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764 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

Dwarf galaxy yields up middle-sized black hole

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Re: Re: 290 Light Years Distant?

I just a whole galaxy. The whole thing!

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Cupertino to ban permissionless address book copying

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Paris Hilton

Re: Oh it's you

Here's a question for the ages: is there such a thing as an anonymous sock puppet?

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FCC hangs up on 4G broadband biz LightSquared

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Re: Re: For once, an FCC ruling with which I can agree...

In point of fact, this is not a case of bureaucrats interfering unnecessarily. This is a case of bureaucrats interfering exactly as they're supposed to, in order to prevent calamity and mayhem.

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HP gives sysadmins a little mobility

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Gimp

Excuse me . . .

. . . that's "made love."

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IBM: We do server flash already...

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No, no, no

This is all just so you can run Lotus Notes at speeds greater than a crawl.

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Barack Obama: Bland, predictable and cheesy ... on Spotify

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Meh

It was reported some time ago in a newspaper editorial that virtually every member of Congress listed "The Sound of Music" as his/her favorite movie. The commenter went on to note that is was a sad state of affairs that either this was an accurate survey or that the members of Congress thought that's what the electorate wanted to hear.

That said, it would have been awesome if there had been some tracks from $MyFavoriteIndieBandBeforeTheyTotallySoldOutAndWentMainstream.

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Iran draws veil over secure internet access

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Wait for it . . .

Cue the "Western governments are no better" comments in . . . dammit, too late.

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RIM's apps revolution swings on Blackberry 10

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Java

Write once, run anywhere . . . no wait, rewrite from the ground up for new platform.

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What's in the box, Windows sysadmin?

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Happy

In truth, I also have a foot in both worlds (multiple, actually, since I do a lot more than Windows, including both Linux and Unix), but I knew that there would be tiresome, predictable basement-dwelling Linux fanboy trollery afoot, so I decided to get in a preemptive strike.

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In before . . .

. . . the Linux geeks declaring the only tool they need to fix Windows is a Linux installation CD.

Good list, btw. Bookmarked.

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Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4

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This

I'm one of the few people to own a Zune HD, and a big part of the reason was that it came with 64 GB onboard for at least $100 cheaper than an iPod Touch with equivalent storage. For anyone with a sizable music library, especially one with high-resolution audio files, 32 GB is inadequate, although it's better than the 4-8 GB that seems standard with most other brands.

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Conclusive PROOF of human activity causing glacier to VANISH

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Alert

Better check his truck . . .

. . . for space herpes before impounding it.

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Adobe adds Flash sandboxing to Firefox

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Flash will protect Firefox by crashing. No, wait, that's the current behavior.

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Study links dimwits to conservative ideology

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I, for one . . .

. . . expect a series of well-considered and reasonable responses to this article.

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Hi, Matt

I just wanted to point out the fact that the article is about *tendencies*, not absolute guarantees of behavior. But you keep whacking that straw man until he falls over.

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Dead gamer sat unnoticed for nine hours in net cafe

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On the plus side, he was complimented by the other players in his game for the sudden improvement in his manners and demeanor!

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Reg hack cops a licking from the bosun's cat

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FAIL

Ahem

"The problem with smart phone spelling I've found lies with Android."

http://damnyouautocorrect.com would beg to disagree.

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Inventor flames Reg, HP in memristor brouhaha

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I'll say this for him . . .

. . . he may be opinionated, but at least he's an asshole about it.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine pirate caged

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Ooh, I've got one . . .

Manos: The Hands of Fate -- now available on Blu-Ray!

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Bah, humbug! Virgin Media censors Charles D**kens

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Torn

On the one hand, I hate censorship. On the other hand, I hate Dickens. I think my emotional state, overall, is one of schadenfreude.

I wonder how they handle the name of the author of many classic science fiction novels, Philip K. ****.

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Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

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Well, yeah, except that it gets redistributed to lawyers.

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Apple's Galaxy Tab ban was best advertising ever - Samsung

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No, no -- you're thinking of the "Samsung Galactic Gargle Tabster."

I'm going, I'm going . . .

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CERN: 'New physics starts now'

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Headmaster

s/complete/correct

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Nokia exec: Young fashonistas 'fed up' with iPhone

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Espoon!

Isn't that what The Tick would yell if he were Spanish?

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2011: annus horribilis for Microsoft and RIM

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Quite right

Instead of this report, I will instead place my faith in your anecdotal evidence, which I'm sure provides a much broader and more insightful perspective of the global smartphone market.

