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100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

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Re: Reality show producers wet dream

>>Why would anyone even consider being sent to a barren planet.....

I don't know. Maybe you could ask one of the people who dedicated their lives to visiting the moon. Or those people who settled in the USA a few centuries back.

I think it's called having a pioneer spirit...

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>>Just make sure non of them are religious. Last thing we need to export to Mars is religious ignorance.

Or intolerant douchebags...

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@Pete 2

No you moron, they are people who are so keen to visit Mars that they are willing to be TV 'celebrities'.

Someone I live with is applying so I actually know a little about it - typical BB contestants would not get through as they all have to pass scrutiny as suitable for the trip before they can be voted for inclusion.

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Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

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>>Most people who wear glasses would pay NOT to wear them.

Clearly they wouldn't, otherwise LASIK would be far more common. Any professional working person can afford laser treatment if they really want to... I did because I really was prepared to pay not to wear glasses, but most people are not.

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Re: @Don Jefe - Sounds Reasonable

Because obviously people on an IT forum are the ones we'd ask what constitutes fashion.

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Re: no way

How interesting. I'm sure some people baulked at the idea of carrying a phone with them all the time too.

The whole "it looks dorky" argument is really pretty dumb. In large metropolitan centres like London/New York/LA/Tokyo, people wear far weirder things every day. It looks dumb people walking around with masks on their faces but they still do it. Half the T-shirts with slogans on look dumb. Punk haircuts, tattoos on faces and most body piercings strike me as idiotic but people don't really care what I think.

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

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Giving a free trial of software to get people using it is hardly a new idea.

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Re: I remember when

I'm so,so tired of people trying to manipulate me into their tech eco-system or trying to monetize my every waking fucking move.

Diddums. They're not trying to manipulate you. They're of the opinion that if they put thousands of man-days into a project, they should be able to recoup that money.

It's terrible how you're being manipulated into using it for free while someone else foots the bill.

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Facebook to get IN YOUR FACE with video ads

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Not TOO bothered

If it's once a day I guess that's OK although it will presumably suck for anyone who blocks cookies? I have ad-blocker on my main PC but on the iPad the existing ads are only moderately irritating.

More worrying is the data usage for mobile users, surely.

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Re: too lazy

It does seem a bit contrary to their normal focus but maybe it's a new area so they're starting as low-tech as possible?

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: Problem with this idea...

Your typical Linux user is probably wise to this. But what about all the Linux users who like to boast about how they installed Linux for their mum/gran, and how they were able to use it despite being a computer ignoramus?

And what about businesses who decide they will make all the receptionists and so on use Linux to save on costs?

Such people are just as clueless whichever OS they run.

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I would suggest Linux probably has a smaller percentage of stupid users...

But by far the largest proportion of overly arrogant users

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Re: When you're dying ...

If I run a company and I have products to sell. If someone else makes a free alternative, giving my product away is not a sensible business practice. LibreOffice isn't paying the salaries of tens of thousands of people.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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You misunderstand the term trolling then. Unless you think it should be illegal for me to pretend to hold a view I don't, or to an express a view I do just to spark controversy.

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Apple: Of course we stalk your EVERY move. iOS 7 has a new map to prove it

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Re: Excellent .....

At least the Linuxtards are very easy to avoid, as they generally hang out in their bedrooms.

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So you want a way to share information for cool and "useful" purposes but you don't want anyone to be able to access the shared data?

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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Apple's four nearest rivals ... all grew at least more than twice the market rate.

They had a space to grow into...

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Never knew that

Now when I run into the common scenario that I can't remember my password but Chrome can on one of my PCs, I can actually get the darn thing back.

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Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

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Re: Because we don't all simply get to choose where we live?

You're forgetting the demographic of this site. Children don't get to say where they live. But then they also don't contribute anything so the fact they can't torrent Breaking Bad as fast as they like isn't really getting my sympathy.

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what are you planning on shoving down a pipe bigger than 10Mbps

Perhaps downloading or even uploading files for work purposes?

Perhaps downloading (non-streamed) video purchases/rentals?

Perhaps you live in a house with your family or other people in a shared house... multiple video-streams will quickly suck up 10Mbps

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Curiosity sings 'Happy Birthday' to itself on Martian anniversary

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I was hoping they'd have recorded the song being played on Mars and beamed that back rather than played the tune in the lab. There's enough atmosphere to hear sound, right?

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Re: How to fail a turing test

Except this is a year since it landed. How is that a birthday any more than me celebrating the day I emigrated to America my birthday? It's an anniversary not a birthday.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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Nobody will ever be able to print a fully functional gun entirely from plastic

Ever is a long time. Machined gun barrels were once upon a time a distant dream...

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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SMS?

Several banks use this - send you a text message with a code you have to enter to confirm the operation. Similar to the email version really but presumably a little more secure? Although whether SMS is accessible to the disabled, I have no idea.

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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Re: Still too expensive

Surface ... isn't a contender against the established Android infrastructure.

The apps situation tells you all you need to know about this market.

