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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

maccy
Coffee/keyboard

"London leads the world in technology"??

Fuck - when did that happen? I must have been asleep for the last ten years.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

maccy
Go

MONEY

Over at Oculus, co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe added: "We are excited to ... get lots and lots of money OH FUCK YEAH MONEY MONEY LOTS OF FUCKING MONEY .... err, sorry , I mean, we're excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual .. ah fuck it. It's just money. Where's my Ferrari?"

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Google pulls SCHAFT out of military honeypot, sprays gold at bot team

maccy

Who writes these headlines?

Seriously, they need their own byline.

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UK.gov! frets! over! Yahoo! exodus! to! RIPA-free! Dublin!

maccy
Facepalm

The move to Ireland is a ...

... cover story for tax avoidance

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

maccy
Windows

Title Optional

maybe they are dropping the price because their product is a bit, well, shit compared to competitors. Dropbox has _never_ failed me, while the gdrive client has frequently (>2 times per week) decided to simply stop working without telling anyone.

Only reason I'm still with gdrive is I'm a cheapskate (and a bit invested in picasa), and maybe this pricing acknowledges the near-freetard spending profile of Google's users.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

maccy
Stop

journalist manipulation

Usually, these sort of stories get "released" in response to some embarassing incident that puts the TSA in a bad light. I seem to remember reading about grenades in luggage sometime last year too.

Anyone know what sort of idiocy the security theatre has been up to recently?

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

maccy
Mushroom

He's right but ...

... you can be right without FUCKING SWEARING.

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Quantum transistors at room temp

maccy
Pint

also, what's with all these SEMI-conductors?

We need proper good old fashioned conductors, not this half-assed semi shit. That'll make your computer thingies go faster.

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Acorn founder: SIXTH WAVE of tech will wash away Apple, Intel

maccy
Pint

google car

400,000 miles of random driving? You would have thought the computer behind the wheel would have sobered up by now.

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

maccy
FAIL

I'm pretty sure it's not "telemetrics"

it's just plain "metrics". The "tele-" bit means that you are very far away from something. On the other hand, maybe they were very far away from the user, and that's how the UI turned out the way it did.

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

maccy
FAIL

"We empower literally billions of pounds of start-ups through our advertising network and so forth,"

I think he meant to say:

"We make literally billions of pounds through our advertising network and so forth,"

More honest, unlike their tax arrangements.

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Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

maccy
Childcatcher

If those kids are as good as a Google engineer ...

.. why not hire some to maintain Google Reader? (and while they're at it, fix the long-lasting bugs in Google Drive client).

I suspect the reason Vietnamese kids can pass the Goog entrance exam is because Google are nowhere near as good as they think they are.

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Google Drive goes titsup for MILLIONS of users

maccy
FAIL

google's cloud is ok ...

.. but the Google drive client sucks ass. Constantly dies without any notification. How come all of Google's "brilliant" engineers can't produce a client that's as stable as dropbox's??

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UK's 'Nobel prize for engineering' given to 'inventors of the interwebs'

maccy
Unhappy

The more prestigious the prize tries to be, the fewer risks it takes. I predict this prize will fizzle in a few years as the organizers run out of obvious choices, and they haven't the guts to give it to someone interesting.

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First video inside thinking fish's brain captured by boffins

maccy

A lightbulb moment!

pity it turned on inside the little chap's head instead of floating above it in a cartoony manner.

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Beware the coming of the ROGUE CLOUDS, wails Symantec

maccy
FAIL

The solution is right here:

"The most commonly cited reason for firing up a rogue cloud was to save time and money, according to Symantec."

So the solution is to make the in-house cloud easier and cheaper.

Oh, wait, I don't think I've ever seen an in-house solution with those characteristics, because they are designed to keep management happy rather than the workers who use it.

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Steve Jobs' Apple yacht freed after family settles the bill

maccy
Thumb Down

seriously ugly

I would have said:

fuck it, it's yours. No way am I paying more than I already have for that p.o.s.

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'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'

maccy
FAIL

I think Schmidt IS confused about this

Capitalism is a system where the means of production - the capital if you will - are owned by one group of people (the capitalists) who then hire another group of people (the workers) to use the capital to create good which are sold for profit.

