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2836 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers

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...at least one opposable thumb

or teeth.

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Big Brother

tsa

I have a toolbox that has to be locked. For TSA purposes I hung the key on a bit of string on the handle. That didn't stop them crowbarring it open. I was given a bit of grey paper telling me how to complain. Neither phone number nor web address worked.

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This is what happens

When you put Security in the hands of underpaid members of the underclass. The TSA staff I have met have been either illegal immigrants, drug addicts, or ESN dribblers.

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Will News of the Screws reappear as Sunday.co.uk?

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...If it's claimed that The Sun also uses shameful and/or illegal methods of investigation...

Not going to happen. The wretched rag contains nothing but tits and footy, and people are falling over themselves to get those in papers.

Investigation goes with Journalism goes with News stories. All wholly alien to the Sun.

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Apple patent: 'Pour' your data from iPhone to iPad

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at least they're non-obvious.

Fair. I actually think it is quite clever, and in so far as it is an idea and not an algorith don't really mind it being patentable.

What I don't understand is the idea of patenting the gesture, as well as the idea. The shape I make with my hands is my affair.

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News of the World TO CLOSE

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Meh

Half a result

The filthy organ is gone

Now we need to deal with the wicked witch.

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Nice try, Amazon: 'One-click' payment too obvious to patent

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Hurrh!

well done, the EU!

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Lights go out at Telecity in London data outage

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trying to get power...

Combined cycle. Small gas turbine to generate the power, and the exhaust gas heat recovered to heat adjacent office space.

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Sunspot decline could mean decades of cold UK winters

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oh

Oh, ForeHEADs.

Sorry.

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As seen in previous discussion

Glad, really.

Can't be doing with hot weather.

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Microsoft publishes Wi-Fi data collection code

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A quick wash down

Good point

Well made

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FAIL

an apparent attempt to make Microsoft look good next to Google.

Going to need A LOT more shiny paint.

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Microsoft inks Bing deal with Baidu

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Miss! me miss!

they borg'd multimap, so for a while I was using it to cursor a point on the map & read off the lat/long & OSgrid co-ordinates.

Then they removed this useful feature.

Quite interesting to try to do high-accuracy positioning with these satellite images, from both systems. Last time I looked google maps and bing were usually around 5 to 15m different from the printed OS sheet, although which was closer varied. I suspect they use different methods of 'stretching' the pictures to fit known co-ordinates - mostly GIS roads as far as I can see. And I think the underlying mapping is different. There will also be rounding errors, & an error caused by the pixel/selection resolution sampling error. They all seem to use WGS84 for the roads & transverse mercator for the images, but instead of the 'standard' 3 degree interval for central meridians, I think they generate one for each photo image. If they were really clever they would use inclined mercator along the photography track, but I suspect the images are squared up and projected before they get them.

For armchair archaeology, you need both Bong and Gurgle, and I wish one or the other would let you do a time-lapse of different source images for the same spot.

For searching I prefer iXquick & alpha to both of them. And streetmap.co.uk for reading off coordinates. But bing does have an OSGB layer which google lacks, probably inherited from multimap.

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Paris Hilton

...sarcasm detection gland recently removed.

I must be getting old. He fooled me.

<-- easily fooled

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wondering

I am in two minds about which half of this deal is the evil overlord, and which the toadying minion.

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Positive?

Your W7 example is hilarious. I'm surprised you didn't quote Zune! The easiest way to get positive spin in a story is to make something good, at a sensible price, and stop treating users like thieves and pirates.

If that hurts too much, then just use published file formats instead of propitiatory ones.

(Oh look, I'm answering you as though you ARE microsoft. No idea why I came to that conclusion!)

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NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

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unfortunately

As far as I can tell 'registered as a newspaper' just means you can send it - unsealled- by post for half the^W^W a bit less money.

You don't need a licence to print or distribute.

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but

people give away the phone number. The remote access number should be different. I bet hardly anyone knows what theirs is.

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HP plan for faster, 64GB TouchPad leaks out

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Yes to all of that

I agree USB host is required for external HD.

But I also want USB client with bulk-storage mode so I can write to it from Linux.

And what about a cli I can ssh to?

And how about it becoming a second screen or graphics tablet when plugged into gnome/kde?

And better speakers as a given.

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Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

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Holmes

Heuristics complete

I've just run a massive analysis on my array of super-computers, and can predict that I am 94% certain that the iPhone after that will be called the iPhone 6.

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Popular FTP package download tarball poisoned

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md5

So you never check the independent MD5 checksum then? Or did they hack that too?

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Atlantis crew prepare for the 'Final Countdown'

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But shirley

we will be sending stuff down again too? Aren't we going to mine the asteroids for rare earth metals? And women with green faces and antennae?

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Apple MacBook Airs to get new, superfast 19nm Flash

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Is this how they make them thin?

24nm - 19nm = 5nm less. So it must be thinner?

I'll get me coat. Its very lightweight.

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Earth orbit for £1,000? You must be joking

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the rules

So, we could spend 10 billion on an inductive rail gun, and fire a 15g bullet into orbit, and only the cost of the electricity would have to come out of the thousand quid? am I right?

So, we spend another 10 billion on solar cells, charge up some batteries, do the launch. Cost of launch = 0?

flippancy aside, I do wonder if an induction gun might be the best approach? I like the passive radar reflector solution to proof, as well. Proof would be easier if we fired into a retrograde or anti-polar orbit, as nothing else would be going in that direction.

