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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Traffic

"Last year Google tantalized Map aficionados with the prospect of live traffic results" - Google Maps has had live traffic for years! I can see Waze notifications on the desktop browser version of Maps also, but that might be because I'm a Waze user.

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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Pulse

The Pulse from Withings sounds better; measures altitude gain and has a heart rate monitor, but doesn't do swimming or cycling.

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Electric sheep...

There's a great app called Sleep As Android that does a similar thing, only wakes you from light sleep unless you tell it there's a 'drop dead' time you absolutely must be awake. The alarm starts very quietly and gradually gets louder, so you can turn it off before it wakes your neighbour. After a while your subconscious is programmed to recognise the sound at very low levels. And no sliding gestures required to turn it off, just jab at the big red square.

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

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Headline

I thought the term was toy-boy, not boy-toy.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

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On yer bike!

This will solve a lot of commuting problems for the unemployed...

http://boingboing.net/2013/06/20/flying-bicycle.html

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AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

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Re: 45Kwh ? Battery tech just jumped a couple of orders of magnitude.

Might be thinking of this:

http://www.amazon.com/CX-45KWH-Battery-4400mAh-6cells/dp/B009NMDQ4I

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Dragon capsule makes fiery entrance, safe splashdown

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Coat

Tautology?

"Salty brine"

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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

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Unhappy

Keeps crashing

On my machine, which works perfectly for everything else, it reboots my PC within ten minutes of starting to play. Even in the Getting Started Tutorial it reboots the PC at the same point every time.

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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

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FAIL

WIll auto update succede where manual failed?

I've spent days trying to get SP1 installed on a couple of computers without success. Just keep getting 'unknown error has occurred'. Ran all the trouble-shooters they suggested, but nothing, nada, rien.

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Re: Brewing Time

I think brewing time is more a function of specific surface area, so the more finely-chopped tea ('dust' or 'sweepings') will need far less time than pukka brands. Same is true of ground (not instant) coffee. The finer it is the less time you leave it in contact with the water. (E.g. espresso is much finer than cafetière or percolator grounds.)

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Obama's new cyber-security tactics finger corrupt staff, China

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Boffin

Top tip

If you have a computer with secrets on it, don't connect it to the public internet. Bletchley Park demonstrated decades ago that any mechanically generated (or electronic for that matter) code can be cracked given enough resources.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: IE9

How is it my fault? I've just had to repair the C: drive after CHKDSK trashed it by replacing all the security IDs with default ones, so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm doing, unlike Microsoft.

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FAIL

IE9

I've tried many times to upgrade from IE8 to IE9 on a Win 7 x64 platform but it stubbornly refuses, just giving vague error codes. Utterly hopeless.

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'Like most convoluted theories, it was an incorrect one'

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FAIL

US solution to crime

Brush it under the carpet (= Hide it in the prison system and throw away the key)

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/02/prisons-and-crime

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

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Land area

From SEWTHA we have energy density of wind as 2W/m^2 and solar as 22W/m^2. Average electricity demand in the UK is around 45GW. That's over 2,000km^2 of solar or 22,000km^2 of wind. Total land area of the UK is 241,930km^2.

Think I'd rather have nuclear.

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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"Born in Sussex"

No, he was born in Pinner, Middlesex, near where I used to deliver newspapers as a lad.

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One in four don't clean their stinky old browsers - especially Firefoxers

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"Firefox users tend to be the worst for keeping up to date"

My installation never seems to tell me when an update is available unless I go and look on Help > About. I don't recall turning off any notification, just an out-of-the-box installation. Before I upgraded from XP to 7 the update always failed as a Limited User, often completely screwing up the installation in the process.

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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Boffin

"equivalent to holding a large family car on the palm of your hand,"

I recall the quote being several cars on his hand. 600psi is 42kgf/cm^2 and he said his hand was 1/100th of a sq metre, so 100cm^2 = 4.2t. Or roughly one elephant.

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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Re: The pilots are going be lovin' it, flying sideways.

I was thinking the whole 'root' with passengers, pilots and engines would be circular in plan and the 'wings' rotate around the outside.

