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* Posts by web_bod

48 posts • joined 12 Aug 2010

Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

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Alien

ET Game

Is there a technique for getting out of the hole?

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Who's who: 12th Doctor has been chosen, will meet you on Sunday night

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Coat

I hope he has breasts

- women can be doctors too, it's just everybody will refer to him as he - otherwise it will get all wibbly.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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Watch the news clip - it looks pretty weather ballooney too me, the payload looks a bit battered though.

I guess "package", "wires" and "strange noises" flagged it as a possible bomb.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Teleportation could open up a can of legal worms : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lintilla_(clone)#Lintilla

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Linux

Body Swapping

Did you just photoshop your head onto that tux - or is that your standard pose?

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Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are WAY more fun

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Headmaster

Re: Or...

The price would round up - from $2.45 to $2.50, but you can only buy a full cup so, 610000/2.45 ≈ 248979

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

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WTF?

Is this *actual* news - as in currently happening in2012?

Who uses Gifs nowadays and what happened to bring them to the attention of the OED?

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Apostrophe’s cause problem’s in e-health system’s

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Coat

cue Dr Bobby Tables

yeah yeah - coat please!

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Transit of Venus, live-ish from Australia

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Happy

Ha Ha! I saw it!

The clouds finally cleared just in time to catch the last couple of minutes of it - back to bed :)

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Facepalm

better than nothing

I'm not too fussed about breaks in the feeds am just happy to be able to see anything - it looks like the weather in Coventry will be shite in the morning.

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Culture jammers connect Lego clones with 3D printer files

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Coat

F.U.C.K

Build it an they will cum

yeah, that's mine, the mac with the tissues in the top pocket - cheers!

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Analogue switch-off hits London today

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Coat

Farewell, snow-filled pictures

fat chance it's Easter - haven't you seen the forecast?

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

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Flame

I had to go and have a lie down half way through reading this - really lost my rag - feckin' April fools shite should carry a health warning.

Well done though - b**ds!

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O2 3G stops giving punters' mobile numbers to websites

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Thumb Up

At least they listen

Not saying that it shouldn't have happened, but at least they took action.

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O2 leaks 3G users' mobile numbers to every website visited

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Facepalm

"All our testing happens on the live server"

Developer stupidity

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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

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Thumb Up

Oi Google when was that news?

May 2007 - http://www.trektoday.com/news/310503_03.shtml

I guess the sale fell through.

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

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Facepalm

Urine powered games

http://bit.ly/xpyGBN <- Sega debuts the urine powered TOYLET...

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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

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Coat

Meh they're just Nomads

Bit of a turn-up having the natives trading beads for something useful.

But it's not as if they're going to rush down to Phones4U and snaffle an iPad is it? besides they've been trading in meteorites for millennia, I'm sure they know what they are doing.

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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

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Pint

Who's up for a Pub Quiz?

If we time it right we can hit a few and clean-up Mwhahahahahaha!

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Cupertino lawyers mull 'driPhone' name ban

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Facepalm

Hyphenate it properly

Drip-hone - there you go, problem solved

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Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

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Megaphone

Marketing Dept is at the BBC

Auntie loves them apples

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Four illegal ways to sort out the Euro finance crisis

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Childcatcher

down with rates

What would be the consequences of scrapping the idea of a 'national' interest rate - wouldn't local rates encourage money to slosh around between the regions - or is that the idea - to stop speculation at the expense of regional economies?

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Apple paid $2.6bn of $4.5bn Nortel patent grab

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Flame

not so clever now

""The bidding process, as reported by Reuters, was at times surreal, with Google making bids based upon such mathematical concepts as Brun's constant, the Meissel-Mertens constant, and even pi – one Google bid was, yes, $3.14159bn."

I hope Apple & co sue the arse off them - Google need to grow-up

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19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'

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Facepalm

Missing the point about pricing

Most people don't have a problem with the current set-up:

Imagine two researchers at different points in their work; A is carrying out a literature review and only needs to skim through the paper, B is experiencing a problem that the methodology described in the paper could solve.

How much is the paper worth to A? - it's only one of many - so probably pennines. For B the paper is essential, so they'd probably pay through the nose for it.

A is an undergrad and they can access the material through their University library at minimal personal cost - the University pays a subscription to access the archive, not a per document fee. B works for a pharamaceutical business and his research budget will cover the cost.

A and B would both prefer not to have to pay to read the paper, but considering the cost/benefits they are probably happy enough with the prices they are presented with.