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Motorola parks tanks on Apple's German lawn

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I don't have any comment about the Apple vs. Motorola case; I just came in here to rant angrily about the mention of Florian Mueller.

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Solar winds are blowing away the Moon's topsoil - NASA

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<Pedantic comment about how it's impossible to grow anything on the moon due to the absence of water and oxygen which totally misses that the previous comment was a joke.>

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Oracle whips out Solaris 11 system lasher

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No more Veritas? NO MORE VERITAS?

Good.

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Java tops for hackers, warns Microsoft

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Sounds good. Why don't you go out and get all those vendors to cooperate with such a plan? I'll wait, but I won't hold my breath.

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Boffin's bot spots red light jumpers before they kill

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Pre-crime. The software is trying to identify people who *actually* are going to run the light, and some people run red lights accidentally. Thoughtcrime would be catching them if they thought about running it, whether or not they actually did.

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Stop

Yes, because lord knows those fucking things don't cause traffic problems.

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Windows

I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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Apple files avatar automation, emotion patents

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Stop

Sooooo . . .

. . . are you trying to support the laughable assertion that this patent is not, in fact, covered by prior art?

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Boffing boffins create 3D map of orgasmic female brain

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

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Missing the obvious

I see that Facebook haven't banned Belgium, so their profanity filters are clearly deficient.

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Apache: Old, out of touch, but worth it...

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You can't fight the man if you use the man's infrastructure, man.

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Apple killer app Siri struggles with Indian regional accents

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You forgot

"Sent from my iPhone"

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Rock star physicist Cox: Neutrinos won't help us cheat time

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To recap about half of this thread . . .

"I know nothing about science whatsoever, but here's why learned physicists are wrong!"

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US quakes before MENACING TURKEYS, snow globes

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Deep-frying the turkey is significantly faster and seals in the moisture. The only disadvantage I can think of is that you can't really make stuffing with a fried turkey.

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No, no, no. We only deep fry them, we don't stuff them with pizza, chocolate bars, haggis, or anything else first.

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Boffin's wall of BEES shields farms from stampeding elephants

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One word

More bees.

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The top five spam subjects sullying inboxes

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I blame Microsoft

No particular reason--it just seems the thing to do.

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Nuclear power will let NASA Mars rover beat 1970s Soviet record

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Idaho?

Are you sure it's not powered by potatoes?

Mine's the one with the Yukon Golds in the pockets.

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Punters hate copyright, says Steelie Neelie

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Ahem

This is a UK site. If they want to pronounce "Neelie" with a long "e" sound, they're welcome to do so, just like they pronounce "pasta" with a short "a," "pass" to rhyme with "arse," and "Hermione" to vaguely rhyme with "calliope," they're welcome to do so. The British have been butchering the interpretation of others' languages for years (see also: Rangoon, Peking, etc.).

Don't worry, you'll get over it.

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Mysterious sat-pic China desert markings - EXPLAINED

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Clearly . . .

"Speaking as somebody who's been working his very testicles off for the last month without a break"

. . . you've gone mad from overwork, because nothing you posted actually makes the least amount of goddamn sense.

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DARPA boffins develop unfeasibly light metal fluff-structure

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Thinking small

I'm curious about how strong this stuff is. Would it be possible to make airplanes or rockets partially or completely out of it or some analog?

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Obama says his birthplace is 'in Asia'

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Idiot

Kenya is in Africa, not Asia.

In case you miss the icon: I. AM. JOKING.

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New human-brain chip can be adjusted for cannabis effect

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Simultaneity

"When this happens, your brain remembers to do things, like duck a punch or keep your heart beating. (Often at the same time.)"

Initially read that as "punch a duck" and was forced to wonder what kind of activities Reg hacks get up to in their off-hours.

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Fedora 16: A GNOME lover's paradise

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This just in . . .

. . . many modern computer users do enjoy using the GUI for many common tasks!

Ric Romero has more at 11.

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Virtualisation: just a lot of extra software licences?

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This

Redundancy also makes no sense for any organization that is cost-conscious, by your friend's argument. Why spend that extra money on additional power supplies, cluster failover, etc. when you can just have everything in one box?

Back in the real world, properly-implemented virtualization allows for tremendous flexibility with less management overhead per physical device. It arguably requires greater up-front implementation costs and effort than a single box does, but it pays off in the long run for most shops.

As I've commented elsewhere, if you're not implementing virtualization, you're probably doing something wrong.

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