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5642 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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Re: The rich get richer ...

It's not like Gates is spending his time trying to get richer. It seems he literally can't give his money away faster than he accrues it!

Also - I didn't get poorer. Did you?

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Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

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1080p/i cable TV and streaming video tends to be compressed to hell now

Works OK for me on Netflix and Blinkbox. And a better compression for regular HD can't be a bad thing.

Plus, HD is still the domain of downloaded rather than streaming video anyway, for the enthusiast who spends $1000s on their TV and AV kit. And you can bet proper 4k players/discs will be out shortly.

"But a 27-30" 4k monitor for my desktop would be nice."

Um, you've been able to buy such a monitor for at least two years. The fact it didn't have a stupid "4K" sticker on it is irrelevant.

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Re: What will the MPEG crime cartel do?

"Let's be very clear here: software patents are evil, and people who support them are horrible."

Let's be very clear here. You live an inordinately pampered life and have no idea what you're talking about. People who sell vulnerable young women as slaves are evil. By contrast software patents, even if you disagree with them, can only be described as bad/wrong.

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Re: Pi on their face?

Support... sure why not? Having the computational grunt to make it usable... maybe not.

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

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Re: A quick look

Google would seem to have far more room for growth simply because they keep trying to find new markets. A billion here or there doesn't make much difference on speculative stuff, until they find themselves the leader in automated cars in 2025 or implantable technology in 2030.

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Re: Wishful thinking or just Clickbait?

If he thinks he's right then he'd be an idiot NOT to invest in Google. To be honest if you invest widely in the tech sector, you should have at least some GOOG shares regardless, probably MSFT as well.

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Re: Pha!

The "UK billion" isn't used by anyone and hasn't been for a long time. These are standard definitions, not stupid nation-specific terms like shillings and ounces :)

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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This is classic political maneouvering

Which scares people from entering the water, drowning or sharks? You're dumber than the politicians you're attacking, they realise that what people are worried about is what makes the difference to tourism.

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Re: An interesting fact

So because something is rare, don't bother about it? A politician who does something about a perceived threat, in order to safeguard $(tens of millions) of tourist money, is definitely not stupid.

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Re: People are feckin' stupid

I'm not sure how you think making American roads safer is going to make people who like to swim on Australian beaches feel safer.

More people are killed by bad diet/lifestyle than cars, but I don't see you on a treadmill. Now who's stupid?

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Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

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Re: What law & what locality?

Surely it would be legal, or at least possible to make it legal, as well as enforceable, for EU governments to instruct ISPs run in EU nations to block or fail to resolve DNS for websites breaking EU law, regardless where those websites are hosted and their owners incorporated?

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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Re: Surely most of these are Trolls

200k people is about one person in a thousand if you assume about 1/3 of the world's population have internet connection and are in a sensible age bracket.

The spirit of adventure is not dead.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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XP -> 8

Golly, that's a big jump.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Coca/Pepsi Cola is just water with sugar, fizz and marketing added.

Beer is just water mixed with a few plants and left for a while. So what?

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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Re: Profitless Android

"And you would have us believe that nobody but Samsung managed to skim a profit off of all this activity? Where did the money to hire the engineers, build the factories, stock the shelves, hire the sales and delivery men come from?"

Since profit comes after not only salary and manufacturing, but paying fat bonuses and investing in R&D, it's entirely possible that the prospect of a seven-figure salary is a motivation after ploughing all 'profit' into future product development.

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glasses and lasers

"Some people are paying thousands of pounds to get their eye's lasered so they don't have to wear glasses"

They still wear sunglasses when it's sunny. People don't like having to wear glasses just to see normally, this doesn't mean they won't wear glasses which provide additional functionality (like internet or not going blind).

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: Cables?

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: The world does not revolve around Apple

Don't let facts get in the way of being a moron...

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Not sure about this

While I think a standard is very much a Good Thing (whether it's an existing mini-USB or Lightning or something brand new), I'm not sure I like government dictating what companies can and can't do. Shouldn't market forces be allowed to work here?

Also, if this is an EU thing does it mean Apple can sell Lightning-based phones in the US and USB (or whatever) in the EU if they choose? The US is their biggest market and changing connector AGAIN to please the EU might be very unpopular with the Yanks.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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a considerable chunk of motorists don’t bother with satnavs - 39 per cent, in fact

I'm surprised it's only 39%, so many people in late middle age and above don't use them and see no need to, they've managed for decades without needing hand-holding turn-by-turn help!

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Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

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applications always run 10 times as slow and take 4 times the memory still

How is this kind of ignorant statement getting up-votes? One would hope Reg readers weren't that dumb.

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

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Re: So, do I buy?