It has nothing to say about "maximizing shareholder value" (there might not even be any shareholders). It says nothing about whether avoiding tax is good or bad (and Adam Smith would say it's bad, because it gives advantage to companies with good lawyers, rather than good products, and Smith wanted the competition to be between products so as to yield the greatest good for the greatest number).

Schmidt was confused. He should have said: "It’s called greed. We are proudly greedy." But that wouldn't sound so good.

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Astronomers find biggest black hole, 17 BILLION times the size of Sun

maccy
Mushroom

but its not black: definately mostly orange, with a white bit in the middle

that's because it's an inverse fried egg, which probably solves the chicken and egg dilemma in a very tasty way.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

maccy
Windows

thin? why?

I just don't get why thin is such a huge selling point for a desktop. Makes sense for a laptop or a tablet, but the desktop just sits there. You don't have to lift it. Smallish is good, but obsessing about thin suggests they're distracting you from the fact that its FUCKING EXPENSIVE and they could, if they cared, give you the same performance for a whole lot less, if they'd just let it get a few mm thicker.

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Last month ties for WARMEST September on RECORD

maccy
Facepalm

lack of thought exhibited

some idiot said:

"According to NOAA, all of the top 10 warmest years on record have occurred after 1997, when skeptics claimed global warming stopped."

One is not inconsistent with the other. If the global temperature flatlined on average after 1997, that would mean that global warming had stopped. But the years since 1997 would still be warmer than the preceding years so, with a bit of randomness, would continue to throw out records.

Personally, I think we're staking a LOT on what could easily be explained as random fluctuations.

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Asus doubles up phone-slate combo's specs with Padfone 2

maccy
Windows

should i call it ...

a phablet? or a tone?

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It's official: Apple will reveal 'a little more' on October 23

maccy
Devil

I've got something to show you

(unzips fly)

You have to stand pretty close to see it

The new iPenis MINI !!

Who said size didn't matter?

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VR pioneer invents 'illumination-as-a-service'

maccy
Facepalm

Each light can be programmed to do 'most anything.

Like turn on. Then off.

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Democratic congresswomen 'less feminine in appearance' than Republicans

maccy
FAIL

age a factor here too

the pictures look more like hip grandma vs. scary bitch, rather than more or less feminine, but what do I know?

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Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'

maccy
Coat

and if they have or haven't run out, why should I care?

IT

IS

A

PHONE.

How is it _possible_ to give a flying fuck about a phone? It makes calls, it connects to the internet, it farts, it plays a few games.

Obviously I'm not the target market.

Mine's the one with the TC in the pocket (the H fell off a week ago)

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W3C names four new editors of HTML5 spec

maccy
Boffin

Clarke's law should have said:

Any sufficiently large bureaucracy is indistinguishable from a snail.

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Nationwide DOUBLES card payments in fresh banking gaffe

maccy
Pint

I'd buy that for a dollar!

Just so long as they don't ever get involved in Olympic security:

"You have 20 seconds to put down the gun"

"You have 20 seconds to put down the gun"

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UK's tax-funded boffinry to be published FREE for all

maccy
Stop

I guess some of your commenters aren't familiar with academic publishing

Those that say that e.g. " the real cost of publishing ... concerns finding appropriate peer reviewers, editors and proofreaders" because those services are provided free to the journal publisher by academics. Except proofreading, which is all but nonexistent.

Who would have thought that you could make so much money by employing highly qualified people (writers, reviewers etc) for free?

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Sigma SD1 Merill 46Mp DSLR

maccy
FAIL

Re: Only the Foveon concept isn't particularly good

" A Foveon sensor will record it in either the red channel or the green channel, depending on the wavelength, and can't know that it's all gone wrong."

Apart from sodium vapour lamps, no naturally occurring colours are single wavelengths. So an orange light, which actually spreads all the way from say 450nm to 700nm, to varying degrees, will be picked up by both the red and green channels (maybe even the blue, a little). You should be able to calculate a fairly accurate CIE XYZ coordinates from that, which is all you need for colour reproduction.

Otherwise, not interested. Any camera costing more than £200 is too much for me.

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Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

maccy
IT Angle

Boffin?

You mistakenly call Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock a boffin. Clearly she isn't that, given her talent for shameless self-promotion; but she isn't a trick-cyclist either. I think we need a new catchphrase at El Reg.

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GPS spoofing countermeasures: Your smartphone already has them

maccy
Big Brother

Anyone lost GPS near Grantham?

