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4979 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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What did Netflix do wrong?

It's a slick service and I found their service helpful (see #9 http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/british-people-problems). Wonder what they did to piss people off... maybe low broadband speeds spoiled the experience?

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Re: When you look at the state of most high streets...

For me the best thing is their support. They have managed to grow to a massive faceless corporation without giving you the feeling you're unimportant. When things are late or missing they overnight a replacement without interrogating you, etc.

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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

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Did anyone see the similar thingie on GadgetMan, I can't remember the name!

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Re: So, presumably

The textbook example of this happening in short time scale is that of moths in England over the historical period known as the Industrial Revolution. Moths (nocturnal, so inactive during daylight) would rest against the bark of trees, appropriately camouflaged to the species of tree they preferred. Soot from the burning of coal ('dark satanic mills') darkened the appearance of trees in many areas, and this placed a strong 'selection pressure' on generations of moths- favouring those that exhibited a mutation that made them darker. Pale moths would be readily seen by birds and promptly eaten.

This happened in decades, if not years. Moths, like spiders, have many, many offspring.

Sorry but you simply don't understand evolution. The much-vaunted moths example isn't evolution. It is simply a case where there were already two versions of the same organism, and changed circumstances suddenly made one of them at a severe disadvantage. That took months because both types already existed. That is natural selection, not evolution. An emergent new behaviour - from a regular spider to one which makes a fake spider - is a totally different proposition. This takes a LOT of time.

I was nowhere suggesting evolution doesn't occur by the way. Merely that some examples really make it seem that the long time scales are actually not that long at all when it is randomly driven.

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@Dave 126

Sorry Dave I've no idea what point you tried to make. I merely commented that atheists feel happy using 'gross' stuff from nature as evidence against a God, while lambasting anyone who suggests the 'pretty' stuff from nature is evidence for a God.

The downvotes suggest a preponderance of indoctrinated atheists who have learned atheism in exactly the same way many learn their religion... taking someone else's word for it rather than making up their own mind. I'm sure they'll take this post also as being pro-sky-fairy (a term which itself demonstrates an emotive rather than intellectual position on the subject) and downvote in the same way.

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Re: ummm

" The spider doesn't need to know that what it is building looks like a spider. All it needs to know is that what it is building scares off predators. "

So millions of years of evolution give the same result as the spider just standing in the web in the first place? That's certainly not an Intelligent Design :)

I wondered if the idea is it does not scare predators, but tricks them into eating the fake.

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Re: Brilliant

Indeed

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Re: So, presumably

I think that might be stretching the random mutations / natural selection mechanisms a bit too far. Suddenly a billion years doesn't quite seem like enough time!

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Re: Brilliant

Like when atheists point at parasitic wasps as 'proof' there is no God? Equally weak arguments.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: Curious...

You can open them. Just not in your email client.

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University of Western Sydney hands out 11k iPads

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Technology is fine but I wonder what this brings that a laptop doesn't - students will still need laptops to take notes and write essays, etc.

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Re: ffs

You've got to be a real prize chump if you think Apple needs to spend money getting people to say nice things about iPad on forums.

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Re: a truckload of South Korean's (sic) finest

Why does it matter if Apple are the leading company in 3 years... iPad will still be a big player for sure. iPad just makes the decision simple... no committee needed to choose which Android tablets, etc, etc.

And since iPhone is STILL the leading phone in the public view, why WON'T iPad be in 3 years?

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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@AndrueC

Games code from that era could well have been full of all kinds of horrible low-level tricks which would actually need modifying for 64-bit compilation...

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Re: Good job no-ones using Win 8 then!

I do love it when Linux users make jokes about other OS not being widely used.

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I doubt the "pinball" game had anything to do with the success or failure

No, really?

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Re: Also look at...

Apart from the 'proper techies' who run servers, who are surely the most proper of all.

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Boffins cook raw numbers, hope to bake PERFECT kilogram

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I wonder how much the metal Kg will turn out to mass when measured against the new standard.

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Android Trojan taints US mobes, spews 500,000 texts A DAY

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Re: Android virus the cry of self denial.....

You're complaining about software that makes things easier for the user? This is why FOSS software is so badly designed then - you have to prove your worth?

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Re: Android virus the cry of self denial.....

It's OK, blame evil Google for the vulnerabilities and normalcy is restored in the Linux/FOSS camp.

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Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

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Re: Wrong I am

What's wrong with protecting a recipe for a cake?

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Re: Wrong I am

Except H.264 is actually one example where a patent isn't stupid, is it? It's not a vague nebulous idea, but an actual detailed invention.

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ICANN'T believe it's not Apple: Vatican wins domain-handout lottery

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Re: Insanity

Too late for what exactly? It is probably not really going to affect you.