Um, the Windows infrastructure is decades older and more mature than the Android one. There are an order of magnitude (if not two) more applications available for Windows 8 than for Android and iPad combined.

Actually - can you run VMWare on Surface Pro since it features a full W8 OS? Then you can also put Linux on it...

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Re: Firesale - best to wait

Windows8 on a touch device is 100X better than any Linux distro on a touch device...

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Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

Given the Pro is a fully featured x86 PC in a tablet form, it's not ever going to be sold that cheaply unless a newer version replaces it.

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Re: Let me know

I can't believe such a stupid comment gets so many upvotes.

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

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Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

Um, how do you know Galifreyans can be black? Having black skin is part of the human genetic diversity. The idea that would evolve on every world with humanoids is simply ludicrous. We haven't had an oriental doctor either, so what?

The doctor is Galifreyan not human. He doesn't change race.

Time to dismount the PC hobby horse. With James Bond you have at least a small argument, here it's just daft.

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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It's as big a cash-in as Star Wars V & VI... disgusting.

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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

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I like my relationships like I like my source code... open

Come on you silly computer, open-source programmers don't have girlfriends.

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Technically small businesses don't count as Enterprise but it would be interesting if there were a way to break down the figures based on numbers of PCs per company/location somehow. Any medium/large company - any company big enough to have an actual IT team - WILL be aware of 2014.

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Re: By coincidence

MS can extend support, but at an extortionate rate for individual clients only.

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Re: Techies hitting the beach perhaps...

W8's supposed to be leaner than W7 so probably would be OK if you can get driver support.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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What is with the

weird line

breaks?

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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flick the phone over twice and the camera function automatically starts up

Finally they've found a way to make camera functionality easy and intuitive to use. I'm sure Canon et al will be desperate to introduce this!

Seriously that's a stupid idea. Maybe instead, some sort of button could be used. Or just say "Open Camera".

The only neat thing I can think of is that you could flick the phone in the air, catch it and the camera is activated. A bit like twirling a 6-shooter on your finger... pointless but fun.

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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And I wasn't kidding about the copyright and patent issues either

Well, you shouldn't be - it's a serious issue. If I spend money designing something to sell and someone scans it and gives away the specs, this is a problem.

I see 3D printing should work something like sheet music - just because it's the music rather than a recording you still normally pay for it. Likewise if you want to make something I designed, pay me for the blueprints.

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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

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Seriously, they can't make a simple visual editor? It's 2013 for goodness' sake.

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How did Microsoft get to be a $1.2bn phone player? Hint: NOT Windows Phone

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Re: Couldn't help it...

I think so too. Granted MS are a massive company with big legal guns who would terrify most under their gaze, but the companies who have signed up include some other real heavyweights. Samsung in particular is not exactly averse to spending $millions on lawsuits so this does suggest there is a real case here.

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Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

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While it very well might be the case that Google Glass is unsafe for use while driving, that doesn't mean any wearable tech is. Glass can display anything like a video or a game or your email which is not a great idea. It could also display navigation apps, monitor your alertness and even detect and warn you of potential hazards before you spot them, which are great uses.

The problem is PC Plod cannot tell which you are using it for and that is a big problem. Wearable tech should maybe have to support a "I'm driving" mode to be allowed. Glass is really a prototype, there are many details to be worked out for real life use.

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

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Question

Have they got all the emails and social network data because companies are freely giving it to them, or through some other, cleverer route?

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It doesn't give any credence whatsoever, you conspiracy nutjob. Just because you have access to every email in the world doesn't mean you can read them all, or that your analysis software is perfect

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Re: Wake up call

It's time to stop overreacting. Never mind the "if you've done nothing wrong you've nothing to fear" argument... what actual harm does it do you if people can view your emails, compared to the hassle you want to put yourself through just to stop them for the sake of it?

I couldn't really give a crap that the NSA knows what I post on the Register for example!

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Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

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Re: Not in West Virginia...

Nothing like a kneejerk reaction to technology nobody making the law has probably even used.

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Re: Privacy Stuff

Why are you wearing sunglasses to do a poo?

If you think NSA wants to watch you pooing, I think you're getting things a bit confused.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: Yet to see one in the wild

"invented evidence" also has "evidence" in the name :)

I know two people who have them (as do I) but unless someone has their phone out I wouldn't be aware what phone they have unless they email with a "sent from my ..." signature or upload a picture to FaceBook with their phone.

In the same way, I have NEVER seen anyone use a non-Apple tablet which is plain weird as Android has supposedly got a decent market share now. I see loads of Android phones but no tablets. Also no Windows tablets but that is not very surprising :)

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Microsoft adds Visual-Studio-like text editor to SkyDrive

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Except VS is one of the best development tools out there. It sure makes Eclipse look embarrassing.

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Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

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How can banks have a monopoly? A monopoly means one company/organisation, and there are thousands of banks who are independent of each other.

Saying banks have a monopoly on money is like saying shops have a monopoly on selling things.

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When exactly did you (or anyone) look at what powers the Bank of Thailand has?

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Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

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Re: Cool

Because it's better than IE10?

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