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5328 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Nokia lets Lumia 820 owners 3D print their own case

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Re: makes sense

Good to see Adam's sense of humour is firing on both brain cells with that original joke.

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

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Well we only really hear his side of the story. So quite possibly.

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Re: Doesn't surprise me

It's hardly rocket science that if you piss people off they will be biased against you.

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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Re: Best alternative is a Chromebook

Great idea. 200 students in a single room, all using laptops which require always-on internet. No problems there at all for the WiFi.

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@Phil

>>Pencil and paper? It's worked at the best universities for the last 800+ years#

I do love it when people post this stupid argument, thinking it proves a point. Before pencil and paper, slate and chalk worked just fine too.

The reason we used pen[cil] and paper for so long is ONLY because it was the economical, easy approach. NOT because it was the best. Phil has also missed the point that the top universities no longer use pencil and paper. Or even pen and paper... when did anyone last use pencils... other than a few subjects like maths, computers are the norm for writing essays and projects.

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Re: @AC Not wrong.

No evidence computers aid education? What?

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stop abusing and exploiting their student body

Did they ask the student body if getting free iPads made them feel abused and exploited, or make that decision on their behalf?

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Time Warner Cable to Netflix: We want your 3D films, not your network

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Re: probably won't notice

They seem to be adding lots of stuff all the time, many things are annoying absent here but we've not run out of things to watch and have discovered new shows through it. Also loads of older shows I would never pay to own, but are nice to watch once... in fact a way to watch 4OD content without adverts and at decent quality is possibly worth the fee.

The US content is way ahead but since Netflix has established dominance and online streaming is clearly the future, I'm confident it will eventually end up with just about everything.

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SimCity to teach SimMaths and SimScience at school

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Re: Wonder if...

A massive persistant online world? What a daft idea, nobody would want a game like that.

The problem might be that you're expecting it to be SC2000 with better graphics, rather than a modern game... WOW doesn't have offline mode either. OTOH it might just be crap, I need to read more to decide.

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NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

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Re: But...

I hardly think referring to the "radio spectrum" is "popular". It's rather pointless to use a definition of radio which covers any wavelength... we could similarly refer to radiowaves and gamma rays as 'light' which is technicallyt true but rather unhelpful.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Bought my copy

Foolish to think they would suddenly change their entire pricing model to mirror Apple's, but I'd forgotten how much full versions cost so buying ahead in case I need it seemed sensible... , maybe I'll dual-boot it on my Mac as my main PC probably needs replacing soonish and can live with W7 until then.

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Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

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Re: Of Course!

Java isn't a bug-riddled piece of crap, one particular implementation is.

If existing languages are all unsuitable, how come we haven't all switched to something new? The last new language to get mass acceptance was C#... even Python and Ruby remain bit players.

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Of Course!

The best thing to replace JS, a browser-specific language without decent dev tools, is not an existing language used across desktop & server platforms with a mature set of tools and proven track record, but ANOTHER new language. Because we don't have enough of those already.

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Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS

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I think people said the same about Tablet computers too.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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but the only place where regular mass shootings occur...

If we're focusing specifically on school shootings, I don't think either guns or games can be blamed because other countries have high gun ownership. It's something about the US' collective psyche.

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>>I been gaming for years, including the hyper violent "Worms" series of games, can't recall ever going out and killing anybody though

Your argument is like a nonagenarian smoker claiming that because they haven't developed cancer, smoking doesn't kill.

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They are against games where you shoot PEOPLE. A game where you practice shooting paper targets at a simulated gun range has nothing to do with that.

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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

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Re: ...Really? This is news?

I guess you're an expert performing thousands of simultaneous queries on a multi-PB database then? It's called graph-search for a reason, the connectedness of a graph is in direct relationship to how hard it is to analyse.

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I think we're only scratching the surface what their data could be used for, the problem is it's so much data it's hard to process.

I bet you could in theory develop intelligence agents which identify criminal/terrorist groups based on the interactions and interconnections between people for instance.

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Re: Meh

How many are actual friends... all of them. Or at least people I know.

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Re: Meh

Why do you want to rob your friends houses?

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Re: Search for which movies or music your friends liked!

The moron is the person who:

a)calls people morons for not making their own opinions

b)tries to force his own opinion on others

c)thinks his opinions are not the result of all the opinions he was exposed to

No man is an island as the saying goes

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Re: Firstly...

