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2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger

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and counting

Will there be one really special one that controls all the others?

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Re: So, in every Cracker Jack box

CRACKERJACK!

oh, sorry, wrong one

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Re: Dell marketed and sold linux

Sold, perhaps, if you were determined enough.

Marketed? no. It was a dirty secret, not offered with any enthusiasm.

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Top Gear isn't TV, not when it's on YouTube

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handy

I shall file this to show the TV licencing hitmen

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Nokia: Ship's now stable, all we need is passengers

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Re: Android is Nokia only hope

That dockable ubuntu phone/pc might be a better bet

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Re: Nokia Suite is great

Never thought I'd hear that - or agree with it. Apart from insisting on splitting my contact names into imaginary first & surnames, it's pretty solid.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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1920 by 1080

1920 by 1080 is a telly, not a monitor.

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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Stop

nonsense

Playing fast-and-loose with the definition of temperature with a few hundred potassium atoms balanced on individual laser beams is one thing. Making new and novel stable materials is a whole different bunch of subatomic phenomena.

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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If we are going to play that game

I vote for 'A for Andomeda'

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/453217/index.html

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B5

I really admired the Babylon 5 thing. They managed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, rather like a novel, and still spawn stand-alone stories. OK, the silly-alien-hairstyle method of speciation must be something they came to regret very quickly, but the characters under those nightmare prostehtics were complex and layerd, and that was unusual in the land of goodies and badies.

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Too much woo-woo

I really thought all that pseudo-religious crap about the guardians and the destiny of Sisko was uneccessary.

ST was supposed to be Science Fiction, not magic.

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Soz, switch-fondlers: Doesn't look like 2013 is 10Gb Ethernet's year

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Well Quite

>the bulk of businesses just don't need 10x the bandwidth

>and aren't willing to pay 3x the cost

It has been a long time since hardware purchases have been anything other than a distress purchase!

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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I want one

I want one now!

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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for glod's sake!

I could stand still with my arms folded across my chest and undermine windows phone. It's automatic.

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

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It's a recession

Look lads, that's what a recession is. When food and petrol start to cost a bigger chunk of a shrinking budget, people cut down on fripperies. Like computer games.

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Re: Amazon recommendations

The recommendations do make an amusing parlour game - "what made them think I wanted that?"

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Cleft stick

The worst offender I know is spex4less. I have bought spectacles from them in the past, and may well do so again. Their prices, quality, and customer service are first-class. I've had them telephone me to confirm a prescription because it was so far different from the one I gave them the year before. Brilliant. But they do have the habit of trying to sell me another pair every day after I have bought one. They bombard with emails.

I want to continue to shop with a reliable, trustworthy, and cheap supplier. I don't want the drifts of emails that clog up my inbox. Telling them this does not change things.

This is what spam filters are for. I take them out of the blacklist when I place an order, and put them back after I have recieved it. They are clever enough not to send direct marketing while an order is open, so it works nicely.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Misheard lyrics

Wogan built a career on it: 'Mulligan's Tyre', indeed.

His high water was Kenny Rogers:

"You picked a fine time to leave me Lou Seal,

with four hundred kids and a cop in the field"

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Re: re. Bootnotes

Bar: where you find all the people who can explain beats and time signatures

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

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Duck tape

Since we have so many pedants around, I am surprised tnat no-one has pointed out that Duck Tape is a brand of duct tape. In the Uk we call it 'Gaffer' tape, after the head electrician in theatres, renowned for using it to solve all problems!

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Boffins build substrate for 'peel and stick' solar cells

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Re: I wish to place a bet...

Oh, Merry Christmas, you grinch...

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China 'enhances' Great Firewall, teaches it to choke off VPNs

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Company security

That's an end to company email whilst in China, then. More opportunity to break $MEGACORP rules by using gmail.

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Opposable thumbs for FISTS, not finesse, say bioboffins

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All wrong

The thumb has evolved to get the highest possible ballroom hold marks from Craig Revell-Horwood.

(Guess what Mrs H has been doing on saturday evenings?)

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Silicon Roundabout £50m THING to spew 200 startups A YEAR

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And yet

They see no problem in potential engineers facing a lifetime's debt for their education.

When it comes to not-adding-up there is something olympic class about this mob.

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Berlin

And two opera houses that have a different production every night...

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US text-to-911 emergency SMS to go live by 2014

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How long?

about 11 seconds

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AMD bites bullet, slashes chip orders

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hmm.

My old dad would have told them to cut the prices before cutting the orders

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US Army demos first robot Black Hawk helicopter

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Black Helicopters

There are no robot helicopters

Move along please, nothing to see here

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Frenchmen's sperm plunges by a third in quality and quantity since '89

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award time!

la sous-position de la semaine

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Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’

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Re: Good engineering

That's everything I was going to say, and said better!

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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Re: Maybe they should

>How many different kinds of morons do you have on offer?

I reckon there is roughly one per IP address, all different.

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Boffin

"Boffins tackle Mayan Prophecy"

Bored, were they? Nothing to do?

You are NASA - build a bloody spaceship, instead of sitting round the campfire with stoners and hippies! There are blokes in Bristol drawing spaceships, why aren't you?

SPACESHIP! MARS! ARK! STARSHIP! Come on lads, back to work.

It's not rock... oh, it probably is. But that's what you are paid for!

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Nintendo Wii U Review

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interesting

The teardown looks interesting. Lots of straightforward components and connectors, nothing state-of-the-art, simple box construction. Low cost high volume = happy happy. Probably pretty reliable too.

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Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

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FAIL

Power of the public

Comet died because people were not buying things from them.

