* Posts by O RLY

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

O RLY

He's had several games in his cartoons. Which was yours? Just curious :)

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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I own one (1.7W blue laser), and thought I'd have a lot of fun, sciency uses for it (read: burn things and melt things), but I find I don't use it all. Indoors, it marks the walls (which upsets domestic tranquility) and outdoors, I don't trust the fence with its gaps to keep the beam from inadvertently hurting someone down the street. So it stays locked up.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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Re: Value for money?

From the article, which I'll concede is stated as an estimate: "The 5K display recently announced by Dell is expected to sell for around $2,500 (approx £1,800 inc VAT) when it ships at the end of this year."

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Re: Value for money?

It also brings out the logic zealots. Car:computer analogies fail because cars travel on the same network of roads so a BMW must contend with the same speed limits and traffic conditions as a Skoda and the monies spent on the performance specs of cars are wasted for the basic task of transit from point A to B. Also, there is generally not a correlation between the price/performance of the BMW and that of the Skoda, so your implication is that the Apple is merely a status symbol the performance of which could be met by something much less costly. The performance benchmarks indicate otherwise. The "Skoda" PC does not compare favorably to the "BMW" iMac.

I'm glad you recognize that 5 is bigger than 4 and £396 is ~1/5 of £1999. You missed the fact that the relevant numbers for the monitor are 14.7 million pixels vs 8.3 million and a comparable 5K screen for a PC costs as much as the iMac does total without also including a nice computer.

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Verizon punches RED button on Redbox Instant video-streaming service

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Will the Redbox application be removed from the PS3 and PS4 menus?

I didn't want it there in the first place because I didn't use it. Now that it's useless, I really don't want it there.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Re: He will now have to book an appointment online with apple to fix it.

Unlikely, since his company's raison d'être is fixing iPhones

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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

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"CEO's (sic) of public (sic) listed companies don't lie"

A few counterexamples:

Dennis Kozlowksi, Tyco international

Kenneth Lay, Enron

There are many more one could select as well.

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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My first thought when reading the title

Was the film "The Guard" with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle and this scene about cocaine values

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzoNUp9myqM&t=8s

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

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Re: True justice would involve two pieces of paper

Yes, I do think that had Obama closed Gitmo, ended renditions, drone strikes, and warrantless wiretapping, and fulfilled a few other campaign promises, "Boehner and his mad associates wouldn't have stopped the entire business of the US government in their quest for impeachment" because they would still be the minority party in the US House. Obama had a decisive electoral win in 2008 and the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for his first two years in office. Meaningful accomplishments would have likely kept control of the House in 2010. Alas, there were none, just continuations of the worst excesses of Bush and the shattering of the illusion of 2008 Obama.

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Tesla and Panasonic to build NOT-SO-SECRET GigaFactory in US

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Re: Where?

There are several states wooing the Tesla plant. The leading contender is rumoured to be Texas.

Tesla cannot currently sell their cars through showrooms in Texas due to laws about auto dealerships and a change in law is part of the negotiations. In spite of that limitation, Texas has been the second-largest market for Teslas in the US.

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Cybercrooks breed SELF-CLONING MUTANT that STEALS your BANK DETAILS

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Re: German Marks

No joke icon, so I'll answer as if you meant it straight.

The word "marks" there mean targets or victims, not the former currency used by the Germans.

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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Re: Even with the priors...

You're citing a federal statutory penalty for rape of a minor. The vast majority of rape cases are prosecuted under state/commonwealth law which varies across the 50 states. To pick two states, Texas's rape of minors can be punished between prison sentences of 2 years - 20 years and Colorado's sentencing guidelines typically run 2 years - life sentences depending on the circumstances of the crime.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason

They're excluding nothing. All they've done is change the default search engine, something which punters can easily remedy under Safari's settings.

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Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

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AMEX is chip and sign, not chip and PIN

There are very few chip and PIN cards in the US.