If you're not going to use FB properly then I agree, why have an account? Just so you can complain about it?

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Re: How do people find time for all the admin?

Pretty sure stopping your tags showing up is trivial... people can tag you but you have to confirm it.

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Re: I have doubts about its usefulness to me

Since presumably users tell FB how valuable data is TO THEM PERSONALLY, it depends on the data you give it.

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Boring

Not the news, just the inevitable "it's just spyware" comments. FB in particular has the most amazing collection of data available which could be used for absolutely astonishing projects, but you supposed techy experts can't see past them sticking your face next to an advert, and classifying this as some ultra-heinous near-criminal offence.

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Amazon rainforest starts making phone calls

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It might be suggested the people who developed the system know a bit about logging.

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Whoever said to put one on every tree... if someone is logging thousands of trees you could put one every square mile and it would be enough.

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Korean boffins crack art of bendy batteries

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Re: Flexible phones.... why?

Don't worry Charles, you just stick you your Nokia 3210 and let us kids get on with it.

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Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

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Re: Question

>>It's actually quite difficult to imagine that anyone would own a Mac and a Windows Moble Phone...

Not really, it's pretty easy to imagine. Hard to believe maybe is what you meant.

Although I own a Mac and a Windows phone. And an iPad and a Windows desktop with Cygwin installed. And a Kindle.

I hope that didn't stretch your imagination too far.

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Re: Surprising choice

I don't believe the majority of Mac owners are fanbois any more than Windows users are. Although it's fair to assume Mac owners are the demographic who favour iPhone the most.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: Problem with Online Ordering (Amazon)

What exactly was the point of that story other than to confess your idiocy? Next you'll be boycotting Tesco because someone's kid put stuff in your trolley and you didn't notice.

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They STOLE my money for sure - all I got in return was a box with a shiny silver disc in it.

Oh wait....

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Amazon Outlet Stores?

Maybe? Or just more £1 shops?

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

Since they made a loss, presumably none at all. That's how tax works...

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Mysterious Facebook product plumps up shares on Wall Street

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prays on the weak and the feeble

and the barely literate?

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Re: buy buy sell sell

Are you one of the people who a few years ago said "nobody wants FaceBook"? Just trying to gauge how much weight and money to put on your views...

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Re: Whatever it is, itl rape your privacy that little bit more

You're right, a social networking site would work much better if the site and other users couldn't see any information about you at all. It's nearly as bad as the time BT put my home phone number in their phone book... how is that not illegal?!

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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Re: Gosh

I think we'll see Fusion before Linuxtops.

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Re: replace all those copper cables that the metal thieves nick all the time

Who says 2nd-hand nanotube wires won't be worth anything?

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Gosh

I thought this was one of those world-changing technological breakthroughs that was always 'just around the corner'. What next, sustainable fusion power? Linux desktop going mainstream?

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UK falls behind in global graphene patent race

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Why is a company evil for wanting to make money? Just why exactly do you think companies exist in the first placE?

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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Re: Lol.

Crap troll. When Linux is used people are building on a legacy. When NT is used it's "can't be bothered to write a new OS".

People who don't know the first thing about programming probably shouldn't weigh in on subjects they are embarrassingly ignorant of, especially when they are fans of a 25-year-old OS.

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Demonstrates that Windows NT code still lurks under the surface of Windows Phone 8

That's the whole POINT of W8 that it is built on a proper PC kernel for the first time, not a crippled CE/mobile OS like WP 7.5.

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Re: True innovation

Unlike Android of course, built on an OS that pre-dates Windows NT.

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Siri, will Chrome's new speech features kill you?

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Re: Strange

I find it silly but my wife uses siri all the time to add reminders and it works remarkably well, for that use case I'm grudgingly forced to realise it is quicker to do it that way. Though it's the natural language processing which is really the time-saver.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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Re: Excellent!!!

Instagram is two guys in a shed, hardly an evil corporation.

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Re: Heartening

Wine and cheese Vs millions of French people. A tough choice.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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"Do you *really* think jailbreaking - in whatever form - should be this easy on an MS operating system / hardware device in 2013?"

Sure why not? iOS devices get jailbroken without fail, as do Android devices (those which try to stop you anyway)

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

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Re: Interesting but...

If touch-screen PCs take off then OSX and Linux distros will suddenly be rushing to do something similar to create a touch-friendly UI.

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