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5505 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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"to me that seems to be a matter of M, F or Other"

But that system puts everything other than M/F as a 2nd tier. It would be like saying to a bisexual person "you must identify as Gay, straight or other (please specify)".

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Shock horror, old fans like old version!

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I like it

I'm primarily a Windows user and am more likely to buy a Mac Mini than an iMac for my iOS development work, but if I was in the position to need/afford a stupidly overspecced PC I'd be on this like a shot.

It's a niche product like a Ferrari. You can go as fast as a Ferrari for far less but it's still not the same... most of us will never be in the position to have the choice anyway though!

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

>>If you get a pad you don't get one with Windows 8. Why would you?

Because you use it for work, not just for Netflix, email and web-browsing. Just make sure it's not the RT version!

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Re: What the hell did they expect?

With 8.1 you barely have to use the "touch interface" if you don't want to. Laying out the start-menu as a tiled full-screen affair may not be to everyone's taste, but it IS a totally valid non-touch mechanism for the desktop - fiddling around inside nested menus in a quarter of your screen when you can see everything spread out using your whole screen. If anything, it's more like OSX and I don't remember people rampaging about how that is stupid without a touch-screen.

How do the more popular Linux setups approach this? I didn't think they aped the start-menu, or do they? Don't they mostly let you view your programs in lists or tiled pages?

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Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

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Re: Well it is now the most commonly used database server....

Amazon offer MSSQL, Oracle, etc as well as MySQL (or Maria). I wonder if they release stats on number of nodes using each?

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Decent idea

Maybe it'll be useful, maybe it won't, but this is one totally valid use case for Glass or similar tech and trying it out is a sensible idea.

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Re: Of course NYPD cops wearing Glass...

Like how they're allowed to exceed the speed limit and run red lights, you mean? The whole point is they are trained how to drive fast / use tech while driving, while concentrating properly.

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RISE of the MACHINES and Bitcoin: Bill Gates' Reddit tech predictions

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Very interesting reddit.

Recommend taking 5-10min to read through it yourselves. Lots of nice things there.

Also Meredith (though I don't know the reddit culture enough to know if that was real or a joke).

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Re: He taking his cues from Andrew Carnegie

Check your facts, douche.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Which Nokia?

Is this the Nokia that MS are buying, or the Nokia which is remaining afterwards?

Considering WP8 gets reviewed as consistently better than the bottom-end Android phones in bang for cycle, these must be really low-end. Basically replacing the Asha range?

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Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

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My hope is that nanotech is the game-changer for medicine within my lifetime, the biggest thing since antibiotics.

My fear is it is the medical equivalent of sustainable fusion power. Always just around the corner.

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Apple investor Icahn backs down on share buyback plan

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Re: Maybe there is hope for Wall St. yet?

Beating Icahn might push up stock prices meaning he still wins though.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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Re: Gamer's rights

So you reckon he should've changed it to cost $5?

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Re: "an open source remake"

>>Is it OK to rip off Nintendo's art assets though?

Now what was that saying you were taught about two wrongs?

>>Also, if he's not selling it anymore, how is he being ripped off?

Indie game developers run into this all the time, wanting to use assets from old games. "EA doesn't sell this game anymore and I don't want to make money off it, so that's OK, right?" Nope.

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"an open source remake"

Because ripping someone off is OK if you make it open-source?

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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I think the parents are supposed to set an example of the value of hard work by doing some themselves, not sit about on their arses and make the kids do all the chores ;)

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Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

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or when the OS crashes and it bricks in mid air

Your modern car is already computer controlled but you don't drive along worried the OS might crash.

Drones colliding should be easily overcome with collision avoidance that overrides human input. Watch a big flock of birds and you'll see thousands in close proximity without any communication, yet they don't bump into each other.

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Firefox's touchy-feeling Windows 8 makeover now in beta

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Re: No one told them?

Indeed. Loads of custom apps feature embedded browser functionality for instance.

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Re: Better avoid..

I guess it's targeting Windows Surface? Is there an RT version too or is it for Surface Pro and full Win 8.x only?

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Re: No one told them?

How does Windows know an application is a web-browser? Something has got twisted in the telling here surely?

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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a relatively small investor

I bet that really peed him off. Zing!

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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we can rebuild him, temporarily

We have the technology

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

I think most is a vast exaggeration. For most, the fact you can get them as fast as you can watch them is enough.

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Re: I'd be interested in the I7...

What are you wanting to do on a low-power system that needs 16Gb? PCs have pretty much stopped shipping with increased RAM since 4-6Gb became standard 5 years ago.

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Because Netflix uses Silverlight

Netflix works wonderfully on my TV, iPad and on the wife's Nook (Android) tablet. Surely they don't all use SilverLight. EVERY new TV and gadget has a Netflix app, maybe some bespoke version but why can't Chrome have one of those two?

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Re: OK for web browsing

No Netflix? How come - ChromeCast supports NetFlix after all.

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Re: 16GB, really?

