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2855 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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Good stuff

I am quite impressed. It's good to see someone not following the herd, but actually thinking about what you can do with all the wizardry about.

I don't want one, of course, as it is a temple to consumerism by a tax-evading group of shits. But it is a clever temple to consumerism by a clever tax evading group of shits.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Escape

Surely the time honoured method is to dress up as a washer woman and walk out carrying a basket? As long as he remembers to wear big black boots and say "Lawks" a couple of times he'll be fine.

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Re: Watch a front door

All this economics baffles me. Do we /only/ pay him while he's looking at a front door? Would we not have been paying him if he'd been e.g. Stop-and-searching some poor black kid?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Load of Shite

oh. farthing.

as you were, then. Sorry.

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Wikipedia insists paid editors reveal their bits in public

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Re: inverse case

>was the review consistent with the (eventual) content of the book?

It was essentially a personal attack on the author for having the temerity to write a book on that subject, and saying all his facts were wrong. I suspect a rival publisher who hadn't noticed the release date.

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inverse case

A friend of mine had a devil of a job getting Amazon to remove a negative review of a book they were listing but which wasn't going to physically exist for at least 12 months.

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'Forced'

Whilst I applaud the principle, I don't see how this can be policed.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Oh

So something I don't want won't be available on something I don't have before it becomes available on something I have but don't use.

OK, then.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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I don't care

I've never twatted nor facebukked anything that I didn't want people to know.

And I do support certain political viewpoints on there, and if MI* are collating my remarks about IDS and Blair and Gove and Microband, then there is some chance they may get to hear my views, if only as part of a bell curve. Good. 'cos they ain't listening any other way.

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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For reasons you don't want to know, I once wrote an AT command parser in the script language for the procomm plus terminal emulator.

Just 'cos Turing said it was possible, didn't mean he said it would be easy.

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Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

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I wonder how many he owns?

I do hope this chap isn't just indulging in stock pumping, by predicting higher earnings using pure guesswork. I wonder how many he owns?

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Smartphone SEX APPS will give you CUPID'S MEASLES - study

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Re: ointment

As long as it's ointment you need, not oinkment

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Starting?

> starting to baulk at “spending £500-plus of their own money on a device they will use for work”

I'm several decades ahead of that curve then.

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: I know when I've had enough!

I like a man with literary pretensions

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Identification problem

"...allowing electric cars to drive in bus lanes.... California allows electric cars...car pool lanes,..."

Given how ordinary all cars look now, surely this would require all electric cars to have a BFO "E" stencilled on the bonnet in flourescent paint, so that the camera operators would know they are entitled?

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Oh good

It must be Friday. I was getting worried for a bit.

I've actually enjoyed this week. Siemens S7 programming. Training Ladder, statement list, real-time interrupts. Accumulators, register indirect addressing, binary. Made me think I was back in 1974.

Just wait till the boss discovers he booked me on the wrong course!

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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

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Al of that.

I think that Dell rubbishing the idea of innovation is of a piece with Boeing giving up on innovation and all the other death-of-the-west retrenchment in businesses run by accountants and engineers . We desperately need innovation and R&D.

But I too have my doubts that HP will make a success of this. Their track record in recent decades is not encouraging.

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Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'

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Unpopular view

My view is that

* Snowden was, by simple definition, a traitor

* The world is better off for what he revealled

So he was a Traitor working for a corrupt regime. He decided he could not keep the secrets secret. That makes him a good man, but does not stop the unfortunate side effect of being traitorious toward a regime that neither he nor I respect.

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Re: FFS!

FFS can't they make content I actually want to watch?

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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Named by whom?

I find the BBC this morning was fascinated by the name. Just because someone dreamed up a name, it doesn't make it any more real.

I am interested in the science, but this populist crap is a dilution of it. Why didn't they name it "Norman"?

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Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

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Re: slightly less bonkers cabinet minister

are there any?

A friend recenctly described the spat between Gove and May as "A battle of wits between unarmed combatants"

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Quiant, indeed. I am getting the same effect.

Ah well, it will be a thousand years before it gets to PE10 anyway.

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Gunmaker finds KILLER APP for Google Glass

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Re: Marketing rubbish

Yes, this is just hype.

The idea of a remote display, even a HUD, for an aiming camera is not something new, or something made possible by gurgle gloss.

Someone is just creating clickbait.

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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Interesting

I wonder if the Ubuntu phone OS or Sailfish could also be ported to it?

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

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Re: Ugly and unergonomic

Watch out. I said something similar and was roundly condemned for having my own views!

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EMC

Is the glass metalised to reduce radio frequency interferrence?

And yes, it is pug-ugly and needs to go away.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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pull out antenna

I want one, even if it doesn't do anything.

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Re: I really can't see a point...

I understand what you are saying, but they are a really good way to confuse the salesdroids at PCwhirled, who will try and sell you a laptop with 768 pixels and a phone with 1200 all at the same time. It's worth doing, if only to see the existential angst on thier little faces.

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

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OK, that's exciting

I have no idea what I would do with it, but It is quite something.

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Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates

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NO chat for home users

I just tried to use the live chat thing on the Dell web site to ask them about the Ubuntu tablet, and it appears that for those of us in the UK live chat is only for businesses, not home users.

They don't want to talk to me? Fine. I'll go back to not talking to them.

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Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe

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Losing track

Is this the thing that used to be palm? or something to do with Nokia and Intel? I can't remember any of these things any more.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Does it make toast?

I want it to make toast. And possibly love.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Re: No recorded reports of wolf attacks on humans!

so? no-one has survived a wolf attack long enough to record it? </pTerry>

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I'm with the wolves

I'm with the wolves. Good luck lads

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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But how ?

But how does the falling curtain at the ceremony work? Where did it go?

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SPACE!!!

Hurrah!

Elon Musk for world president, I say!

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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Re: Roslyn compiler

Not seen that. does it produce code that runs on Templar buildings?

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re: Samsung claim they are selling

or, as you say, shipped.

They are trying to give them away at Schiphol with the associated tablet and a case in a special promotion. Not seen one move yet.

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Re: zune

Nah. It will be like a Diskworld device and have a demon that says "Bingley-Bing"

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

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errr..

I just checked the form, and after asking for my name and email address (which seems reasonable) they then say "If your request concerns more than one URL, please provide an explanation for each URL.".

I have to list everything about me? I thought they had a search engine!

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Re: Masks

Yes, for a blissful few hours I had.

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Masks

I think we should all go shopping wearing Masks. Pick one of:

* Jeremy Clarkson

* Jar jar Binks

* Richard III

* The Pope

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: The females in the house have this request:

Most seamen refer to the washbasin in the cabin as the 'night heads'

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Re: Personal numbers

Surely anyone having an affair has a 30quid 'burner' from tescos?

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Re: Snowblower

In this domestic regime it would have to collect the snow, too.

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Face and name

Another app for google glass. Remind me of people's names when I am looking at them. (Additionally, their wife, children, job title.....)

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Subtitles

Subtitles for people, for when I go abroad.

This is something that google glass ought to make possible.

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Passwords consigned to history.

Some method of identifying myself to a computer (door, car, checkin desk) just by being there, instead of having to type the name of my first girlfriend and her telephone number.

An end to passwords, please.

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Anti-spam

Replacing all those arpanet email protocols with something secure and traceable, so that spam, phishing, 419, fraud, and cyber bullying could be easily traced and contain enough evidence to prosecute.

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Paintbot.

You remember all that guff about hoe Gecko's feet work?

Put it to work on a little wall creeper that paints just the flat surface it is on, ignoring skirting boards and architraves.

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