It happened to me twice when driving to Cambridge on the A1. I figured it was either some GPS jamming from a miltary base or Margaret Thatcher's evil miasma.

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Samsung asks for US Galaxy Nexus ban to be lifted pending appeal

maccy
FAIL

Re: Re: apple PR

"Computers before the Apple Lisa/Mac looked quite different too."

Well, all but one. The Xerox Star workstation, which in terms of look and feel was completely copied by Apple.

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Breaking: Megaupload seizures illegal says NZ High Court

maccy
Devil

I don't get it ...

Look, sersly:

1. The guy is megafat!

2. He only wears black

3. He has a stupid name

4. He's got something to do with teh interwebs

Must be guilty. Why don't those sheep-fucking NZ-ers get this!!

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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

maccy
Coat

You know what I think would be funny?

Get on a motorboat and zip out to it just after it got launched, then smash it with a hammer.

Maybe only I'd find that funny.

Mines the one with the hammer in the pocket.

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Apple-Moto patent punchup can come into court, says judge

maccy
Trollface

Your doorbell runs android?

Seriously, what is it? An HTC wildfire blutacked to the doorknocker?

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'iPhone 5 case' sparks supplier fondle frenzy

maccy
FAIL

smaller dock?

so you have to chuck out your old accessories. typical apple.

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Acer touts Tegra 3 tablet

maccy
Headmaster

Someone tell me

Why is it always a "price point" and not just a price?

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UK music-rights collection: Where does all the money go?

maccy
FAIL

They could save a million

by simply cutting the pay of Ashcroft and Porter. Why wait til 2015?

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National Rail Enquiries

maccy

Rail planner

I agree, RP is just as good (judging from screenshots) and cheaper. Had it for a year or two. And it has helped me out a couple of times. You get some info about where your train is, rather than where it's supposed to be too, although this isn't always very accurate.

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Nvidia: phone GPUs to outplay current consoles by 2014

maccy
Flame

Never mind about the battery,

what about the heat? You can't touch a gpu when it's going full blast, so how are you going to hold a phone which uses the case as the gpu's heat sink?

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

maccy
Childcatcher

programming in schools is doomed by tick-box culture

Even if they did decide to teach real programming, you can be sure that before you're allowed to write the program, you'll have to

a) Write a full specification for it like the pros do

b) Decide which programming methodology to follow - waterfall, agile etc.

c) Finally write something that doesn't work

d) be graded on a & b, with scant regard for the fact that it didn't work.

Now, apart from the fact that this is good training for working on a large government IT contract, it just isn't how people get _interested_ in programming.

And in case you think this won't happen, my son did a woodwork project where actually making the object was less than 25% of the overall work.

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Blighty's new top supercomputer bagged by software boffins

maccy
Childcatcher

probably useful ...

... for reading all those emails so we can catch all them pedos and terrorists.

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Nokia v Apple nanoSIM format war: Victor will be named next month

maccy
Meh

And the choice is between ...

One teeny tiny sim from Nokia, and one teeny tiny sim from Apple. Shit, just toss a coin.

(Prediction: if Apple's isn't accepted, they'll implement it in their own phones anyway)

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Who killed ITV Digital? Rupert Murdoch - but not the way you think

maccy
Thumb Down

missing the point

"Even if counterfeit smart cards hadn't existed, it wouldn't have made any difference"

Maybe so, but that misses the point that if Sky colluded with a code-breaking and piracy operation against one of its competitors, even one as incompetent as ONdigital, then what they did was completely illegal.

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Robotic surgeon successful in first prostate snip

maccy
Thumb Down

+1 for robotics, -1 for evidence-based medicine

Apart from the fact that most prostate operations are completely unnecessary, that's great news!

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Giant planet pileups in far-flung star systems: Computer says yes

maccy
Alien

The Fermi paradox.

So is this why there's no-one out there? Earthlike worlds at 1 AU are a rarity, because all the good orbital zones are taken up by some fatty bastard, farting methane and sweating.

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

maccy

It's Java. Pretty much anything written in Java acts like a virus.

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Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy

maccy
Unhappy

ok, so where are they?

maybe they're all too busy playing "Angry Gnarfgles"

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Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

maccy
Thumb Down

Fuel cell ??

A fuel cell, in a phone? I am sure it's passed the obviousness test, because most people would consider it obviously stupid, but really, when did just sticking two things together become a patentable invention?

Oh, wait ...,

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