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'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

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"Errr, remind me, which was the best out of those?"

In terms of quality, Betamax. VHS survived because it was a bit cheaper.

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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"I never understood what was so special..."

Indeed. But enough about Serenity - what did you think of Star Wars?

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Re: I spent ages playing Tempest...

For reference, the "claw" in Tempest is called a C-Shooter.

Dave Theurer's finest hour, that game, and it didn't get any worse when Jeff Minter remade it as Tempest 2000.

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Tesco: Every little (effort to kill Amazon, Spotify) helps

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"I can see it now films brought to you by Tesco"

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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"A Fully Integrated RF-Powered Contact Lens With a Single Element Display'"

Is there something wrong with me that my first reaction to seeing that was to try and figure out what the humourous acronym was?

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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"is the Triple E the class, or the name?"

It's the class, obviously. You see it, and you go "Eee, that's a big ship!"

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Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge

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where's your, "double-sided sticky tape, for speed"?

Apple patented it so they could use it in Apple Maps.

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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A Renault, you say?

"Papa?"

"NIICOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEE!!!!!"

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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"Acheron and Styx"

If you're going to name them for a pair of rivers, Phlegethon and Styx would be more appropriate. The water nymph Styx (for whom the river is named) was in love with the fire spirit Phlegethon, but died at his touch.

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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"I've seen bigger pricks down at the local bank."

Not unusual, really. The average man has 5.5-7 inches, whereas the average bank manager is closer to six foot.

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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"I would go with 117"

One shiny upvote for AC 6/2/13 13:14, as promised. It's higher than you'd think, isn't it?

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Here's a fun question for you

Excluding 1, what is the smallest integer that is not the sum of two primes, the product of two primes or a power of a prime? First person to get it wins a shiny upvote.

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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Re: 17.07MB ?

It's 9MB on my Play Store.

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Ten 3D printers for this year's modellers

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"I liked your quote so much, I have copied and reprinted it"

But not in 3D, so I guess you do need a 3D printer!

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BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT

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"I give it a year."

I don't think many people will be streaming that film in HD.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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"I really don't want to live on this planet any more."

That's a foolish attitude to have, Fab. You should not want Apple to live on this planet any more.

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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"I know a guy from the New York Army National Guard ..."

Frank, the difference between the guy from the Guard with his Army cartoon and Mr Gallant here is that your guy is only poking fun at his employer. Gallant is making fun of the people who called him for assistance. I don't know how things work where you are, but over here I would expect anyone in a customer-facing role who openly held customers in contempt to be fired for misconduct. Under the circumstances and given how few people had downloaded the game Gallant's employer should probably have given him a severe dressing down and told him to pull the game and replace it with an apology before moving directly to dismissal, but he can't complain about unfair treatment.

(That's not to say his customers weren't stupid, by the way - just that he should have kept his thoughts on the matter to himself.)

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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"you are on their database, as you are a customer. ..."

True dat, but a company that doesn't separate existing customers from potential new customers is so wilfully incompetent that they don't deserve business.

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HateLoveFilm

LoveFilm cold called me asking if I wanted to try a subscription. I informed them that I already had one, but would be cancelling it because they had cold called me and I don't do business with companies that use cold calling.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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"a little more careful murdering people under the Stand Your Ground law "

Legal note (IANAL): SYG isn't the law that applies here. "Stand Your Ground" laws remove the duty to retreat from a public confrontation before using force if you are acting in defence of life, and are primarily invoked to allow white people to shoot black people - SYG has a habit of being thrown out as a defence when it's a black shooter or a white victim. This case is castle doctrine, which allows the residents of a property to defend themselves against intruders regardless of whether they believe their life is endangered.

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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An interesting way to drum up publicity

They might have wanted to try regular advertising first, though. I live in Aberdeen and I've never heard of this place. Not that I'll be trying it now - finding the advert before the restauarant, to me it feels more like a 25% surcharge for not being an Apple owner.

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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"Pencil and paper? No Spam either."

