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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

Badvok

"Ownership of Apple products once indicated a top 5% IQ."

Nope, ownership of Apple products has never been any sort of indicator of IQ, it did indicate a number of other things though, and still does.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

Badvok

Re: Osgood and Missy are not entirely "dead"

"The death can always be fixed in a hamfitted [sic] manner, as per usual."

Or you know, they could use something totally off-the-wall for Dr. Who, like, I dunno, perhaps time-travel?

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

Badvok
Boffin

Plastic + Adhesive + Ceramic = Composite = Strength of Steel

When they start increasing the resolution of the printers and allowing the mixing of ceramics with adhesives and plastics then we can start worrying: see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071004143114.htm

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Badvok

Re: Dear Sony.

Can't find a Nexus 5 to buy anywhere? Well you need to actually look and then you'll find it.

However, Google itself is apparently running down the stock since they've recently started selling their new handset - the Nexus 6 in case you haven't heard - just like the 5 replaced the 4.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

Badvok

"In case you're unaware, the Nokia 5030 XpressRadio works fine without headphones or anything 'extended'..."

You must have done a lot of searching to find that one, it wasn't widely available even back when it was released. The manual also states: "You may need a compatible headset for better reception of radio signals."

You just can't fit a proper FM antenna inside something as small as a phone, here is a handy guide: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-FM-Antenna

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Badvok

"I'd be a lot happier with a builtin FM radio that worked without demanding I use wired headphones so it can use the cable as an aerial."

What do you suggest they use for an antenna instead then? Or do you want a phone with a fancy chrome extending antenna? Maybe one that automatically extends when you turn the radio on, like on cars from the 80s?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Badvok

Re: Only unlicked devices should ever be allowed....

"Devices should be free and unllocked [sic]"

Yep, if they were all free then there'd be no point locking them, it is only while the device is subsidised by or is still partly owned by the network that locking makes business and common sense.

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Badvok
WTF?

I'm a little confused, since when did Google mention a push towards the Soft SIM? I thought this was always just an Apple thing. Maybe internally Google might be interested in doing it but I don't think I've ever seen them openly advocate it as an option.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Badvok

Re: God this episode was crap

" If the creature stayed within the bounds of the moon then the centre of gravity would also stay within the moon."

So in your view, if you were to glue a metal ball bearing inside the surface of a beach ball then that beach ball wouldn't be unbalanced? You are right in that the centre of gravity is important, you just don't understand that if one part of an object is more dense than another it does move the centre of gravity and hence alter the gravitational effect. This is apparent on the earth where some parts of the crust are thicker or more dense and hence the acceleration due to gravity is different depending on where you are.

"Except the moon hadn't been putting on mass over time it had suddenly put on mass since the gravitational effect on earth was a rapid change rather than something people had had time to adapt to over millenia."

It was only a suggestion for one possibility, perhaps the moon had been accumulating the energy over its lifetime (4.5 billion years) and only started converting it to matter recently, or maybe the rate of matter generation had increased, or maybe it got the energy/matter from another dimension? My point is that only stupid people dismiss things as impossible without even considering any of the infinite number of possibilities.

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Badvok

Re: God this episode was crap

"1st issue as other pointed out they are on a shuttle in space, and have gravity prior to getting near the moon..."

Err, unless you expected the shuttle to land safely on the moon whilst travelling at the speed it would need to get there in less than a human lifetime I guess there would be a need for some degree of acceleration, say 1g, to slow it down.

"The shuttle has nukes... The question is WHY?"

To halt any further changes, the explosion would kill/destroy whatever was causing the changes but no it wouldn't change the mass, that would still be in orbit, hence minimising the negative effects.

"They complained how the extra mass was causing issues... but like others said making kentucky fried dragon would magically change its mass?"

Matter = Energy from f***ing big nuclear furnace in the sky.

"Also how was that slight increase in mass adding full earth gravity to the moon?"

It wasn't adding it to the whole moon, when the super-dense 'chicken' moved away from directly under the base gravity totally disappeared.

"One other thing on the nukes how did they magically know they had enough nukes to even hurt it?"

They didn't, that was simply a comment on the typical human reaction covered in numerous places - we don't understand it = nuke it!

"Then there was the issue I had with the annoying school girl... Why in the world did she have a spray bottle of disinfectant? Was that actually ever explained?"

Yes, she was cleaning.

"Hell even the spray bottle not working later on theoretically as the best I can figure out when Clara needed it while on the moon surface it should still work as a ball valve pulls the water liquid up... just the contents should have boiled out due to how liquids act in a vacuum, but this should have happened by the time it was 1st pulled out though as it was already exposed to space. But instead the Dr says no air..."

Depends on the bottle, not all are the same!

"Why did the shell vaporize?"

