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5408 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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Re: Battery life

>>Wooohoo. My diesel car retains 100% of its tank capacity after five years

Think before speaking. The tank doesn't lose capacity but the engine WILL lose power and the mpg WILL deteriorate... net effect, a full tank will not get you as far as it did when new.

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Re: Battery life

>>They already did that. It's called Petrol. Or Diesel.

I never drove a car that could do 5000 miles on a tank of gas. Or that cost $5000 new.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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there were those of us commentards who were saying he wouldn't last the year

When you've been saying that for the last 5 years it doesn't sound quite as prophetic ;)

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Sponsored Stories ruck: Zuck chucks 15 bucks at ad photo suck schmucks

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Why only those who complained?

With something like FB, you can actually tell exactly who was affected because FB owns all the data... they can very easily see every user used in a sponsored ad.

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Re: The Cost of "Business"?

Why on earth should they give away everything this brought in? If they only earned $5m from stories, they shouldn't still be fined $20m?

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: "I don't see any benefit at all for Google in doing this"

Grow up

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Clearly he rose from one of the original members of the company when tiny to running it when gigantic by being stupid.

I very much doubt he is stupid. Out of touch, yes. Eccentric and with poor social skills, yes. Stupid... no.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Who will choose?

Will Steve get to pick or will the board do it? Will it be someone internal or an outside appointment - I can't really name any other MS folk now Sinofsky has left?

I wonder why he implemented such a massive reorganisation right before leaving. Shouldn't the person initiating such a huge restructure be the one to see it through?

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Now he wants to be a bird

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Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked secret US government documents to the Wikileaks website, has announced he wants to live as a woman

WTF?

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What point exactly are you making? Because other people and countries do bad things, that makes it right to do so yourself?

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Were you never taught that two wrongs don't make a right? Committing a crime in response to another crime is still a crime, e.g. vigilante mobs. Robin Hood may be a popular hero figure but he was still a criminal.

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Harsh but...

If you are prepared to release classified documents as a matter of principle/ideals, to try and genuinely change the world, you need to be aware that you will likely suffer for it even if you are later revered. that's part of the deal, and something you consider an acceptable risk - so many others have been imprisoned or died over history, from Mandela to St. Paul!

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

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Re: While we're grumbling....

I guess they figure the search term is more memorable than a URL. In many cases they're probably right.

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Re: Fine but...

You don't have to install WP any more than you have to install this thing... many companies offer hosted WP and will do everything for you.

What makes you think this setup is any less open to hacking?

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Re: Dedicated web presence

If they could have a URL which simply redirects to their FB page, this would probably be slightly better IMO. I don't want to have to "find you on FB".

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Fine but...

I don't object to template based sites, they are in fact far preferable to the kind of crud many small businesses use.

But what's wrong with just using WordPress? It lets you use templates and will also work from iOS since you can do everything from the browser.

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100 MEEELION self-driving cars will be sold globally in 2035 – report

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Re: Driving a chore?

Lots of people like riding horses but they were replaced by cars. They are now exclusively used for recreation (OK 99% to account for people on farms, etc but you get the point).

The same could happen to self-drive cars but more likely is that you'll always be allowed to take control, except perhaps on motorways where it makes sense to force everyone to be automated.

Driving in the Scottish countryside is not going to disappear.

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Re: One word for this prediction:

If planes carrying hundreds of passengers can take off and land on autopilot and fly from place to place, and fighter planes can engage other planes at Mach 3 before landing on an aircraft carrier, I reckon driving you to Asda is not exactly outside the realms of possibility.

There is absolutely no reason on the technical side that cars can't drive at least as well as humans, even amongst other human driven cars. It may well require a lot more work to figure out, but there's nothing magical about your brain that can't be reproduced.

Once upon a time the idea that a phone could beat a grandmaster at chess would have been laughable.

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Re: Isn't that called a "train" ?

Um, when a train will take you between literally any two addresses in the country, yes. So, no. Think a bit more before posting a glib one-liner.

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Re: Flying cars?

Seems eminently plausible.

The biggest issue is trying to fit self-driving cars into roads alongside old fashioned manual-driven cars, rather than having a proper self-driving infrastructure which would require individual cars be far less smart.

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Re: More surveillance

>>I think as soon as insurance companies get a whiff of this fashion

Um, I think something which is an internet phenomenon is probably going to have attracted their attention already, and that the revolutionary idea of a camera on your dashboard probably wasn't hard to come with in the first place.

It doesn't really gain the insurers much anyway. On average each insurer will still have to pay out as often so while this might make the system more accurate, most of the errors in the current setup probably balance out :)

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Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

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Re: NFC == No Frigging Chance

Well done for proving how little you actually know about what these websites DO.

Liking is as important a part of FB as the post voting is on these forums.... not very.

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Re: Water

Who exactly is this "we"? What exactly are you doing about it?

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Re: Why bring poor people online?

The same way everyone got bored with mobile phones and email and went back to landlines and fountain pens?

FB may go but social networking is clearly here to stay until something else replaces it - it is a natural idea that once the infrastructure supports it, the way people communicate will change.