Sir, I submit that you have never had someone else doodle in your margins.

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Spanish city renames square in Clash frontman's honour

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The square?

Pfft. It should have been the casbah.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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"HMV was too expensive to survive"

Honestly, there is no need for further analysis beyond this. HMV have been selling their core products - CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays - at RRP. That's rendered them uncompetitive not only with online retailers but with every other remaining physical retailer as well. I could walk into my local independent music store and get The Wall Immersion Edition for £99 if I wanted it, while 100 yards away HMV are still asking the full £120.

When a chain store isn't able to compete on price with a single-outlet small business in the same town, you know there is mismanagement at work.

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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"Try again fanbois."

Normally I'd downvote your ignorance and move on, but as it's the OP's fault for not properly spelling out the scenario I'll correct him instead. The area of space through which the Kessel Run is made is dangerous because it's littered with black holes. The more powerful your ship's engines, the closer you can get to the black holes before you're unable to escape the gravity well - so being faster shortens your run as you can take a more direct line. Other, slower ships cannot take your route.

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Review: Google Nexus 4

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"They should offer us a choice though"

Samsung sort of do - the Galaxy S2 at least has an official extended battery which comes with a replacement back cover for the phone. With the extended battery the phone is about 1mm thicker. It's an option more companies should consider offering.

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Disney World slaps pay-by-bonk stalker cuffs on grown-ups

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"Am I the only one that finds this just a little bit disquieting?"

Disquieting but not surprising. Ex-Disneyworld staff have referred to the place as "Mauschwitz". While that's slightly hyperbolic, Uncle Walt's Magic Kingdom really is not a very pleasant place.

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

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"water has this nasty habit of changing it's density with pressure"

Yeah, another reason to use the metal kilo instead of water, although you could specify the pressure and temperature conditions for the water. On the other hand, water's freezing and boiling points can be altered and even the speed of light changes under certain conditions so the metre and degree Celsius really aren't any better.

We should all go back to Imperial measures. The area one man can plough with one ox in a day may be variable, but by gum, at least it's got history!

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"Just how do you convert a physical entity to a mathematical scribble?"

In the case of the kilogram, with remarkable ease. If a metre is fixed by the speed of light, then a kilogram is also fixed because a kilogram is the weight of a volume of pure water 0.1m x 0.1m x 0.1m. The trick is getting pure dihydrogen oxide, of course, which is why the reference kilogram is made of platinum and iridium.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

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Worst broadband in the world? Well, no.

Because at 0.1Mbps, it isn't a broadband service. If memory serves, the minimum speed requirement for a service to be considered broadband is 160kbps. Services which cannot consistently attain that speed cannot legally be described as broadband.

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Bletchley Park boffins start trailblazer EDSAC computer rebuild

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"It's not very fucking useful."

And yet, still more useful than your post.

There are a lot of good reasons for going back to first principles, not least of which is because it gives a better understanding of those principles. Considered in that light EDSAC-2015 is not a computer, it's a map. If the writing is in big letters and it only shows main roads, that's to help you read it better.

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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"This was a well-organized, professional scam committed to make a profit".

True, but for the amount of effort involved, I don't think $15000 is a good return on the MPAA's investment.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

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Unhappiness with station environment facility staff

It's always the way, isn't it? The younger generation misunderstood by the old.

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2012: A generation-spanning year for gaming

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Re: Ouya is an onomatopoeic name

Even at cost a Tegra 3 chipset alone costs $25. That's a quarter of the price gone already. I've seen industry experts stating that they think it will cost at least $77 for parts per unit, leaving $22 for manufacturing costs, staff wages, warehousing and shipping. And remember, this is not a Sony-sized company that can get rock bottom prices on everything or sell as a loss leader.

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Ouya is an onomatopoeic name

It will be the sound made by industry journalists when they finally realise it's vapourware.

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Dr Alex Moulton: 'An inspiration for generations of engineers'

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"First Patrick, now Alex...not a good week."

And to round it off the trilogy of 1960s icons, we just lost Ravi Shankar as well.