It didn't, it just turned to dust ready to be reintegrated into a shell for the next hatching.

"How does something newly born reproduce asexually, and lay an egg bigger then it"

Lots of things reproduce asexually that is hardly unusual. The new egg is just a shell that then accumulates mass from direct energy conversion over time.

I'm not saying all those are the 'right' answers but they do show that it doesn't take much thought to come up with something if you can be bothered to and don't always expect to be spoon fed.

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Badvok

This review shows a greater misunderstanding of humanity and science that any episode of Dr Who ever has. A few pointers:

Re: "no-astronauts-and-no-spaceships", in the real world we last put a human on the moon in 1972 and yes of course we still have the rockets and facilities available to go back there at short notice - not!

Re: "DIDN’T SHOW THEM HOW TO PRIME THE NUKES" - Eh? Where did that come from? It was a simple switch as Henry was told - not exactly rocket science.

Re: 1.3 billion tons, yep, but this was the creature itself, when it moved away from directly under the base the kid floated up. The rest of the moon was just an empty shell.

Re: Gained weight? Well I'd expect a creature that lives in the voids of space itself to accumulate mass from energy rather than anything mundane like eating matter. Basic science tip matter = energy.

Re: Mass gain is not enough to affect earth - this is plain rubbish. An extra 1.3 billion tons in a lunar orbit would certainly have an effect.

Re: Blowing it to bits would be pointless - nope, blowing it to bits would stop any further increase in weight and allow systems to settle back into regular cycles.

And those are just a few of the simplest answers I can come up with in 2 minutes to the apparently unanswerable questions the reviewer and others have raised here. They may not be right but calling something rubbish simply because you don't understand someone else's reasoning is far, far worse.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

Badvok
WTF?

Re: I concur

"You can renew your car tax for up to 4 weeks before the renewal date, so there is no excuse for leaving it till the last day."

WTF? I can't believe there are people who would actually want to pay tax early! I always leave it until the last day, I want the interest, I don't see why the government should have it.

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Apple slaps a passcode lock on iOS 8 devices, but cops can still inhale your iCloud

Badvok

Re: surely the lesson here is...

Surely you mean: "don't use the cloud for secrets."

Not sure why you quote mark the word secrets in your comment but I'm guessing you do actually realise that 99.999999% of the stuff people store in the cloud isn't really secret stuff that anyone other than the parties involved would be at all interested in.

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Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

Badvok

Re: Size of Key Space?

"What am I missing this time?"

The PIN is simply the passphrase to unlock the actual key. I assume you're not familiar with using secure keys.

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Badvok

This isn't about cloud services, it is about data that is solely on the device. Encrypted data is not available to Google unless you explicitly give it to them by using their off-device services.

Also perhaps worth noting that Android has supported full encryption of all user data on the device since version 3.0.

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

Badvok

Re: Pet password hates

Hmm, hundreds of passwords? Why?

I use the same brief password for all those online crap sites that expect me to register but I couldn't really give a <bleep> <bleep> whether anyone accesses their site with my credentials. I therefore have only a few 'proper' passwords to remember.

For example, is your identity on 'The Register' so sacred that you'd be really upset if someone posted something as you? Perhaps for some. Or is it really important that someone else can log into BuyAnyOldTat.com and have it automatically populate the address details with yours or perhaps see what you bought last time? (Though obviously there may be some sites where you really don't want people knowing what you've been buying - naughty, naughty.) I even don't mind if someone logs onto my energy supplier and pays the bill on my behalf.

So long as there is no harm that can be done to you why bother going to much length to protect the access? Assess the risks, the possible consequences and choose a password appropriately.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Badvok

Re: I'm a slob...

Or even worse - the dreaded bobby pin!

Having two girls leaving these things laying around has made me spend far too much time extracting mangled bits of metal from hoovers.

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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

Badvok
FAIL

Re: Patch cycle

"My Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet is still on Android 4.4.3"

You do know that it needs to be connected to the Internet to update don't you?

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

Badvok

Re: Promises

"Tell that to Margaret Thatcher and the Community Charge, introduced into Scotland a year early as an experiment."

You might want to re-think your argument after a little research. The Community Charge was a change in the way an existing tax (rates) was calculated and collected, not a new tax.

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Badvok
Mushroom

Re: Realism

Loving the way everyone seems to round-up the proportionate share for Scotland to 10%. If it was done on population I think it would be about 8%, but I wonder what it would be if you counted people who actually paid the license fee.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

Badvok
Mushroom

Re: Why bother?

Oooh, look at you, you don't really care about spending £90 per month on electricity. Maybe you should wake up, take a look around you and notice that some people struggle to find that amount of money for food.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Badvok

Re: aware of the benefits of 4K

@"No, I will not fix your computer"

"You're almost definitely wrong, and let me explain why, as this is simple physics/biology."

