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40 posts • joined 6 Aug 2010

D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Re: I think I know what's up

@stizzleswick

Maybe that's the problem: it can't do the calculations while you're looking at it.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: There's such a stark parallel...

Not that you might have a point - but put me in both camps.

My apologies to all for feeding the troll.

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

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Re: Bad Press; A run on the Bank; The herd rules.

"It has no basis in actual value and never will. It's worth what the herd says its worth through their behavior."

You mean just like the paper in your pocket?

...or stocks and shares?

...or gold, for that matter?

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I had wondered why MtGox's prices were always MUCH higher than other exchanges - Now I know.

Thanks!

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Re: OSs?

I agree with the AC's first point. The title of the article promised me 5 fast OSes.

1 x Windows + 4 x Linux /= 5 OS

I am sadly disappointed.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re: OpenVMS is still supported

For now, but the end is coming...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/10/openvms_death_notice/

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Headmaster

Re: "disorientated"

@AC

Disorientated is currently correct in English.

Disoriented is the American English variant.

However, when the soon-to-be Americans left our soil for lands free of imposed religion, we - in old English - also used the word "disoriented". It is us, the English, that are at odds for changing the word when the Americans retained the original.

I blame the French!

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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Re: Hilarious

@h3

You can't prove that something doesn't exist.

You can only provide a theory of prediction which can be tested and proven with a level of certainty; something the opposition has yet failed to do.

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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@ Thomas 4

Mmmmmh

Back bacon

<drools>

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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Re: WTF is it with Brits and Open Plan?

Dilbert has a lot to answer for.

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Re: Matte will rise again

I think the OP is misguided here; there's a big difference between looking AT something underneath a matte screen (where the focal point is very close to the screen) and trying to see THROUGH a screen to the end of the road...

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Tubs

I also want the choice of a 4:3 or 5:4 screen, too, not this widescreen b****cks that's only of any use to people wanting to watch films!

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Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

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More scammers at work

Isn't this the same technique scamsters use to get money out of the naive and elderly...

...you can't have time to think about it, you must sign up NOW!!!

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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Maybe the old joke about a firewall on your NetBSD toaster isn't as ridiculous as we thought...

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

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Re: Well, I would hardly call selling coffee

Are they selling to themselves, or are they franchises?

Sounds to me like the brand makes all the money while the UK shop owners get stiffed.

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Obama win may mean NASA 'nauts to Deep Space as soon as 2021

Tubs

There was a race with the Russians to get to the moon first.

Now it's a "first to build a moon base" race against the Chinese.

All the mistakes that were made twice 'coz nobody wanted to give secrets to the other side... and it's going to happen all over again.

What did that Tim Burton movie say?

"Why can't we all just get along?"

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Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

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Trollface

Re: Buried in the news

I'm glad you added 'calendar' to that sentence.

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Axe falls on Directgov as GOV.UK launches

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How much?

How can a website cost £70m less than the previous one?

Are they using 2000 less programmers?

If that is the case, how much are they spending on the new one?

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Anonymous turns on 'one man Julian Assange show' Wikileaks

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Re: Challenge

@AC

They DO have a right to everything. Just because we are less oppressed than the Chinese doesn't mean we should be jumping for joy with our situation. It's one of the reasons we are so complacent with our lot; we can always look at China and say "we mustn't complain, they've got it worse than us".

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Re: Challange

"governments that allow them the freedoms"

That sounds like an oxymoron to me.

Time to take the red pill.

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Tesla drops veil on TOP SECRET solar Superchargers

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What would the UK Government do if people stopped paying 60% fuel tax and got their car power for free?

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Anonymous hunts down Voldemort for hacking hungry kids' charity

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Headmaster

This could be interesting to watch

It may be the first time that anarchy has been tried in the modern world.

Let's see if Anonymous still exist in their present state in 10 or 20 years, or if there are many fractured sub-Anons in existence, as they don't get along together...

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Happy

Re: You can see this in films too

"That's a bit like setting something in "London", but catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the background..."