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Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes

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Re: No Video on LTE, Please

I have an "uncapped" LTE contract and find I don't use web browsing except when I have no other choice due to disruptive ads. If it isn't a video ad, it's an ad with a tiny close button, or the one that opens iOS App Store or GooglePlay to entice me to download some piece-of-shit freemium game. Android has few options for ad-blocking (although I find ABP drains the battery) and iOS has only one I'm aware of without a jailbreak. If I had to pay per $DATAUNIT, invasive ads would bother me more than they already do, but there is no way I'd want a legislative body to ban the ads. I'd rather see users simply stop using the sites with obtrusive ads.

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ODMs a 'threat' to Euro server biz? Well, yes, says HP exec

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ODM irony

The fact is that many of the major brands, including Dell, use ODMs to build their kit. That some of the punters such as Facebook have cut out the middle man (HP, Dell, etc) and headed straight to the source is amusing.

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: What does "impersonation" mean?

When Clapper uses the phrase "least untruthful" to describe his testimony under oath, it destroys all credibility in what his agency releases. Lying under oath is a felony for normal people; in fact, the 42nd President of the United States was impeached for it. The press releases merely illustrate the mendacity of the agency and the contempt the NSA shows to their putative overseers and the people whom they purport to protect.

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Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'

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Re: World Peace

Or Ukraine...

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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Headmaster

Re: not moving

It appears Muphry's Law caught that you were being pedantic about use of homonyms while using less when you should have used fewer.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

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Re: Critical Internet Explorer vulnerability ..

Notepad could be uninstalled easily from XP. Internet Explorer, on the other hand...

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Joke

But did you get into Doge (coin) instead?

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Re: Doomed

Indeed. Name changes for reputation reasons happen all the time. Blackwater Security are now Xi, PhillipMorris are something vaguely Latin-sounding (I can't be arsed to look it up), and RBS are contemplating trading under Williams and Glyn's for at least part of their business to name just three.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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As someone who left his MB Air on Snow Leopard because of the poorly documented "feature" of Mavericks whereby iOS devices cannot sync their contacts or bookmarks directly to a computer but must instead use iCloud, I'm disappointed about the drop of support. This adds to the desire to move away from iOS in search of something better.

That said, comparisons to XP aren't exactly correct. The differences between the first release of XP (of which I still have a legitimate early release disk) and SP2 are substantial, so it's really a 9.5 year old OS vs a 4.5 year old OS. Oh, that's not really a favorable comparison either, is it?

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

O RLY

No, you're not. I agree. The $16 billion price is higher, by 15%, than the market cap of NetApp. That company reported respectable, not inspiring, profits on flat revenues recently. Revenues that are a full order of magnitude larger than those of WhatsApp.

Though I suppose if I understood what value things or ideas actually have, I'd be making something to sell for ludicrous sums of money instead of making comments in disbelief on the internet.

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

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Re: Carp

I wonder what the ratio of users who use free Google Fiber at 5Mbps is to those who use the $70/month 1Gbps service. That may have something to do with the Netflix results, but I'm entirely speculating.

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

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Re: Amazing how many leaders...

Technically speaking, it was Congress who had to remove the ANC from the banned list. Since Mr Mandela's inauguration, Mr Mandela and his government were granted waivers by the Secretaries of State under President Clinton and President GW Bush for visits to the United States. Mr Bush signed the law rescinding the ANC's PNG status in 2008. Embarrassingly late for the USA.

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Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

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Go big or go home

If you're going to steal, steal as much as possible. The penalties are less that way.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/15/jailed_for_life_for_stealing_a

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

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Re: Ethernet

Completely agreed. Going from a laptop with built-in 1GbE (last pre-Retina MBP for example)to having to use a USB port adapter that only supports 10/100BASE T is truly irritating. The 20 quid is salt in the wound.

