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5651 posts • joined 28 May 2010

'No discernible increase in piracy' from DRM-free e-books

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Re: Copyright Mafiaa wildly exaggerate, as this shows

Presumably the point is not that people aren't pirating their books, but that pirating DRM copies is so easy it makes little difference?

I don't know, do e-books suffer the same levels of piracy as music & video?

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Re: Antimatter and anti-gravity anyone?

Anti-matter responds to gravity in the regular way. AM in tiny quantities is easy to make as evidenced by the existance if the PET Scan.

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Re: *If* true that would make the Standard Model a pretty blunt tool.

Um, as a "religious nut" I applaud this kind of scientific progress...

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

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Re: C'mon, this is going to be great!

Good point. A new Twitter will arise that lets you literally follow someone as they walk about (or TWitter/FB/G+ will do it)... thounsands of people sitting inside watching Stephen Fry try on shoes...

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Move with the times

To all those who think nobody would ever wear anything like this... modern sunglasses would once have been very bizarre, as would a baseball cap or shorts. Fashions change so it's only a matter of time before this is seen as normal.

Plus of course, thick-frame glasses are cool right now so simply add another thick arm and some plain glass lenses and it will barely be noticeable, especially as the tech shrinks.

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I could see you getting the same treatment though without the need of a prosthetic.

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Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

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infrastructure czar

Grow the f*** up.

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Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

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Sigh

Another great high publicity case to support DRM... if you want content not to be covered in security crap then act like responsible adults rather than take advantage.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

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I love the 2nd photo

Makes it look like a TNG shuttlecraft with the props invisible.

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Review: Crucial M500 960GB SSD

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Re: blimey

Chris I thought they became unwriteable first, so could be moved to spare sectors - why a drive has X% spare capacity?

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blimey

I have been toying with getting a SSD as second drive but now I might as well get a big SSD to replace my current spinny drive entirely.

Question: does fragmentation still exist on SSDs or is it entirely a relic of the mechanics of spinny disks?

(also I want to get a silver RAIN comment in but not sure if anyone will get the reference)

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Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript

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because DirectX is a nightmare in itself

No it isn't, it's far more friendly than GL in my book.

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WebGL

No IE support then. I didn't think browsers on mobile supported it either, I know my iPad doesn't (I checked).

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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I had to Google to find out how to restart a Windows 2012 server from an RDC connection

That's a power-user scenario, you're supposed to RTFM FFS if you're on a server.

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What's wrong with being able to buy apps through a store if you want to - Apple have this but it's unlikely anyone will go store-only for desktop apps as it would kill their sales.

As for confusion, maybe that's just you.

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Re: We told you it was shit

Yeah I've come to feel MS were right and we were all wrong on the Ribbon front... cue downvotes...

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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Weed out the problem

How many morons are going to lose their hands when their print has a defect and explodes?

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Smaller, second-gen Surface slabs to arrive in June?

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Re: Really don't understand how Microsoft keep getting it all wrong.

Apart from the app-store, everything you say about WP is tripe.

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Google Glass eye-cam to turn us all into right little winkers

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Auto filming when scared/surprised/aroused?

I wonder if it's able to detect your pupil size and start filming when this suddenly changes, i.e. when something interesting happens?

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

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Re: I went the other way.

If your wintel boxes crash, they're built or used wrong.

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Re: Does the company know anything about BootCamp?

If you have to start mucking about with USB then it is no longer straightforward compared to "insert disk, press go".

Of course many Macs don't have optical drives which makes it less straightforward still.

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Re: Surprise!!!! - Windows is the LEAST reliable...

Well done Eadon, a new low. Go read it again and find something related to criticise.

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just 0.88 crashes a week

Is that .88 crashes per PC (mac) per week? Because that seems incredibly high to me - I use my PC for 8-10 hours a day for gaming, development, etc and frequently go for weeks without restarting (I hibernate). I cannot remember the last time it actually crashed or blue-screened. I don't think this is particularly unusual...

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Re: Apple users use OsX most of the time

Are we sure they don't amortize the results per hour of use or anything like that?