Why would being 3 years old matter when it targets the same hardware? I wouldn't in general expect a new game now to be better than a new game 3 years ago.

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Negative is positive?

All the negative comments are basically "it's not much better than GT5". But GT5 was/is very well regarded isn't it?

I don't have any GT game other than GT5 prologue so on that basis it seems like GT6 is wonderful... as long as you don't already have GT5?

Or should I use this as an opportunity to buy GT5 cheap?

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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Does it work?

Did anyone try it out?

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Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad

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Re: Nobody's arguing

Well yes, you don't want them having unrealistic expectations ;)

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Re: @ JDX

Showing a condom ad to people not even interested in sex seems rather pointless. Most kids who get pregnant HAVE had sex-ed. They just do it anyway. Just as kids are all told smoking is bad, but so many still take it up.

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Pooing is natural but we still tend not to do it in public. "It's natural" is not a valid argument in itself. Wanting to punch people is natural, but we are taught not to do this too often.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Re: Shame

Very unlikely people will buy this just for fun, that's what the iMac is for. Pro is for people who DO actually want to use their computer to do some work.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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there are many places in the world where you don't want to be caught taking candid photos

Which will simply ban wearing such devices, just as swimming baths ban using mobile phones.

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Expect to see Google Glassholes winking at you from across the street

I've yet to see anyone with them. Are they even in mainstream production yet?

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Camera-phones were/are a perv's dream too. So are mini-cameras you can fit in a coathook or your hat/lapel. So what?

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Microsoft admits: We WON'T pick the next Steve Ballmer this year

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Musk?

That would be fun...

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Google's Dart on target to replace JavaScript? That'll be the day

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Re: Give me a proper strongly typed OO language, then we'll talk

Or because some of us don't want to download kilobytes of extraneous data in web-pages?

Have page-shrinkers ever really become the norm (i.e. cut comments, rename variables as short as possible), or has widespread ADSL meant nobody cares any more?

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This is still going?

I'd assumed it had died like so many other Google technologies e.g. Gears. And what's the story with NaCl while we're on the subject - gaining traction or just another technologically cool idea that isn't going to take off in real life?

I really don't think the right idea is to introduce ANOTHER language. Being able to re-use code between your browser and desktop apps (and even the server for shared libraries) is surely a better idea than having to port your code, rewrite standard libs from one language that don't exist in another, etc?

Streamlined versions of JS are not solving the underlying problem.

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Re: Java

Sorry Steve but you're showing your ignorance. Certain Java IMPLEMENTATIONS have security holes. Not the Java language itself. Using Java as the native browser language doesn't mean we have to use Oracle Java.

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

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You do realise that "narcissistic unwashed" describes IT workers far better than the general population, right?

FB was designed for the masses i.e. normal people, who care about the mundane minutiae of friends' lives. We're the odd ones, not them.

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Maybe FB is right, after all didn't our parents always say...

..."If you've nothing nice to say, say nothing?"

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You have it backwards, you should be friending people on FB after they are your friends in real life, a bit like swapping mobile numbers or email addresses.

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because there's no other way to express an emotion

This has led to many bizarre situations, such as people "Liking" the fact their chum's parents have passed away, because there's no other way to express an emotion.

Other than commenting on the post. Or phoning them up.

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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

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Re: Microsoft can go

I bet 20 years ago you were advising companies "don't waste time with the internet, it's just a fad".

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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B.) YOU SHOULD NEVER TRUST ANYTHING ON 4CHAN.

Very true except that

a)most people have never even HEARD of 4Chan

b)if someone starts copying it around the web the fact it came from 4Chan is irrelevant

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Re: No sympathy...

Yeah, chicks only dig people who know their unix commandline. Oh wait, it's generally the opposite, sitting on your PC all day telling everyone how smart you are is more likely to result in YOU not reproducing.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

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Smart

Since true nanobots remain over the horizon, some sort of hybrid is a very clever idea. Our own cells are far better than anything we can yet dream of making.

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Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report

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Re: Poor ol' 5C

Yeah poor old Apple selling squillions of their old model.

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Re: Nokia

I'd like to see a longer list. With so many handsets, and even the Lumia range now quite wide, for any handset to make the list is notable but doesn't tell so much about the OS war.

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Facebook-owned Instagram morphs into messaging service to please admen

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Snapchat spurned a $3bn buyout offer from Facebook.

If this is true, then WHY? They think they are worth more?!!!

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Re: Ads, Ads and yet more [redacted] ads

Sure - as soon as people want to start paying for services rather than expecting them to be free.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: That Takes Brain Cells

Seems rather dumb to assume all criminals are dumb.

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Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps

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Re: I'm with you on that.

But bizarrely not the comments.

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