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Re: Dumb Luck

Harvard, not Stanford

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Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

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Re: How realistic is the pricing though

Dell won't provide technical support for 3rd party drives you add, but they don't prohibit non-Dell drives anymore.

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HP knew Autonomy was a duff buy, claim HP shareholders in $1bn suit

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Re: No Shit Sherlock

Google/Instagram? Facebook/Instagram you mean? Or did you mean Google/YouTube?

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Want to know what CIA spooks really think of spy movies and books?

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At least one Jane Austen fan in the CIA

Granted, Jane didn't write about espionage, but "Elizabeth Darcy" as a nom de plume gets a smile.

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Feds want to fine companies that refuse wiretap requests

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Re: Paranoia

Who is being paranoid, exactly?

And just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you.

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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

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Re: Wow, screw Google

Huh? Unless you can prove that Google manipulated the bond process years ago to set this purchase up now, or that they acted illicitly to secure the deal now, it's hard to see what's unfair about the business buying a money-losing project. The public should be concerned about how the project got funded in the first place and whether the city's forecasts for breaking even or making money had any basis in reality. They should avail themselves of the opportunity to make sure Provo did its due diligence in the sale as well.

Regarding private companies making profit off of the public teat, you might be appalled to learn how basically every professional athletic team in the US builds a stadium. They claim that they can't be "competitive" with their inferior facilities and extort taxpayer funds under threat of relocation. The NFL, a tax-exempt organization, made ~$1 Billion in profit in 2012 while playing every game in stadiums at least partially financed by the taxpayers.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: err..

American technology companies doing business outside of the USA cannot undermine US government embargoes; they cannot knowingly sell to entities or individuals who intend to use it in embargoed states, or resell or export to those who will. That is a case of American law applying outside America, albeit to an American company. Apple, Dell, Citrix, etc., can suffer sanction from the US government (http://www.bis.doc.gov/complianceandenforcement/dont_let_this_happen_to_you_2005.pdf ).

UK companies don't have to follow the US laws and certainly the Iranians don't either, but the American ones do.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Re: Tiny?

Central America isn't a continent. North America's southern demarcation is the Panama-Columbia border.

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Life after Cisco: I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one

O RLY

Re: A stupid question regarding SFP+ modules...

Cisco switches, at least those that I've used, were particular about the SFP/SFP+ modules.

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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Why are there quotations marks around iPad 4

and not iPad 3 as well? Neither the third or fourth iPads were designated "iPad 3" or "iPad 4", so why single one out?

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Samsung spaffs $3.9bn on chip factory in TEXAS

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Trollface

Re: Samsung... I see what you did there.

Really long since Samsung has had a manufacturing facility in Austin since 1996, back when Apple were making Newtons and nearly out of business. You'd think that if Samsung were prescient enough to prepare a patent fight over phones then, they would have just patented rounded corners then :)

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Re: Puzzled

The churches or other venues themselves are private and the WBC cunts don't enter. However, the streets outside the churches or cemeteries are public and the US Supreme Court ruled they have the right to spew their bile from those streets.

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Headmaster

Re: Tax Law

They are "safe deposit boxes".

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Elon Musk jumps overboard from Paul Allen's GIANT MOTHERSHIP

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Pint

I wish I were super rich

Then my lofty dreams and hobbies would only limited by government-scale funding. And hopefully, like Musk, I'd be able to show potential for improving science and the world while still have obscene amounts of fun :)

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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Of course Apple refer to this version as the "best iTunes ever". Microsoft refer to Windows 8 as the "best Windows ever", Oracle refer to 11g as the best, etc.

Has there ever been a major company release a new version and say something like "iTunes 11, the second-best iTunes ever"?

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Badges for Commentards

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Pint

four pages of comments

and most commentards have badges. Impressive.

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Bah humbug! Google cancels Christmas

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Re: Calendar.DECEMBER

Wouldn't it drop January of the current year? 1-11 being Feb-December of the current year, with 12 being Jan of next year?

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