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Boffins fix dead satellite using 'dirty hack' in space

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Hurrah!

Good effort lads. I am reminded of John Aaron saving the launch of Apollo 12.

oh, and just incidentally, !SPACE!

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Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over

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kettle

Go look for a kettle not plugged into the wall, quite near something important that is.

it's usually a kettle.

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'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

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Maybe not.

I'm driving a 16 year old Alfa romeo. It is 2 litres, makes me smile, and goes from A to B in something approximating a straight line (depending on enthusiasm)

I could perhaps save a small amount of CO2 by changing it, at the expense of the huge amounts needed to molish a new car.

My 16 year old indesit washes my shirts.

I've been married to the same wonderful woman for 32 years.

My house was built in 1969, and apart from a bit of extra insulation has needed nothing doing to it since.

I don't believe I need to replace all those things just because newer ones are available.

Same with 'puters. Word 2K and 2003 were no better than W97. In fact they introduced autonumbering and style handling bugs. I've kept away from the two latest versions as though they have plague. XP is good enough, and as long as I don't use IE and have my smoothwall box on the router, I don't get any problems with it. So I see no point spending money and time on an upgrade-for-the-sake-of-it.

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Spooks made 1,061 bugging errors in 2010

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Legal problem

See this is a legal problem. It's all these damn rights. If only the law let them listen to everyone, then such mistakes would not be, err, a mistake at all.

</satire>

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Facebook game outfit Zynga files for $1bn IPO

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whot?

they had to spend half a billion dollars growing virtual vegetables?

Methinks someone is taking real milk from the virtual cow in advance of the IPO. Either that or each gratuitous greengage needs a server of its own.

Weird.

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simple division

if they really made 11 million profit, then it will take 90 years to get yer 1 billion IPO back.

There will have to be astronomic future growth to make this sensible. How often does that happen?

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everybody in that world has an over inflated sense of self-worth and importance

Go on, generalise a bit, why don't you!

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Panasonic TX-P65VT30 65in plasma 3D TV

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end of an era?

Are all tellies going to come without scart in future?

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Sensible distance

And there's the rub.

Apart from my well-documented indifference about 3D, Where would I put it?

This is a Tellie for Essex Millionaires , not the rest of us.

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Glasgow cammer not thrown in slammer

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As I understand it

It's a underculture thing, 'sticking it to the man' rather than artistic appreciation.

And, to be fair, much of Hollybore's output is not significantly degraded by second rate re-photoraphy. They started it.

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Auditor declares FiReControl a 'comprehensive failure'

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So, who gets fired?

Well, Gordon Brown did. Sort of. But he still has a job.

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well...

Buying land, building buildings that stand empty, and paying for 24/7 security presence at them adds a fair bit to the bill.

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Insider says doom looms at RIM

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evey bl**dy one

This memo could have been written to the board of every company I have ever worked in.

Why is China so dynamic? Is it the cheap, compliant, labour? or is it management not frightened to take a risk?

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Nokia E6 smartphone

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mmmm...

... mad teenage girls...

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Microsoft: Office 365 outages 'will' happen

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Pains me to say it

But this is quite a smart move by M$

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Goodbye Ms Bee

and Glod help them where you are going...

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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WTF?

This has got to stop

Why havn't Google called M$ out for whatever the corp. version of defamation?

Their silence sounds like a tacit admission.

Someone needs to put a stop to this licencing-by-strongarm tactic. Come on, google - speak out!

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Lenovo Thinkpad X220T 12.5in tablet PC

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vertical resolution

I've been getting more and more annoyed by this toys-r-us vertical resolution obsession that has been filling the world. It's just cheap & nasty.

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HP TouchPad 9.7in WebOS tablet

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Too little, too late, too expensive.

The review pretty much confirms my experience at a demo in an US airport.

Nice software, easy to use and nice crisp graphics.

Sluggish CPU, no memory card slot or usb host. And no USB bulk storage mode. And the pre3 magic touch means nothing if you can't get your hands on a pre3

Sad now. Wanted better.

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Ten... festival survival gadgets

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Yes

Why the blue blistering blazes would you want to listen to MP3s at a music festival?

The walkie talkie might be good if the batteries lasted 5 days, otherwise its clutter.

To find yer tent molish a unique flag and stick it on a long pole. Paint the tent with coloured waterproofer. One red tent in a field of beige ones is easy to find.

If you leave yer bits at home, they won't get nicked.

Wellies, some sleeping gear, condoms, and perhaps coffee (though people mostly buy that now) . There are 362 days a year to play with yer ipud.

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Google field tests (yet another) Facebook rival

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Simple recipe:

"one part telephone, one part coffee shop and 3 parts pub; shake; pour over ice... only digital and online. What could go wrong?"

Easy. it's digital and online. So no coffee, and no Beer.

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Deduping the digital universe

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What about Wales?

Enough ipads to build and roof houses for every sheep in Wales?

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US Navy invents 'Zero-Power Autonomous' ocean probe

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forbidden by international treaty.

and that would stop who? and how?

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Yahoo! seeds Hadoop startup on open source dream

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Hortonworks?

I wonder if Random House know about this?

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Renault pledges Fluence ZE will be UK's cheapest e-car

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Stick a honda generator in the boot

You can run them off red diesel.

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Office 365: Can Microsoft replace Microsoft?

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peaked

>IMHO, MS Office peaked with 97/2003.

Somewhere between the two, yes.

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