There may be a hundred reasons for that but in the end it was the oldest retail truth in the world. The Customer is always Right.

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Microsoft halves Surface RT production orders - report

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It's going the way of the Zune and the Kin.

...but not quickly enough

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LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

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coming with five pairs of 3D specs

I should bluddy hope so at that price!

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

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Hmm

Tempting. Very tempting. Still needs

* better screen resolution

* somewhere to stick a sim, for connectivity

* different OS

But we are getting there.

As to linux, Mint 13 includes the KDE touch screen stuff, perhaps they have a driver? But thanks so much for testing it with Linux.

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Italians deploy fearsome SPY MANNEQUINS to win Fashion Wars

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Terminator

Re: Do they

you have been spying on me with your Auton space rays!

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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@Ian Michael Gumby. I reckon half a mill is still outrageous.

I worked on a ship where we implimented a personell locator/lone worker system using the motorola UHFs and some badge responders. about 120 compartments wired up to a dedicated machine which displayed where everyone was, and linked into the Man Overboard and General alarms too - most devices had a panic button.

Whole package, hardware, transponders, cabling, and a terminal running some embedded software (OS9, I thihk) - around 20K UKP in the 1990s. We already had the UHFs with lone worker buttons, that was another 12K but was part of the comms package - I could make half-duplex phone calls home from mine.

1980s, I worked in a laboratory where we wore 'lone worker' pendants that called for help if we stopped moving or went horizontal, or pulled the lanyard off.. Around 1.5K total price, for 5 people in 6 spaces.

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Microsoft-Motorola patent row: Google wants $4 BEELLION a year

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I don't like this story.

I can't decide which side I loathe.

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Google wants $4B a year

Of course they do.

So do I

I'm not going to get mine.

They aren't going to get theirs.

Carry on, world.

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

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great - but...

...What am I going to run it on?

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4chan founder Moot threatens site for using his handle

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12 yr old whose claim to fame is having written a whack a bieber app.

and you have a problem with that?

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Autonomy to HP: bollocks

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Re: I remember ...

Good, healthy ripostes though. I'm waiting for them to cast the movie.

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PCs punch HP in the gut, servers knee it in the jewels

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Product, Product, Product

Keep turning out the same old tired laptops with tors-r-us screens, and no-one wants to buy them. Surprise!

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HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC

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Re: Two words...

Much more precises and succinct than my efforts, but my thoughts exactly.

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Re: Some of HP's accusations.

"...a willful effort ... inflate the underlying financial metrics..."

And that is exactly the sort of thing that due dilligence and companies like KPMG are supposed to pick up. HP were conned. and HP were negligent. I have no sympathy.

And, yes, two of the principle clowns have left the circus, but that leaves the whole support act to answer questions.

here is a clue, lads. A thing good that looks too good to be true, is usually too good to be true.

[Big clown icon needed]

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Dell looks around for an all-Flashy gobblement opportunity

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Cherry picking

But Dell, M$, and all the aquisitive remainder (like GE, Siemens, Disney) are paying a lot for success and nothing for failure. it is close to risk-free.

The risk is being taken by the rest of us who invest in startups direct or through our pension funds, and are paying for the 80% failure rate. The acquirers are getting fat on the 20% success rate, without covering the cost of failure at all.

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Re: Wrong

Yes, but outsourcing has been SO succesful for the railways, hospitals, HR departments, etc...

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Apple's profits fetish could spell its DOOM

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Surprise us all

Come on Apple, come up with something pervasive - like a small headset that can be a voice-op phone, or activate voice control on a nearby computer, or pick up timetables from intelligent bus stops, or buzz gently when someone we know is nearby.

How about family photo sharing - all pictures taken by all family members available to all with location and timestamps?

What about a many-sim iphone? or paired iphones, where one number rings more than one phone, like a 1930s plan 1 extension system?

Parked bluetooth (or better wireless method) headsets that charge from the ipad while parked inside it?

Remember 'beaming' your business card from one palm pilot to another. What about tap-to-share-contact-details?

An Identifcation system other than passwords? something like PKI cards, but as a tiny rfid thing in jewellry or watches or phones or badges or spectacles? I would buy a terminal/programming adaptor/app for home, and blank rfid dust. I would then programme/refresh the individual rfid items to identify me for a day, week, month - after which they would die and need replacing. And the terminal could cancel them on request, perhaps by telephoning it. Maybe I would have to be carrying at least 4 to complete succesful ID, so that any one lost/stolen item could not impersonate me. The vendor could sell the terminal; charge a subscription for identifying me; and sell the rfid dust too. Up-front and continuing revenue. Perfect.

Health monitoring and telemetry.

Child tracking.

Panic communities: phones with a panic button, and volunteer responders as well as national ones. (see our community defibrilators in vilages in Lincolnshire for how people are keen to help each other)

How about a version of an LCD photo frame with a sim in it? So that I can take pictures of the kids and send them by MMS to their grandma without her having to to do anything?

How about a 'family status' mirror, for the hallway? Nice big mirror, little individual cells showing where we are, the last message we sent, lat photo we took, happy/busy/bored/need a hug icons? Touch two of them and the mirror duplicates each other's status to each other - "Mum said you need to talk to me" sort of thing.

A bigger, better Siri that can be your friend, learn about you, start to suggest things spontaneously?

Things for the disabled? Pick up the state of pedestrian controlled lights for blind people - "West street, crossing outside No. 8, from North to South pavement, Stop. Go in 15 seconds. 14, 13...". "Cooker turned on but not lit". "Saucepan has been boiling for 8 minutes"

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