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5645 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

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Re: Resolution

Probably because you're a cheapskate... or because Apple hasn't made screen resolution a key selling point on laptops the same way they did on phones and tablets.

Ironically phones don't need the resolutions now being used, while laptops do.

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

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When you live at the forefront of science, everything is a kludge, although prototype might be a kinder term.

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Now you can control ANY Win 8 kit with your EYEBALLS

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It says one system detects finger motions rather than eyes so presumably you'll have to be careful when you swear at the PC in case it turns itself off.

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Re: pointless

I was thinking winking too. I'm sure it's possible but maybe it's not very user-friendly... try deliberately winking every time you click the mouse for a bit and see what you think. Additionally, some people can't wink!

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Google turns off Chinese censorship alert service

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A feature to warn users their searches might trigger censorship or other bad stuff is good. A feature which explicitly helps users re-word their searches in a special language to avoid detection is definitely outside Google's remit in my opinion.

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A giant corporation choosing that it doesn't need to follow local laws is the less evil option then? It is not evil for a company to follow the law.

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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What a story to read at 8am on a Monday Morning!

It's all a trickery about how temperature is defined - it has little to do with heat around absolute zero - but my head still hurts.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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Re: Android's BEEN there DONE... Ooops DOING that!!

Tablets existed before iPad and touch-phones before iPhone. Apple's genius is in somehow making the world want something that they had previously decided they didn't.

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Who knows

People have tried wearable PCs before and failed. A bit like how tablet computers had been written off as crap pre-iPad. Maybe just maybe... Apple could make a watch-PC mass-market-desirable and then everyone else can make better versions which don't sell.

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Re: Intel chip?

Turkey isn't a more expensive chicken, Turkey is generally cheaper meat (because it's not very nice).

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Re: Intel chip?

>>Wouldn't it be self winding - it could generate power from a simple pendulum like rythmic movement of the fanboi's wrist

I dunno, it's typically frustrated teenagers who provide the biggest power supply and Apple is not the OS of choice for nerdy friendless teens.

Plus, put Linux on a watch and the watch itseklf would be a source of arousal for said teens. And Reg readers... if the latter isn't a subset of the former.

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Facebook continues to CONQUER THE WORLD

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Poor old Google

Can't even maintain a dominant position, let alone steal users off FB.

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You could say the same about most social networks though so unless you can argue why the ratio of fake:real accounts is substantially higher on FB (other than on strict sites which demand real-ID verification) this doesn't appear to change anything.

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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@LarsG

You could walk into a job as a comedy writer with that kind of material. Sadly, only at BBC3.

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

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Re: What did Netflix do wrong?

So Netflix are unpopular because people bought a service without checking what it provided? If it's a shoddy service then don't buy it and complain, don't buy it.

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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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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Shooting fish in a barrel

Still fun to read though.

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

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I miss AskJeeves.

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