Ah, yes the old, "can't see the pixels argument" - who on earth wants to see individual pixels? It is the visual effect that gets better with higher definition. The real world is made up of curves and angles and these appear better/clearer/sharper if the display doesn't need to anti-alias them. Higher definition means less anti-aliasing = better clarity.

However, if you really are one of those people who likes to look at all the pretty individual pixels then your argument is sound.

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Badvok

Re: aware of the benefits of 4K

"The BBC recommended viewing distance for UHD 1 ("4K"), for maximum visual resolution, is 1.5x screen height."

And the BBC isn't biased in this having position at all, no sir, no way is it concerned about limiting the cost of bandwidth required to carry UHD signals and justifying the level of compression it will use like it did for HD.

Actually the calculation is based on being able to differentiate between two vertical lines separated by a single pixel and is pretty much correct in that respect. However, I don't tend to watch many TV programmes or movies that comprise only vertical and horizontal lines. It requires a much higher resolution to accurately reproduce a 30° inclined, or curved edge, without visible anti-aliasing.

(FYI, this is also why smartphone screens have gone beyond Apple's 'retina' limit which was based on the same miscalculation.)

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Badvok

Re: aware of the benefits of 4K

"1) Unless you are sitting about 2m from a 84" screen (4m from 160") or larger there is little point in more resolution."

Speak for your(visually challenged)self, I am lucky that I have vision within the normal range for humans and so can see a difference at much greater distance than that. Perhaps you actually need to a) get your eyes tested, or b) actually go see a 4K screen showing 4K content.

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

Badvok
WTF?

1200 devices supported - WTF?

Anyone care to have a go at enumerating that list? No wonder they haven't got around to supporting the Xbox One yet.

On the other hand this might indicate a significant flaw in their system because it might mean that there is a completely separate software to support each version of Android on each different handset!

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

Badvok

Re: Maybe we could get a consensus

"but you can't deny that there's more *news stories* about extreme weather"

That might be because one of the largest news providers to us in the UK has openly committed itself to supporting the Global Warming/Cassandra/Chicken Little agenda. It is one of the few issues on which the BBC admits to a bias.

This has led to vastly more extensive coverage of recent flooding even though the amount of land or number of homes affected was significantly smaller than previous events.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

Badvok

Google has yet to respond to our request for comment on Zscaler's research.

Err, I think they already did - it's called Android L I believe.

Though with the speed that new versions of Android actually make it into real use we'll be stuck with a crappy permission system for some time yet.

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Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers

Badvok

Re: Analogy defect!

"Errr, what? So you're saying that TOR was designed to allow people to post naked pics of others anonymously?"

Wasn't it? You didn't actually fall for all that 'freedom of speech' guff did you?

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Badvok

Analogy defect!

Yeah, if Ford produced the car used with the specific intention of providing people a means to run other people over anonymously.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

Badvok
FAIL

Re: Bell Labs GaAs modem from 1960s

@AC: The first transatlantic telegraph cables didn't have repeaters - check your facts! Triple fail!

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Badvok
FAIL

Re: Bell Labs GaAs modem from 1960s

@JeffyPoohPooh - I guess you also missed the bit of history (or very selective memory?) where they laid the first transatlantic telegraph cables, these didn't have repeaters, yes they failed pretty quickly but communication was established. Of course not at 10Gpbs, I never said that (it was more like 1bpm), I was just pointing out how stupid your 6000db attenuation figure was in conjunction with your patently ridiculous assertion that a 600 mile long wire couldn't provide any sort of signal even if the energy pumped into it was akin to the big bang.

I have no doubt that Kev99's memory has served him false with this story, but your ridiculous attempt to sound like you know what you are talking about is a mega-fail.

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Badvok
FAIL

Re: Bell Labs GaAs modem from 1960s

"Multiply *your* 'per mile' loss per mile by 600 miles. You should have a total loss budget of at least 6000 dB."

And that's why transatlantic cables never worked ... err, hang on a sec ...

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

Badvok

Audiophile?

Is 'Audiophile' a term that the Reg has adopted and changed the meaning of? Somewhat akin to the Reg having its very own definition for 'Boffin'.

I'd normally describe myself as an audiophile as the dictionary description does fit: "a person who is especially interested in high-fidelity sound reproduction". However this article seems to redefine it as "a gullible fool who's easily separated from his money for bragging rights".

Perhaps we need a Reg Dictionary page to clarify these changes to the English language that the Reg are attempting to introduce.

On a side note: A perfect square wave needs infinite bandwidth and hence will always be an impossible ideal. (If you don't agree with this then please do come back to me when you have calculated the complete Fourier series that represents a square wave.)

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Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

Badvok
Thumb Up

Re: So basically just like giving out your IMAP password then

Yep, or your POP3 password, but keep it quiet or you'll upset all the people who like having a dig at Google no matter what they do.

