about trying to shoehorn the language into a 'proper' application development language just strikes me as wrong.

Whilst I find it a very capable tool, it's purpose is, and has always been, to create small blocks of code that perform a single, simple function - not to develop a huge, full-on application consisting of thousands of lines of code. Surely we have much better languages already to achieve this, and as BlueGreen stated above, all this will do is further bloat the language and lead to more abuse of what it's original intended use.

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Paul Allen proposes new space launcher

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And also...

... if you're going to go all that way to design a custom aircraft to act as a first stage lifter, why not just go the whole hog and design an orbital vehicle along similar lines...???

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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Joke

... or as many collisions seen in precicely 24 hours of traffic around L'Arc de Triomphe.

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Coat

"I'm Sparticle"

"No, I'm Sparticle"

"I'm Sparticle, and so is my wife!"

... ok, ok ... I'm going...

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Using virtual particles to get real random numbers

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Try here: http://www.idquantique.com/true-random-number-generator/products-overview.html

IIRC the RNG for ERNIE (the premium bond computer) is a physical RNG. The old version I saw used two drilled spinning disks that were at a large potential difference. The time between electrons jumping from one disc to the other (visible as arcing) was used to generate the random digits.

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San Diego woman strips to bikini to look for her chihuahua

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Pint

@Alpha Tony.

Damn, I can only upvote your most insightful and humorous post once. Many beers for you instead sirrah.

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

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FAIL

You forgot to factor in R&D, software development, etc. etc. They're where the lions share of the cost comes into play.

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Swearing fine quashed as teens have heard it all before

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Thumb Up

Indeed. The truncheon-fondlers should instead, just beat the living shit out of the little foul mouthed scrotes with aforementioned truncheons to teach them some manners.

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Modern Warfare 3 flogged on eBay for a grand

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Trollface

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Profiteers cash in on Steve Jobs' signature glasses

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FAIL

Crass.

that is all.

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Vatican mulls God particle, calls for appointment of antichrist

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Devil

Oh please...

Raphael Bousso, from the University of California Berkeley, told the Catholic News Service that what should be a generally hostile universe might "appear rather carefully tuned to us at first sight".

"Naively it looks like somebody was playing with a lot of dials and turning them exactly to the right places to end up with this large, complex-rich set of phenomena that we see when we look out the window and that, from a scientist's point of view, is a very bizarre situation to be faced with," he said.

... or, you know, perhaps, just maybe ... the fact that the Universe has been around for many billions of years before us and we evolved within it's confines means that rather than it being tuned just especially for US more that we're especially attuned to IT. After all, if our environment were completely hostile to us, we wouldn't have even got out of the starting blocks.

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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Carpet

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Coat

One of the best in a long, long time...

"You mean you don't like the ribbon? It's new!"

"I don't care if it's new – I can't find anything!"

"Sure you can, it's all in the ribbon – somewhere. It's a game software designers like to play with people."

How so very true...

So funny I think a little wee even came out.

... yes, it's the one with the depends in the pocket.

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NASA: Martians likely lived underground

Stumpy

And we all know ...

That million to one chances occur nine times out of ten...

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Canada founded on 'relentless pursuit of beaver'

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Surely you'd use the leaf to cover your beaver?

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Army of 'socialbots' steal gigabytes of Facebook user data

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Cats are, and always have been, anti-social little buggers...

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Darth Vader mounts defence of doomed empire

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Does this mean that, if we're really lucky, a group of pesky rebels will turn up and destroy every single branch of Currys/PC World for us?

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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

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Worrying...

Whilst I'm all for protecting the average Joe/Julie Bloggs this, to me at least, sounds like the start of a VERY slippery slope...

Freedom? We've heard of it...

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Neighbours cop an earful from screaming Swedish w*nker

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Alert

You Bastard!

Now will someone PLEASE pass the mind bleach????

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Ubisoft insists DRM 'a success'

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You know, it's funny ...

... but I buy loads of indie titles that have no DRM at all and am quite happy to fork over cash for them.

I also buy lots of AAA titles via Steam, Direct2Drive, etc.

... however, I haven't bought an Ubisoft title that has this idiotic, overbearing, intrusive and completely pointless DRM embedded, and frankly I never will do so.

It's a real shame since I was looking forward to Assassins Creed Revelations later this year ... looks like I won't be getting it after all ... unless that is Ubisoft stops treating its paying customers like criminals.

Utter fuckwits.

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Boffins build JELL-O memory for your brain

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Joke

At last ...

Maybe I can perform courier duties without having to dump chunks of long term memory ...

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600 tonne asteroid in low pass above Falkland Islands - TONIGHT

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You won't

It collided with Podia and they annihilated one another ...

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Spielberg flung Fox from Transformers 3

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Meh...

Title says it all

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Custard pie activist slams IPCC 'grey literature' habit

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Flame

The big problem with that ...

The real big problem though is that Climate Change / Global Warming has now become such a quasi-religious ground for so many loons that the chances of getting any real, unbiased science out of any area remotely related with the subject is almost nil. Even those scientists performing real, unbiased research are likely to find themselves subject to the ravings of those who refuse to see anything other than their own rabid view of the subject when it comes to peer reviews of their documents.

... flame because ... well, we'll need to keep warm somehow when the next ice age comes knocking (soon if you believe the research...)

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NHS trust issues nurse jub flash alert

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Paris Hilton

Right, that's it...

I'm going BUPA!

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