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28 posts • joined 2 Jun 2010

Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

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SELF-DRIVING CARS!!!

"Audi and Ford are expected to demonstrate self-driving cars at the Consumer Electronics Show"

I'd have said this was a lot more interesting and significant than twitter feeds on a dash.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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FAIL

Asymetric Speculation

From the article is seems that the "Noble" winners are suggesting that the issue with the US housing market was asymmetric speculation, as in lots of people going long and not enough people going short (of course Goldman et al were going short but few people knew).

The suggestion isn't that there wasn't enough speculation but that the speculation was unbalanced due to the nature of the market. To use this to suggest that all speculation is great and that there is a "scientific" consensus that the more speculation there is the better is just plain silly, even if you pretend that economics is a science.

The article reeks of ideology as opposed to clear thinking.

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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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National Ground Water Association

These guys sound like they might know a thing or two about the subject matter.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwat.12056/full

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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HDMI-CEC Remote Control

The dongle supports HDMI-CEC so it can control the tv (turn it on and select input). HDMI-CEC can be used the other way around so it should be possible to use the tv's remote control to play/ pause the chromecast content.

I've a raspberry pi connected to a Panasonic TV. The Panasonic remote can control the pi using HDMI-CEC (no set up required). Google may prefer people to use the touch screens though...

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Decade to 2010 was hottest, wettest: WMO

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Data

The second paragraph of the article jumps out at me.

"The WMO's report, which should but probably won't put paid to the idea that warming has stopped"

I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding about what is meant by warming having stopped. By looking at the below graph from Wolfram Alpha it is very clear that there was a warming trend from approximately 1975 to 1998.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=global+mean+temperature

From 1998 to 2012 the temperatures have been shown to be flat, this is entirely consistent with the statement that the last decade has been the hottest on record and it would also be expected that a larger number of temperature records would have been broken in that decade than in previous ones. What isn't happening is the continuation of the trend from 1975 to 1998, I actually didn't think this was considered controversial.

The report is just pointing out something which is obvious from looking at the Wolfram graph... The hottest 10 year period in the last 150 years has been in the last 10 years!

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Exactly, the gun trade is in the opposite direction, from the USA to Mexico. It's the drugs that go the other way.

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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Panasonic not fully learning

I just bought a Panasonic smart tv, every time I turn the thing on I get an ad for music from Myspace. That's pretty annoying, although not as bad as every time you turn on the EPG.

There's apparently different standards of Panasonic smart tv, the one I got doesn't have the web browser for whatever reason.

Another thing about UI that annoys me about a lot of tv's is the standard of the remote control that comes with them. The Panny remote is terrible, has all the expected functions but is just plain awkward to use. It really does make me appreciate Sky's remote and UI.

It would help if when tech journalists - definitely looking at the Reg here - would actually put an appropriate emphasis on the quality of the UI and remote when reviewing a TV instead of going on about differences in video quality which are only really apparent when looking at the sets back to back, or if you're trying hard to notice.

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Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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Unhappy

The Guardians Solution

Below is a link to an article from a supposedly serious newspaper about how to deal with climate change.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2012/oct/01/50-months-climate-interactive

They've basically asked 50 people how they would solve the global warming problem, which of course is bound closely with energy policy. I'd genuinely recommend looking at all 50 comments, you'll either find it hilarious or depressing.

You'd hope that there's a higher level of discussion going on in DECC...

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: Future consequences

I think motor sport will survive, horses no longer have a utilitarian purpose but people still ride them for sport.

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Re: praos

Roughly my thoughts as well. For me, the interesting thing is that it will take a start-up or a company like Google (no interest in the automotive industry) to make the change.

Once driverless cars are common people in general won't own private cars (except maybe toys for wealthy people). People will instead use automated taxi like services. So we'll end up with lots of black cab like cars on the roads which will be commercial vehicles so will be designed for long lives and high reliability.

In this scenario there will be far fewer cars manufactured per annum to do the same work as the vast majority of a car's time is currently spent doing nothing so it will take far fewer automated cars to replace them. These new cars will be quite utilitarian so it's hard to see where the market for high end motors will be.

The long and the short of it is the current automotive industry is not going to embrace automated motoring.

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How hard is 3D printing?

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Stop

Even home 2d printing isn't all that great

3d printing used to be known mainly as "rapid prototyping", it's now being used ever more for "rapid manufacturing" and this makes a lot of sense for low volume products.

Various parts of the media, from geek websites to the FT, have been putting forward the notion that 3d printing will revolutionise manufacturing by putting a 3d printer in everyone's home and allowing for decentralised manufacturing. I don't see how this is even remotely plausible.