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Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

Badvok

Re: Clarification needed.

It is only the stuff to the right of the host name that is hidden, so in your examples sandras_blog.blogger.com would show as sandras_blog.blogger.com and geoffs_blog.blogger.com would show as geoffs_blog.blogger.com.

And this site, for example, shows as forums.theregister.co.uk not just theregister.co.uk.

I have it turned on and quite like it, I can always click on the box to get the full URL if I want to look at it. I really can't see why people have an issue with it.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Badvok

Re: Well...

"Assuming I have not miscalculated ..."

You have.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

Badvok

Re: arehole

"It's also moronic because ten years from now coding won't look much like it does now. Twenty years from now it may well not exist in any recognisable form. Even if it does, it will be done better and cheaper in China, India and Vietnam (etc) than it is here."

Couldn't help laughing at this para, I've been doing this shit for nigh on 35 years and it hasn't changed one little bit, I don't think it is likely to in the next 20. (Yes, tools, APIs, terminologies and languages have changed but the base concepts haven't.)

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

Badvok

Re: How fast?

Yes, they have determined the minimum speed, but I can't be arsed to provide a link when a certain company starting with 'G' does that so much better.

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Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

Badvok

Re: Avoid for now

This game was designed for a Controller, so use a controller and you'll enjoy it more. Some games map to Mouse+Kbd, some don't.

I assume you've missed a '1' from before the '6GB' in your PC spec, I doubt you'd be running that config with that little RAM (if not then that might be your problem since 6GB is the absolute bare minimum for this game).

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Badvok

Re: FUD

@The Mole, totally agree, the term 'Luddite' also sprang to mind.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

Badvok

Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

@mage: I was about to upvote your excellent post but then I got to the last paragraph.

If you look at the aliasing needed to represent a straight line at 30º incline to the horizontal you really need pixels much smaller than 1/2 the resolvable limit to do it without aliasing and to achieve pin sharp clarity.

Also, there is no such thing as 'real LED', there are organics and semi-conductors. Neither produce colours that perfectly match our human cones and hence neither can accurately reproduce the entire range of colours we can experience.

Ah, what the hell, have an upvote anyway :)

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

Badvok

"all that incest* doesn't write itself"

Nah, that's not the core of the plot, it is more about paedophilia and reinforcing the misguided notion that teens getting married was the norm in days gone by. It was picked up by the producers for the amazing number of scenes containing nude or partially nude under-age girls (even if the actresses actually aren't, the characters they are portraying are = a very weird kind of paedophillia).

I think the books would have been 1000% better if he had used a more up to date word processor that auto-corrected the names, his character names are often just ridiculous corruptions of modern names that just make reading them awkward.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Badvok

Re: A fool and his money are easily parted.

What I find more amazing than some of the claims for these 'audiophile' snake-oil lures, is the amount of time and money that is spent trying to disprove/discredit them, as this article most effectively demonstrates.

(Note: 'audophile' in quotes because it is only people who would like to be thought of as audiophiles by their superficial mates who fall for the traps, a true audiophile will always listen first and pay up only if they think the improvement is worth the money.)

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

Badvok

Re: "and create the best possible customer experience online.”

It always amazes me how many people aren't able to actually decide whether or not to buy something but simply cough up the money whenever offered the chance.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

Badvok

Re: Dual SIM

"just not in the UK where phones are generally subsidised by a Network"

Eh? Don't you mean US? Phones haven't been subsidised by the networks for a long time here in the UK.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

Badvok

Re: @Michael Tusch, CTO of Apical

Hmm, thumbs down for that? I guess I must be the exception then and people do actually want to be able to see the individual pixels - go figure.

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Badvok

@Michael Tusch, CTO of Apical

"you'd need to be nearer than 18cm (7 inches) away and would need very good eyesight to see 513 pixels per inch"

The last thing I want when looking at any display is to be able to see the pixels, I want smooth sharp curves where I CAN'T see the pixels! (I think 600 dpi is probably the ideal level given our current vision capabilities.)

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

Badvok

Re: Burn in was easy to achieve

My favourite example of burn-in was the early Reuters terminals. These had an alert box that was always on display but when there were no alerts to be displayed would display the REUTERS dotted logo. Thus the screens would display the company logo even when turned off.

(Very difficult to find a screen grab from that era but here's a BBC story that includes an image: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2775965.stm )

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

Badvok

Re: But... MUH INFRASTRUCTURE!

"You can dislike a political entity without being a racist."

Not these days you can't, that's why Dieudonné has been barred from entering the UK.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

Badvok
Black Helicopters

Paranoid schizophrenia

I read somewhere recently that schizophrenia affects about 1 in 100 people. However, these comments pages seem to attract more than would be expected if that were true.

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