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5328 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

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It's still better than Bieber's song!

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Mystery Chrome 0-day exploit to be unveiled in India on Saturday

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a demo of the first Windows Mobile 8 malware

Skype?

(I don't agree but figured it would get a giggle)

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APPLE goes on crazy, price-SLASHER Black Friday RAMPAGE

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Re: Slight discounts but nothing compared to shopping in the US

If it's way cheaper it'll be way crapper. You want a moderately cheaper one :)

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Considering we're NOT IN AMERICA complaining we only get 8-10% seems pretty silly. Note you can also get another 2-3.5% from cashback sites, and this is not insignificant.

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Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

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Re: 80% for the best 10" tablet on the market?

Yes but it's not an iPad :)

Also you are as biased as you claim El Reg are - you list only things the Nexus is better. The fact you don't list a single negative shows you're biased.

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The sales figures make it clear which people prefer, and it's not what you want them to.

The fact you think the iPad has been killed purely because newer tablets out-do it on the technical side just shows how little you understand about people.

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Maybe it's different in real life

But it looks really ugly in those photos. It looks big and clunky even though I imagine this is not the case, maybe just the way black plastic looks against an aluminium iPad? Has anyone seem them both in the flesh to compare?

Also - do you really need to fight on the resolution front? Why not just pick a good resolution and leave it at that, rather than mess about in a pissing match?

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NoSQL's CAP theorem busters: We don't drop ACID

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Re: What are they on?

>>SQL scales very well. It had problems ten or fifteen years ago but today I don't usually see any problems. Even with 100s of TBs of data and thousands of concurrent users.

It scales well on a single server, and a powerful single server can do a hell of a lot. The problem is when you want to split/mirror that DB across multiple servers in different locations.

I still maintain the number of people needing NoSQL are very few - doing something because Google does it is really dumb because even giant DBs are nowhere near what Google is doing.

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'There may come a day when Hobbits promote slot machines ...'

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Re: cynical?

What are you on about, the films of LOTR were great.

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@dogged

No I do not have him confused with Lewis. The two were friends; Lewis preferred to be overt with his use of Christian message in stories (it's pretty blatant) but to say Christian themes are not commonplace in LOTR simply shows your ignorance of either LOTR, Christianity, or both.

As a Christian and LOTR fan you'll have to take my word for that :)

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Since Tolkein was a prominant Christian (as is pretty obvious from the books) I imagine this is likely to be the case.

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

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Re: Prints harming

I worry about that too. On my iPad I noticed the screen is absolutely filthy when viewed from an angle, but all the smudges are totally invisible when viewed straight-on. With a laptop, you'd far more often find you were looking at the wrong angle, surely?

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Re: One thing

I agree, it's possible MS could bring touch-screens to mainstream like Apple have done with other stuff... not a new idea but making it popular.

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Plan to let you phone people up from within Facebook

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Seems a semi-sensible bit of functionality, but I thought FaceBook was cosy with Skype?

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London Underground platform Wi-Fi set to cost £2 daily for many

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Re: Pointless

The only place it would be useful is on the train, which is the one place it won't be possible anytime soon.

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Ex-Nokians fish MeeGo out of bin, launch Sailfish OS

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Hmm, my Windows phone showed me the battery and signal indicators when I just checked.

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AARGH! We're ALL DOOMED, bellows UN - right on schedule

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policy tools to allow the world to stay below a maximum 2 degrees Celsius

Brrrrrrrr

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Sam Sung found in Apple Store SHOCKER

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Why on earth would he have been asked to remove his LinkedIn page, and why on earth did his employer have the right to force him to do so?

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Just what you needed: A cell phone with a remote control. No, really

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AFAIK most TVs have wired networking, not wireless. Which makes it pretty hopeless unless you buy an adapter.

Perhaps I'm out of date with the current generation of smart TVs though and wireless connectivity is the norm, like with games consoles?

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Bluetooth has always wanted to be in a TV remote control, but never made it

Except for the PS3 DVD/Blu-ray remote, which is excellent. No pointing required.

When a TV costs £hundreds, the price of bluetooth seems inconsequential.

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Re: Advantage of IR remotes

Yes but the PS3 remote is far better.

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Microsoft building poo-powered carbon-neutral data center

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Yes but it is going to waste because it's not already being converted to electricity.

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Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review

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I'm a reader - I could read for hours at a time. As such, a dedicated device is WAY better.

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'The People's' cell operator to offer expensive data - but it's for cheridee

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Re: Hmmm... funny you should ask...

Fair enough. I'd always be polite to people who don't come chasing after me - but some of you guys are a nightmare.

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Re: blah blah charity blah blah

When you stop and tell them you already give to other charities, sometimes they decide to try and 'convert' you about how theirs is more ethical and so on. One had a go at me once when he didn't approve of the charity I give to!!

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Re: blah blah charity blah blah

So the fact that those arguments are all valid doesn't matter? To you it's simply about the money - if you can't get your grubby mitts on my cash then I'm a fraud if I don't simply admit 'I don't want to' as the reason?