That must be Blackpool Tower, silly...

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Tubs

There are a few comments here that US TV is drawn out beyond belief, and I have to concur on most counts; the US have been producing hour-long shows with no content except for the cliffhanger at the end since the sixties.

One of the oddities (for me at least) at the moment is Prime Suspect USA; this suffers from the opposite problem. They've taken a two-hour show and diluted it so there is no fleshing-out of characters. The storyline finishes just as it should be getting going!

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LCD to have killed all* other TV technologies by 2016

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Re: Digital haze - no thanks

I'm still happily on CRT.

I don't agree with the 'haze' comment, but I do think CRT does textures and tonality far better than LCD. LCD seems to lack subtlety somehow.

It could I suppose be down to the average modern idiot who doesn't like TV looking natural, but instead prefers high contrast over-saturated images; and yes, that includes most of my friends and relations, too!

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That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it

Tubs

Have you heard...

...there's going to be a new driving test.

Once you pass it you can only drive Fords.

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

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@Dave 126

There are quite a few on this poll that I think are good films.

As far as your remake offerings are concerned, Alien 4 works for me, but I like Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films anyway. It's Alien 3 that is truly a mess.

AVP, which is a silly concept at best was actually a far better film than I was expecting.

Each to their own, I guess.

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Alcohol DOUBLES LIFESPAN, helps resist stress

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Chocolate is another toxin they keep trying to say is good for you...

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Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

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Headmaster

@ Alan Smithie

FYI, the plural of 'box' is 'boxes'.

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Tubs

Off-topic, but...

I'm a little concerned about the posters here that admit to downloading a copy of Windows off the web to install on their friends/customers machines, even with a valid licence key.

How do you know there's no rootkit/malware embedded on those disks? They could easily be encoded so as not to be spotted by any AV, etc. added after the install.

...and you're giving them to folk who can't even make a recovery disk by themselves?

No wonder 'sploits are rife.

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'Ghost hunter' set to become Tory Euro-MP

Tubs

Obviously a complete knob.

He'll fit in perfectly well with the other political candidates.

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Half of Whitehall's websites axed in a year

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Facepalm

Last time I looked, many of the sites were hosted in the U.S.

No wonder the country is broke.

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IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'

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Dead my a***

I'm still using vacuum tubes, vinyl records, CRTs and incandescent light bulbs; and have no intention of giving them up any time soon!

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Peaches Geldof explains Kubrick's 2001

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Devil

Re: Irony

In a US dictionary, irony = sarcasm.

So no, they don't do irony.

Or were you being sarcastic?

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Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud

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Flame

The New World

Sounds like you're a fashion victim to me.

Spending your hard earned on something new because it looks pretty, not because it does anything more useful than what you have already?

Still, it's your choice.

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Stop

Silly Steve

Problem is, XP users are more likely to upgrade to Win 7 instead.

I don't see how helping M$ sell copies of 7 will do Apple any favours?

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Man nabbed nude pics from women's email accounts

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Not Quite

This is more akin to leaving a car running with £1,000,000 on the back seat.

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Ditch the malware magnet

Tubs

Re: Jake

Sorry about the double post, the Mods took a while to release the first and I got impatient.

You are correct about "read-only documents". Modifications can usually be spotted, but that's not the direction I meant the discussion to go.

What I mean is: Why do companies send out 'informational' documents in a format that can only be read in an editor after a 200MB download, when all I need to be sent is a pdf that I can open with a 15MB reader?

What other formats can be used (except plain text) ;-) to accomplish the same goals? There's no need to add multimedia, that's just stupid and is probably the cause of a lot of the vulns. For 'universal' nicely-typeset docs, what options are there?

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I'm Curious

Please give some examples of alternatives for read-only, pretty-much OS agnostic documents?

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Tubs

I'll take the bait...

OK then, name another product that allows creation of read-only documents that can be read on virtually any OS without having to do a 200MB download first...?

I'm curious as to how many "something else"s there are out there...

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