The price of an article from a journal doesn't reflect its value - you can't easily put a dollar amount on knowledge, when prices stop reflecting demand/value there's usually another reason for them.

With a lot of publications you can get unrestricted access to their archive when you take out a longer term subscription - Newspapers do this a lot.

Now consider C - he's interested in the paper for personal reasons - he's not a member of a University and doesn't have a multi-million pound budget. To him $15 to read a paper seems grossly unfair, especially when it would only cost $120 a year to subscribe to the Journal - getting access to everything they've already published for free.

The $15 re-print fee in this case acts as an anchor to make the annual subscription look more attractive.

Journals use re-prints as a marketing tool to sell subscriptions, not as a direct source of income.

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WTF?

Expertly curated collctions of data 1.0

"Off the top of my head, Properly organised and index the papers, with related papers grouped and linked together with summaries of how things have changed over the years. Access to experts to ask questions about the research would be highly also desirable."

- I don't know about you, but where I live we call those places libraries, they have professionals who can help you make sense of all of the information and in most cases they'll lend it to you for free.

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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Paris Hilton

Pr0n sites for Slabfondlers?

They've got to be looking at something?

(I'm sure Paris fondled a few slabs in her time)

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Facepalm

re: No! It Cannot be

@Phormic you say: "But...but...but...it's just a big iPod Touch! It's just a fad! My netbook can do so much more! It's just marketing, it just spin, I give it six months tops, it's, it's, IT'S...brain explodes..."

Do you not think that the figures back up the idea that "My netbook can do so much more!", it looks like *all* anybody uses them for is mobile gaming or web browsing - I run Visual studio on my Netbook - it runs like a dog, it's not going to get me laid, but it gets the job done.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Pint

Ms Bee you're a treasure

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2010/12/07/new_facebook_revamp_privacy_concerns/

Mortal : Same deal here. Little wife likes her FB - had to isolate her laptop from the rest of the family network. A nice quiet, safe, FB sandbox to muck up.

Moderatrix : If you were my husband and you referred to me as 'little wife' I would make you a nice quiet, safe, deep sandbox for you to lie very still in.

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Gov 'skunkworks' to develop e-petitions system

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Devil

http://blog.alpha.gov.uk/team

"What happens when you sit a small team of people in a room in South London for 14 weeks and ask them to create something? If it’s these people, it would be Alpha.gov.uk!" - what a pile of back slapping 2.0 gob shites.

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iPhones secretly track 'scary amount' of your movements

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WTF?

It's all relative

Sorry to state the bleeding obvious - but you've identified a bunch of keys defined one table - wouldn't that suggest that the data might be linked to information held in other tables?

Perhaps phone keeps a unique record of the location of each hotspot/tower and also has a table (with one entry per second) referencing them - you know, some kind of a log - so when you use the two together you can generate a detailed mapping of the phones location over time.

I think we used to call those kinds of things relational databases.

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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

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WTF?

@AC?

You're not a Creationist by any chance are you?

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MySQL.com hacked via... SQL injection vuln

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Badgers

Hashed salty hash

We cache the hash of the hash of the encrypted salted input, unhashing the cached hash gives you a hash, unhashing that hash gives you an encypted string, decoding that gives you the salted input, but our salt is a method not a constant, so you need the secret recipe.

All this to protect frickin' car insurance quotes.

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Judge to music industry: 'Worth trillions? Forget it'

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Boffin

octal 65 (or 145 depending on your point of view)

You wouldn't get 8 or 9 on an octal calculator, only 0 - 7 alá:

0 + 1 = 1; 1 + 1 = 2; 2 + 1 = 3; 3 + 1 = 4; 4 + 1 = 5; 5 + 1 = 6; 6 + 1 = 7; 7 + 1 = 10; 10 + 1 = 11; 11 + 1 = 12; 12 + 1 = 13; 13 + 1 = 14; 14 + 1 = 15; 15 + 1 = 16; 16 + 1 = 17 + 1 = 20, etc.

Is it possible to have octimals? (icon applies to question)

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Queen set to outlaw ID cards today

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FAIL

'ey up it's the Daily Mail!

Shouldn't you be warning people about the Cancer risk posed by Christmas trees or something?

I have a right to my privacy regardless of my actions or intents.

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WikiLeaks' Assange to be indicted for spying 'soon'

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Grenade

Hand him over or else...

Anybody else think the timing of the "terrorist" attack in Stockholm is a little bit too convenient ?

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Google Voice brings expectation management to Santa 2.0

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Unhappy

not nearly that clever

Sadly no, all the names seem to be pre-recorded :\ - unlike the rather excellent Tom Baker sex pest service from BT.