I have no interest in paying you to wander around with a bucket, why don't you get a proper job? I'd rather give my money to a charity who spend it on the cause, not people like you.

How much of your money do you give to the charity? Or are you exempt... remember "please don't try to dress it up as some noble protest."

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Re: Im actually kind of against charities

So we should pay more tax then? Thanks!

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Or you know...

...you could just give to charity directly.

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Google hires top US traffic fed for DRIVERLESS CARS project

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Re: The real obstacle

It's a potential PR disaster, BUT if they can get v1.0 to be demonstrably safer than people, hopefully they'll be able to avoid knee-jerk panics.

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Re: Sweepstake

"Not having to drive" is not the reason most use the bus.

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Sweepstake

On how long before someone claims "they might be fine on boring freeways but they won't be able to handle normal roads"?

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Quantum crypto - with nothing more than STANDARD broadband fibre

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Re: So its a lock in detector with a 100ps window.

Pretty amazing - on first read it sounds too good to be true!

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Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

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Re: Windows 8 launch hasn't gone as expected for the world's largest software maker.

I am part of the nerd minority... you missed my point entirely which is that claiming "everyone" had expectations the way you feel personally when you are in a minority group is just bloody stupid/arrogant.

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Re: The kind of people who care....

I think you mean Oprah, but Opera is equally irrelevant to society and IT purchasing.

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Re: Windows 8 launch hasn't gone as expected for the world's largest software maker.

By 'everyone' you mean a tiny minority of people who post on nerdy forums? I doubt my mum has any expectations either way...

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Nobody buys an OS for Xmas

There is a massive distinction between Windows8 and Surface. The former is a desktop OS - people don't rush out to buy an OS or a new PC with a new OS.

As for Surface, MS basically said it is a prototype or proof of concept rather than a mainstream product. We need to wait for other manufacturers to release their take on it.

On the other hand, the phones are released (right?) and sound pretty nice but is anyone buying them?

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

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Re: @Craig 2

It's not about having a perfect kilogram. It's about making sure measurements can be made consistently.

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Ten Linux apps you must install

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Re: Only 2: GParted and Libre Office

Why would an average computer user need emacs or vi? This article is for normal people using Linux, not developers.

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US paper spaceplane disintegrates at 107,000ft

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Unless we know how long it takes to go up an additional 5-10 thousand feet, it's hard to say if this was a silly oversight.

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Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

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I've seen this on my WP7.5 Lumia 610, but probably once a month at most.

However since iPhones can crash and I assume Android phones do, is this simply a case of modern phone OS being too complicated? I don't remember 'dumb' phones doing this.

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Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical

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>>Perhaps work out a way that they can both use the same plugin API

They do; it's called NPAPI and is the standard API used by every browser except IE which uses ActiveX. Although maybe when you're talking about apps you don't mean quite the same thing... but I don't see why we need 'apps' in a browser - isn't that called a website?

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Boss wrong to demote man over anti-gay-marriage Facebook post

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Re: Everyone should be allowed to be 'married'

>>Why do a bunch of 'old blokes in frocks'. have the right to deny people the first option?

Because it's their building.

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Re: These comments are crap

It was tongue-in-cheek...

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Re: Well make it Polyandry to make it fair for all involved...

Saying something is old-fashioned just to suggest it's wrong is disingenuous.

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Re: Just a thought....

A church that disowns you for being gay doesn't understand what it is supposed to be preaching. It is quite possible to be gay, in a church which doesn't condone gay relationships, without being disowned or despised.

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Mad yakker

>>How come these things are conveniently forgotten by people saying that the bible says that 'homosexuality is wrong'?

There are 2 answers.

1)Those were specific laws to the Jews, which were outmoded under the new covenant thanks to Jesus... Levitical laws in particular are normally considered to fall into this category

2)It is correct that the bible does not say one type of sin is worse than another, so in away you're right... gay sex is not worse than thieving or adultery or lustful thoughts.

You should note though that the claim shouldn't be "homosexuality is wrong", but "acting on homosexuality is wrong"... in the same way that sex with someone you're not married to is not right, but sex itself is not bad or wrong in any way.

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Re: The conclusion being ....

If they fired him for breaking their policies on equality, I could buy that. But docking his salary while keeping him employed makes no sense.

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These comments are crap

I guess people just can't decide who to hate on with so many options... Facebook, Christians, corporate idiots, interfering busybodies... and they're worried having a go at one might in some way seem like implicit support the others.

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Re: Polygamy

No, it WAS permitted early on in the bible, and was then forbidden.

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Facebook: Give us your credit card and pals' addresses as GIFTS

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Could actually be quite handy

I don't know the addresses of ANY of my friends off-hand. A lazy way to buy a gift for someone without even having to look up their address could be quite cool... e.g if I could go to play.com or Amazon and just pick a FB friend as the recipient, or even automatically see their wish-list without having to find which "John Smith" wish-list I need.

It sounds a lot more a sensible way to monetise the site than paying to promote your posts, that's for sure. A Facebook integration that actually solves a problem.

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