What part of ChromeOS do you not understand Ketlan? If you want to store all your files locally, buy something else.

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Twitter shares plummet as first-ever earnings show weak growth

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IPO-related overhead, including a $521m charge for stock-based compensation expenses

WTF? We see numbers thrown around but five hundred million dollars as a fee?

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Schmidt gets $100m in Google stock on top of his $6m bonus

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What business has he ever started and built from the ground up?

Who cares? Running a massive corporation is not like starting a startup. Totally different in fact.

Look at GOOG's worth when he joined, and now. Case closed.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: Expensive

Battlefield 4 is in a whole different league to these games though.

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Expensive

Paying for beta access isn't that new, and I don't mind the idea. But you should be paying a fraction of the full price and £20-26 is quite expensive even for a finished indie game. You're supposed to be incentivised to play pre-release by getting it cheap, or getting free life-access to pay-subscription features.

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IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

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Gonna point me at the law which says that is their duty?

Um, you seem to piss the point. If it was the law he would've said it was the law, not that it was their duty. It can't be the law for it to be your duty because then it's not your duty, it's the law.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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Re: Intresting

Has anyone done that yet? You could print the whole sheet AS a solar cell except where it was used for circuitry.

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Re: @fibbles

However you can do this, which is almost the same:

ElectronInks KickStarter

edit: this is in production, having brought in 7X the amount they wanted HomePage

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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What a load of boring rot

No, not FB. All the "non conformists" who despite being unique have posted almost carbon copies of the same template "I don't confirm, I never use FB, it will fail". Ironic really.

I bet you all have blogs where you complain about the narcissism of posting on Twitter and FB too.

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It's good you accept your place is on the sidelines of society. I mean really, when a computer nerd LIKES a social tool that's the time the owner should be worried.

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Re: Stop it, Now!

>>I've never used it. I have no need for it. I don't get sucked into fads. I never follow the crowd

Other than the "I don't follow the crowd" crowd. Or the internet forum fad.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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I never played Eve (or any MMORPG) but I've read a few stories like this over the years and they always make it sound fascinating.

I've no idea how it really works but I am choosing to picture this battle as being like something from an Iain M. Banks novel.

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: "...Adobe make all the best software for creating PDFs"

>>Do they fuck.

Damn right, MSWord is awesome for making PDFs.

Not sure whether I'm serious or joking here, it's one of the best features even though PDF printers were around for ages before hand.

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OXML was at least a step towards open standards from MS - you can now actually create and edit DOCX files using standard libraries for instance - and of late they have been supporting more FOSS projects (where it suits them obviously).

I wonder if longer term MS might actually move to supporting some standard life ODF by default?

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: BS 546

The US 2-pin mains plug is just horrible. I never understand how it isn't actively dangerous, you always seem to get sparking when you plug stuff in/out, and plugs just wobble rather than engage securely like the UK plug.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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@Ragarath

If you die so much that you have to do it that many times then you are obviously not meant for that game, choose an easier one

If the game mechanic has a health meter of some sort, then being able to respawn mid-level can be seen as making it overly easy. But if it's an instant-death mechanic, you're wrong. The fact I got to point X means I already proved I can do everything before X. If X is hard and I have to try it 10 times, why do I need to prove over and over I can do the bit which didn't cause problems?

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Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

And for that reason, I'm out. This is one way modern games HAVE moved on. Make me keep re-doing the bit that killed me, but not the whole bloody level.

Also, did he really say you lose ALL progress if you quit the game?

AAAAAAAAAAaaaarghhh.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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inherent hatred ... will never disappear.

I think it will. Already, people entering into web-development this decade may never have to work with IE6 at all. Those entering the field in a few years will never have to work with IE7 or 8, and with IE9 things took a big step forward.

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Microsoft's own fault for thinking they didn't have to bother complying with standards

Back in the bad old days, nobody considered standards important. FOSS didn't really exist, not in the mainstream anyway, and everyone developed their own 'standards' as a matter of course.

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Re: Rare pragmatic response

The point is it doesn't cost much more if you plan on it up front, rather than design everything on Chrome and then try to make it work on other browsers later.

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Re: I ditched IE in 2000.

Which browser wasn't ugly in 2000?

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Re: Rare pragmatic response

I doubt it was really cheaper. More than likely, they designed their new site without proper thought and then realised "oh shit, it doesn't work on IE7 and all our customers use it". And now it's cheaper to do this than rework it all.

They probably let some bright-eyed graduates on the job, who were determined to do the whole thing in the newest web technologies just because they're new and cool.

It's a recruitment site. It doesn't need loads of HTML5 and a super-efficient JS compiler. It shouldn't anyway.

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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

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Why's it always KickStarter these days?

Firstly, wonderful project and well done on all the hard work.

But it seems like KS is obligatory now, and innovative companies have been growing all over the place for decades... did you already approach the more traditional channels?

I'd have thought this would also be a perfect thing to apply for Dragons' Den btw, if you're of that bent.

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