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Deputy PM: Rip up Snoop Charter, 'go back to the drawing board'

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"You've not needed it for the last 2000 years "

No, we didn't need a law to ensure security on the public internet (est. 1995) for the last 2000 years. By a bizarre coincidence, we also didn't need road safety laws before we invented cars.

Don't get me wrong, I agree completely that overly intrusive internet regulation must be avoided - but whack job logic like yours does not make it easier to persuade the typical member of the public who does not understand why it's a bad thing.

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Earthworm Jim

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"Last sexual encounter: TBC"

You meant "N/A".

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2012: an epoch-defining year for home entertainment

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Silly big TVs

The article forgot to mention Panasonic's 4k2k plasma TV, the TH-152UX1W. As those familiar with Panasonic's naming structure will know, it's a 152-inch screen with all the bells and whistles. For those of you who have walls that can accommodate a TV which is 13 feet along the diagonal, it's a snip at a mere £600,000.

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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

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"What does a company gain from not commenting"

Plenty. It's a certainty that every HDD maker is developing drives above 3TB, but they'll want to have as much time as possible to do R&D and reduce the failure rate. If the rumours are true, then by admitting it WD let their rivals know the window in which they can get their drives out first. If the rumours are false, then by admitting it WD give their rivals the opportuniy to say "Well Western Digital may not be able to do it to that timescale, but we can!"

By leaving everyone in the dark about their plans until they're good and ready to announce them, rival companies are deprived of the ability to plan their schedule based on WD's.

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

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"And us Australians know of the honorable Richard Face"

i can top that - I genuinely know of a man named Richard Head.

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LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

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"Downvoted for not spelling elicit correctly"

Hmmm - should I downvote you for not spelling "illicit" correctly?

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Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

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"More than enough of that judgemental bollocks"

I think we can say with certainty that post-op male-to-female transsexuals have had more than enough of bollocks, and are doing very well without.

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"Or, you know, not being a prejudiced caveman: 211.5 men, and 10.5 women."

Did you consider that some of the transsexuals may have been female-to-male?

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

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Re: Sandy Island = R'lyeh!!

That is not dead which can eternal lie

And with strange aeons, even this joke may die.

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Ten... PC games you may have missed

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Re: Star Citizen

From the guy who made Wing Commander and nothing good since, and the game has pay to win for Kickstarter backers only. Also, the last time Chris Roberts started up a studio was Digital Anvil. They announced four projects, two of which were never released and a third was released two years late with a lot of the promised features missing.

So yeah, look out for Star Citizen ... in 2016, and only if you've already bought it.

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"It's best described as a rogue-like space game."

FTL is best described as "a totally random mess". I remember a roguelike where you had something like a 1 in 100000 chance to die instantly every time you went down a level. Up that chance to 1 in 50 and you have FTL. Don't waste a penny on it.

The Binding of Isaac, on the other hand, is well worth its tiny price. It can also be infuriating sometimes when you hit a bad run for items or get some nasty room layouts, but the RNG factor is at least held to a reasonable level.

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LAST EVER British typewriter manufactured in Wales

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"When will you people get bored of typing that on every bloody thread?"

We may stop when Apple patents it.

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Police mirth after plastic plod puts out call for 'PC World'

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"Fixed it"

No, it still needs correction.

"No wonder guilty people Daily Mail readers get set free believe what it prints."

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Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

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"Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold."

You're a dead man, Vanni. I'm still scarred for life by that, since I discovered that you can put yourself into the chest in Bag End.

You see, if you climb into the chest then close it, the game very cleverly knows that it will be dark. Unfortunately, it being dark means you cannot see. So, despite being inside an unlocked chest, you can't get out again because you can't see it to open it. I spent far too long trying, and much if it went like this:

> THORIN, OPEN CHEST

Thorin ignores you.

> THORIN, OPEN CHEST

Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.

> THORIN, OPEN CHEST

Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.

In my next game, I discovered there is a very small chance that KILL THORIN will actually work.

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