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I don't agree. Google, yes... but I get the impression Zuck genuinely believes in this guff. He sounds like a typical nerd talking about how great the internet is, etc etc. If a nerd makes something cool and suddenly people are throwing $billions at them, what exactly do you think is going to happen?

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Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

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Nokia Tablet

Wouldn't they be better putting WP8 on it? Or does MS stipulate they cannot?

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

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"It's a beautiful illustration of how complicated our climate system is,"

Or a beautiful example how you can twist a theory to fit any observed data?

Less cynically, 7mm over the oceans' surface comes to 2.386×10^12 m^3 (cubic meters)... is that a reasonable amount of water to be flooding Oz?

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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

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Can we come up with something better than "idiot tax"? It's even less funny than the round corners meme.

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

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Re: "one could simply refrain from logging into a Google account

If you use gmail then you're automatically logged into google. So the answer to "What's Google got that anyone needs to log in for?" could simply be "gmail"

And Drive (Docs) of course, which is a decent tool. And Picassa (if it's still around).

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Re: Privacy? Oh that was something they had in olden times

I find that the more someone whinges about privacy, the less there is about them anyone would want to know about.

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What's the big deal?

Other than the fact I'm doing it through the Google home-page, what's the story here? I'm not giving Google more info than they already have, and this isn't letting other people search my stuff. It's just a convenient way to let me search across data with multiple Google products, which Google already knows about me.

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Re: One must be a complete idiot

A bit like how you're an idiot if you have to check your own diary, because you put the things there in the first place?

Some people really should think a bit more before trying to make others look stupid.

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Samsung faces Brazilian rap: Factory bods work '15hrs without break'

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You've got to be doing pretty badly...

...to get in trouble breaking South American employment laws.

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

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Re: It's a bit of a shame.

It works pretty OK without touch really. For me anyway... I very rarely click the Start button on W7. All the Metro stuff is wasted on me, but it doesn't really get in my way either. I wouldn't buy a new PC to get W8 but I wouldn't not buy a new PC because it had W8.

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Re: Question

Since W8 is massively different to its predecessor, your statement doesn't even make sense let alone seem funny.

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

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Luckily I noted this was filed under Bootnotes before commenting

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Facebook reassures adland: We've got s**tloads of users

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Re: Ahhh But

Given that the vast majority of web users will never explicitly log out I think you get an idea.

Also: "daily mobile active users in the UK stood at 20 million" seems to pretty clearly state 20 million users. If I login to my bank 3 times a day I'm still one user.

Telling you how many logins is not useful at all, I haven't logged in for weeks but I load the page most days.

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Top execs off as Zynga's new CEO shaves 'layer' off senior ranks

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Chief People Officer

Huh?

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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Cupertino idiot-tax operation

Maybe El Reg should commission a report into the phone choices of Fortune 500 CEOs, or entrepreneurs who have started up successful profitable companies, etc.

An average Joe spending £500 on a mobile phone is idiotic, regardless of brand.

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Re: If...

It's easy to just make these statements. The sad fact that is if you say it in an authoritative manner, some people will take what you say as established fact.

That goes for pro/anti arguments against green energy I should add, just as for pro/anti arguments about any emotive argument ("the bible actually says ..." being another prime example where people just say things demonstrably not true.

The people arguing a Range Rover is less harmful to the environment never seem to be people who actually care about the environment, and it's surely a bit of an anomaly how many of them own Range Rovers and could perhaps be motivated by self interest.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Does anyone actually use these new tabs?

I saw them and thought "great another dumb feature" and immediately disabled it. Are they actually worthwhile?

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

If a 6" phone won't fit in your jacket pocket, your jacket is crap. Suit jackets are often traditionally used for carrying your diary, wallet, etc. Hell, may suit jackets I can (just) get my Kindle into.

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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

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Re: No early copies

Anyone who cares already has the preview though.

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WinRT

If they hadn't done a Pro version, maybe this would have had a chance. Hell, releasing Windows PHONE 8 for tablets might have had a better chance and would be a bit less confusing.

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

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Re: It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole

And then when you eventually get to that point, you can actually do some work on your PC.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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Re: Not fair

And yet camouflage is still used even on armoured vehicles.

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Re: Who..?

Many businesses use such locks, this isn't just about homes.

As for why... the humble key was not originally chosen because it's the best possible way of securing a lock. It was chosen because at the time, it was the best solution afforded by modern technology. Assuming an old solution must be better than a new one is as bad as assuming a modern solution is better than a old one.

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Magnets too slow for disk writes? Use lasers

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Re: LASER not laser

>>It really should be L.A.S.E.R. though

As long as you're going to do it that way when you speak as well (El. Eh. Ess. Ee. Ar)...

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Torvalds frustrated at missing simultaneous release

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Re: Ironically

Typical Linuxtard. UI is not considered functionality.

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A Raspberry Pi is about 10X more powerful than the PCs Win3.11 used to run on. Perhaps troll-hunters might take on some trivial computer knowledge.

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