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Massive online database of bird calls unveiled

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Linux

lesser spotted

Ms Bee aside does El Reg attract many women readers?

[Tux - 'cause it's all about the birds]

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Blighty's kids nosedive down global reading, maths rankings

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Flame

Disgraceful performance

The Irish results are embarrassing - one of the highest GDPs in World and over 20% of boys fail to meet the OECD averages - guess national pride is just another thing money can't buy.

As for the "respect and value our youth" bollox - they're over-fed, over-privileged and under-achieving - a feckless shower of wannabies.

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Popular sites caught sniffing user browser history

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WTF?

there are never good reasons to "experiment" with your details when buying car insurance

RE: AC :: Not a good predicator of fraud

I think you miss the point, when we detected a lot of fudging we'd route them through to a call centre, the operator would have a full set of all the changes on the screen - a couple of polite challenges was enough to get them to crack - we had one "20 year old county court judge" who turned out to be a law student and a woman who'd found that the carpark in her local Sommerfield was in a cheaper postcode and was effectively live in the superstore.

The only reason for lying on an insurance application is to lower the premium or to get cover that you're not eligible for - there is a concept "utmost good faith" that inusrers fall back on when you come to make a claim - our system simply ensured that iffy drivers paid a fair price for cover and that most people were actually getting the cover that they were paing for.

It's simple you can lie to get a cheap premium, but your lies will be uncovered when you make a claim and the insurer is perfectly entitled to walk away and trouser any money you've paid them.

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Heart

mouse tracking

mouse tracking is awesome when your marketing director won't listen - we were able to use it to boost conversions on our insurance site by 30% - you could re-play their interactions with the page and it helped us detect a lot more fraudulent policies - you could watch them weighing up the risks to get the best quote - one guy must have run through his entire family trying to find the cheapest postcode to live in.

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Judge puts Assange behind bars ahead of extradition hearing

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Alert

mind your step!

wonder if he'll enounter many flights of stairs - I hear they can be treacherous

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Facebook revamp gives away even more info, warn pros

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Grenade

101 things to do in a paper bag!

Big deal, I list my interests as architecture, it, ice hockey and paper-bagging* - so what if some body is going to try to flog me Eiffel tower shaped memory sticks in paper bags festooned with red wings logos that double as sex toys (the bags not the logos or sticks) - I am a big boy now, I am not afraid to completely ignore the ad, delete the message, tune my spam filter, say no or to invite my entire network to click the crap out of the ad until it goes away.

*never done it, but it sounded interesting - hence an interest!

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Google's Microsoft browser outlives Wave nonsense

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Flame

You're not developers

I wish the web2.0rhea crowd would stop calling themselves programmers and developers - they're not - if they're struggling with two different browsers then they're just glorified typists. There are IDE's and Frameworks that happily abstract much of the differences away from the end user, in the real world most people couldn't care less if the content renders slightly differently between browsers, as long as the content is interesting and useful they rarely notice the rest of the page.

If a lot of people use IE6 and another large group are using IE7 or IE8 then why don't you pitch your work at the group representing three quarters of the marketplace first? Deliver a standards complient site that works across the board.

If you're whinging because you can't implement the design properly, then grow some balls and tell the designer there is a problem - simple - you just collaborate with them to find a solution. If you really have to, then the rounded-transparency-wooshy shite should be tacked on at the end.

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Scottish iSchool goes 100% iPad

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Flame

YouTube in t' classroom

1000lbs Thermite Vs SUV http://bit.ly/bklAyi

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Texan cooks up deep-fried Guinness

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Paris Hilton

Oi! Google: What's in a Texas Fried Frito Pie?

According to : http://www.texasfriedfritopie.com/faqs.htm

"Well the Second Place Goat can't reveal any secret ingredients, but just think of all the great stuff in chili pie, then put it in a ball and fry it! Once you bite into it you get the crunch, then the chili and cheese, along with some of the messiness that a delicious traditional Fair food entails..."

But on the home page the goat gives the game away:

"Texas fried frito pie is the best use of coupons ever"

So there you have it, nothing but vouchers and Nectar points.

(Paris: well she looks like she could do with fattening up).

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Microsoft douses VMware with cold cloud shower

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Coat

Bet there's an App for that...

... and so there is: http://bit.ly/RLv8

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CEOP claims success for Facebook 'panic button'

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Coat

impressive

0.0008115384615384651% W00t!

Mines the one with iffy calculator in the pocket.

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