I always think of home inkject/ laser printers when the notion is put forward. Would anyone seriously consider printing and binding a book at home to be preferable to ordering it online and having it delivered the next day. Consider the cost, time, reliability and hassle. Even for a custom book you would still be better off going with something like blurb.co.uk (think about the difference in quality, TCO and cost of you own time). And this is with technology which is fundamentally a lot simpler to 3d printing and has had decades to mature and become dirt cheap.

I can imagine industrial scale 3d printers, which would be the equivalent of the printing machinery used by the likes of blurb, being used more widely for spare parts and such but the notion of it being done at home seems fanciful to me.

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TERROR in SEATTLE: Gang of violent LEPRECHAUNS on the loose

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FAIL

Re: And If i feckin hear "Southern Ireland"...............

Mmm, couldn't be much more wrong if you tried. Southern Ireland is not an official name, it's Republic of Ireland if you want to be proper. The reason southern Ireland is an annoying name is the most northerly point and county on the Island is in the republic, so calling it the south is silly at best. Derry is the original name, London may have been added a few hundred years ago but Derry is still the original. And part of Ulster is in the republic/ south/ eire/ 26 counties, simply wishing it isn't doesn't make it so.

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GiffGaff in data spaff, goodybag gaffe: ICO says its 'avin a laff

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Overly Sensitive

I use Giffgaff and will continue to, because its cheap...

I've had trouble ordering goodybags, not just the last couple of weeks either. And when I ordered a sim recently it took almost two weeks to arrive. So the reg is right, they are a bit rubbish but they are very cheap.

And for those over sensitive Fans, the style of the article is exactly in keeping with the Reg, and long may it continue!

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

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Angel

Assumptions

The problem with the discussion here is that the study made some assumptions. Whether or not the're correct can be debated but the position of the authors is that it's correct to have a high level of perceived risk about climate change. They knew going into the study that the level of perceived risk in the population is lower than they considered correct. In order to explain this they considered two hypotheses. One that people were too scientifically illiterate to appreciate the risk and secondly that people's ability to perceive risk is biased by their social environment (peers don't believe it so it's best if they don't either). The first hypothesis was proved incorrect and the second one correct.

It would have been interesting if as a control they considered the belief in god or evolution instead of just risk associated with nuclear, although that is a bit different to perceived risk... Maybe risk of eternal damnation then?

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Commentards! Know a good hosting firm? Recommend a good laptop?

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Kimsufi.co.uk

Kimsufi.co.uk for the hosting, they're a cheaper brand of OVH.

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Ex-BP engineer cuffed 'for deleting Deepwater spill texts'

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WTF?

Only Texts

The part that bothers me is that they're only bloody text messages, informal communications which would easily be taken out of context.

The important part of the investigation is what caused the spill in the first place not some comments from one engineer to another after the fact.

Whatever about him, I certainly make sarcastic, black comments to colleagues which would have no use to a formal investigation and could easily be misconstrued. And he's not a scum sucking lawyer so he shouldn't be expected to have the same appreciation for the legal requirements.

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Ofcom calls for end to 0800 charges on mobiles

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GiffGaff

On GiffGaff 0800 numbers are actually free!

http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Learn-giffgaff-Top-Tips/0800-numbers-are-free-But-there-s-more/td-p/2372

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GiffGaff goes titsup again in 'leccy cable gaffe

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Working fine in Aberdeen.

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Climate scientist admits lying to obtain 'Denialgate' docs

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Re: Sir

He didn't come clean because of honesty, he came clean because someone else figured out it was him.

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Why Amazon, eBay and Google are building bricks-and-mortar stores

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From the sound of the linked article google are thinking of opening a visitor type shop at one of their big offices. Hardly a sign that google are desperate to move offline.

I'm a bit annoyed with myself for clicking on an article with the "open and shut" warning.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Go

Purchase from Amazon

You need to purchase it from Amazon, not one of the other ebay like sellers on the website (Amazon are a few Euros more expensive).

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conel

Ordered from?

Care to let us know the name of the site?

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Why grill Google over web dominance? It has none

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FAIL

Matt Assay and his google bashing is getting a bit old. Fair play to the register for labelling his posts as "open and shut" so they are easy to ignore.

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COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA

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The wings are not on fire!

The Marty amok airline pilots sketch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq-cw2DHQeo

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Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers

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The Point!

It's a struggle to see what you'd do with an atv without it being jailbroken. I just bought one to run XBMC.

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BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

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Unscripted?

'unscripted TV", and you call May naive

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Toyota Auris hybrid e-car

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The Golf does make more sense.

Agreed, the Golf is cheaper and has better mileage, 74.3 combined. Plus there is the resale value to consider....

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US Navy develops toss-proof robot crane

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The clever part

The clever part of this crane is the 6 degrees of control it has over the container. Heave compensation is already routine, but to be able to control a payload without it rotating and to be able to align it without needing anyone to come close to it is pretty cool.

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