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Re: Let's see....@Andy Prough

The laptop I don't turn on never crashes, and is about as useful as a Chromebook.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

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Something's wrong...

Nobody has made some vicious attack on the new film yet.

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Twitter snaps up ex-banker IPO expert - CAN'T THINK WHY

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sensible

Twitter is both a real company and not years into its life like FB was. Seems a good time to IPO - they're established but not stale.

The less networked way twitter works - no friend groups except in a transient way - might give more longevity too (maybe).

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Dunkin' Donuts temps S Korea with ultrasonic tags

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Re: "dogs shouldn't be hanging round the counter of a food shop anyway."

Ah, it's cool to diss things that are popular. What a non-conformist you are.

Although doughnuts for breakfast.... eew. Are DD really competing with SB though, surely DD sells coffee to go with the donuts?

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

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Re: Eh?

Because schools and libraries don't provide free internet to poor people...

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I live on Ramon noodles and chicken with peas and various spices

Sounds tasty, I'd eat that.

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Move over Radeon, GeForce – Intel has a new graphics brand: Iris

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Re: Not exactly...

the HD4000 is pretty good, a massive leap from the previous generation. It runs full D3D10/11 and our 3D software runs on it happily. Obviously not going to be used in a gaming rig but it will run games.

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Lehman Brothers sues Intel over a billion dollar deal

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Yeah you'd think if they were bankrupt they'd struggle to pay the lawyers!

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How does Lehman even still exist?

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Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

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That bloody bookshelf

please do kill it

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Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

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Re: What a surprise

The "people use torrents for legal/good purposes" line is so lame. It's like trying to justify the legalisation of pot because some people use it medicinally. People may use torrenting sites/tools for non-pirate reasons, but piracy is what drives their development.

The people 'pirating' this game were breaking no laws but they didn't know that, which is the key point. They thought they were pirating it.

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Re: Wait...

There's a difference between a technical DRM solution which stops you installing it, and a license which simply says "you can only use it on 3 devices".

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Re: not like reality at all

All scientific studies commissioned by those who like piracy you mean. Studies commissioned by games companies show the opposite.

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Re: Oh the hypocisy

It's not illegal to rip off another game otherwise we'd never have had Unreal, Crysis, etc. It is illegal to pirate it.

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Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

Jake sounds like he probably has a large supply of guns and diesel generators. Are you expecting the machines to rise up soon?

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Re: Ah yes, Hunting for Slags...

In northern towns you don't exactly need to hunt for them, any more than you have to hunt for pools of sick.

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Re: whyPhone

What Tom said - he means top end expensive phone.

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Facebook fails to wow Wall Street with slow profit growth

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Re: Does not matter

If you make $0 profit after R&D, paying all your staff, etc, you are still sustainable.

200m seems an OK profit to me, they're working on a margin of ~15%, considering how much they're spending.

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Re: Of these DAU/MAU figures, what would be really interesting

Seems you are looking for data to fit your opinion rather than being objective about it.

For one thing, how do you know a smartphone counts as a daily user if it is not actively used to check the site?

Your theory also has a big hole, that people change phones quite often on average so those who are "over it" would get weeded out every time they upgrade. Of course there'd be some lag...

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Hotel marketplace Airbnb: Show us your privates if you want to book a bed

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Re: HAH! Yeah, err, no thanks.

"And not just for the passport stuff but for the social network crap too"

Presumably that's for those who are happy to use their FB logon as a SSO rather than having 8 gazillion accounts, which is fair enough as long as it's not mandatory.

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Atoms star in ball-bothering boffins' Big Blue movie

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Re: Background?

Are those ripples around each atom a visible realisation of quantum probability wavefronts or just an artifact?

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Okay, but why bother?

Because they can.

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P2P badboy The Pirate Bay sets sail for the Caribbean

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A joke

It's as much a farce as the extradition of Abu Hamza

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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

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Well the PS4 has switched to using standard PC components...

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Pictures?

The innards are cool but where are the 28 dials?

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BlackBerry: THE TRUTH about that 5.1 per cent UK market figure

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Re: I know who I believe,

A sample of 1 is always so compelling. Doubly so when posting as AC.

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