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Re: Biggest mistake ever in the history of the internet

I think you mean fuck.off

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Can we buy?

Are any/most of these going to registrars to re-sell, so I could for instance buy latenight.party, or are they all going to be used by a single company each?

isn't apple.com easier to remember than shop.apple?

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Secrets of an ad broker: NoSQL, millisecond auctions and FLASH ARRAYS

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Re: Very clever, I'm sure

Yes those 8 people...

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Re: Very clever, I'm sure

Nice of you to speak for all of us. Actually, we won't.

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Re: How much did this article cost Tapad?

Considering the Reg commentard-base is happy to believe any comment which doesn't criticise MS is paid for, I'll give this conspiracy theory the same level of respect.

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St Zuck gives half a BEELLION DOLLARS in Facebook stock to charity

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Can they sell?

Giving stock seems a bit bizarre but maybe that's just how things work... anyway this is far beyond the normal rich person giving $5million so well done Mark.

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Information teleportation goes large-scale

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Re: Ansible (Ender version)

No it is not an ansible. I'm 90% sure that quantum-entanglement-teleportation doesn't violate the rule that you cannot transmit information faster than light. Can't remember the details though.

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Confused

I thought quantum entanglement was totally unaffected by removing the entangled entities to any distance. The 'teleportation' is not done by photons but quantum 'magic' between the entangled objects... so I don't see the relevance of the optical cable or how long it is.

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei 'likes' Facebook despite ban

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EVERYONE lives by double standards.

And are you saying hypocrisy is a mental illness?

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Re: and so it goes on.

"do as I say not as I do" is surely the only sensible mantra for leadership since leaders are human and invariably as flawed as the rest of us. "Do as I do" is never going to get us anywhere.

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I like that we can comment on his page, send private messages, etc. I'm tempted except I'm not sure if I might find angry Iranians at my door...

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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I miss AskJeeves.

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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

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Re: CWGX (Certified Walled Gardens Expert)

You could feel free to set up a body issuing such certification.

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Re: proof that the software is too complex

Some things are inherently complicated. Enterprise-level virtualisation centres sounds like one of those things to me.

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

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Re: says:

Finally, a reference other than the bloody pod bay doors.

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Re: Issues

me: cancel... have you ever used Siri?!

Anyway... surely you could modify the software to check you are within range first. Since you can say "Siri remind me to buy milk when I get to work" for instance. Did you not read the "super pre-alpha" description, and the fact this is a proof of concept only.

Seriously, you bunch of luddites! Picking holes in R&D projects because they're not ready for mass-market, well duh.

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Re: in my experience it would be more like...

me: cancel

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2. they'll adapt it to use another voice-control protocol... if Apple don't allow that they'll move it to Android.

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Web devs gasp: HTML5 takes big step toward standardization

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Re: Glacial!?

MS aren't promoting Silverlight for the PC so the assertion they don't want HTML5 makes little sense when they are gearing their tools around it.

Adobe has Flash but similarly seems set/resigned it is on the way out, they seem to be killing it faster than they need to if anything. HTML5 content tools are a massive money pit for Adobe.

Apple don't have a rich web alternative of their own. So unless you think they simply want everything done as a native app rather than a website, which seems a little like a conspiracy theory, that doesn't work either.

More likely, MS and Apple are simply tremendously conservative because they have to support their browsers for several years, unlike Chrome and Firefox who just release a new version and change their minds on feature-sets without the need to provide enterprise support.

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Re: woot!!

Your browser can't properly support HTML5 in 2013 because there isn't a proper HTML5 to support... the really useful bits aren't part of the spec!

So hardly MS' fault this time round.

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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We've asked Microsoft for a comment, but have yet to receive a reply.

Is that because they couldn't read your email?

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Re: @ t.est The Real Story here...

What are we supposed to use instead of Quark these days... it was THE choice for newspapers when my dad retired from that world and since then I lost touch with what's used, though I note Quark is still selling new versions.

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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@Robert Long 1

Really is that the best troll you can come up with?

Oh and Toastan, you misunderstand the Scientific Method.

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Re: What I wish would happen to WBC

Although finding out someone is in the WBC without breaking any laws would have to be followed.

Anyway, surely the WBC ARE widely shunned?

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Re: Puzzled

The UK does not have the same laws as the US... the whole constitution thing simply doesn't exist here.

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Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm

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I'm not sure which is more amazing, our leaps in technology or the ability of the brain to automatically reconfigure itself to understand how to communicate with a microchip that's been crudely rammed into place.

Actually, I am sure :) The science is absolutely wonderful but in my view, the more we advance in computing, the more amazing the brain is in comparison.

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The best tablets for Christmas

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Re: re-sale value

A universe with eBay. Check for yourself.

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