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NASA picks the target for Curiosity's first road trip

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Boffin

Grand Challenge

In 2005 the first driverless vehicle to win the challenge covered 132 miles in just under 7hrs, about 20mph. So surely Curiosity could manage a bit more than 0.06mph?

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British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

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Facepalm

Better than the BBC's 'cousin of the laser'. Good grief...

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Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

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Alert

FUD

All new technologies, with the possible exception of digital watches, have been met by fear and loathing by those who managed to avoid the sciences at school because they were 'boring'. The loom, steam engines, electricity, nuclear power, mobile phones...

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Hubble finds fifth moon orbiting Pluto

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Re: Moon vs really big asteroid

According to New Scientist, "Pluto may not be a planet any more, but the discovery of its fifth moon means it can boast more satellites than the inner four planets combined."

-- http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22052-discovery-of-fifth-moon-reignites-pluto-planet-debate.html

I agree it should be a planet, but that doesn't make it one.

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Re: Moon vs really big asteroid

> If it's orbiting a planet then might be moon.

But Pluto isn't a planet, so none of them are moons!

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Licence fee

I'd happily pay double or even triple if it meant there were no ads interrupting the content. When my street was first cabled I naively signed up thinking, as it was a paid-for service, there'd be fewer ads. Very quickly cancelled the subscription! Sadly, it seems the more you pay for a broadcast service the more your enjoyment of the content is spoiled by annoying shouty people telling you what to buy. Thank god for PVRs and LoveFilm to rent box-sets.

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Gov exposes 8,000 GPs so punters can pick one

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Unhappy

New OCD...

Everything has to be turned into a talent or popularity contest.

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Ten... Freeview HD 42-47in TVs

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Panasonic TX-P42ST30B

Around half a grand, knocks spots off any LED/LCD I've ever seen. Plasma, silky blacks, 4 HDMI, network enabled, what's not to like?

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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

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Re: "kilometre of Terran surface into each pixel."

> Shouldn't that be one (or a half) square kilometre per pixel?

Spacial resolution - linear rather than areal.

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Re: "some guys into space with a hassleblad medium format camera."

Blimey! I didn't know MODIS was some blokes with cameras!

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/BlueMarble/bmng.pdf

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/

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"kilometre of Terran surface into each pixel."

That was the resolution of the original NASA Blue Marble imagery. The BM Next Generation is half a kilometre per pixel.

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Resistance is futile? Memristor RAM now cheap as chips

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Joke

"huge range of potential applications"

Boom boom! Basil Brush would have been proud...

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Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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Re: TiVo Ad skip

HUMAX boxes have a 2 minute skip button. A couple of presses of that and you're done.

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Re: Someone has to pay...

Spot on! If you're watching Free To Air then it has to be paid for somehow, licence fee and advertising are the current solutions. If you're paying for content then it shouldn't be interrupted every couple of minutes by idiots telling you what to spend your money on. I've already chosen to spend my money on the content so go away and let me enjoy it!

Same goes for the annoying shouty people who tell you what you should watch next as soon as the credits start to roll. I can make my own mind up, thank you, I do know how to use the EPG! And I'd rather savour the content and see who made it, rather than have it squeezed to a microdot while you force-feed me the tat no-one really wants to watch.

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

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Boffin

Soil mechanics...

Mine's a bit rusty, but I recall the angle of repose of dry sand is dependent on g, so presumably the dunes on Mars will be a lot steeper.

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Cosmic ray source riddle mystery now even more mysterious

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Um...

"...while searching for the neutrinos that are believed to be linked with cosmic ray generation, and found none."

Did they remember to turn it on?

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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FAIL

According to the Telegraph...

"NASA has said that options include deflecting the asteroid by attaching a probe to it and using the extra gravity this would create to steer it away from Earth over the course of millions of light years."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9111608/Asteroid-heads-towards-Earth-with-one-in-625-chance-of-hitting-planet.html

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LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

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Re: Self balancing strings

Ah, now why didn't I think of using dots!

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wiggers

How about...

O O

| \ / |

| \ / |

| X |

| / \ |

| / \ |

---------------

VVVVVVVV

Might lose something in formatting, but essentially connect both ends of the truss to both balloons. If one starts to rise faster than the other it will take more of the weight and slow down, keeping them in balance.

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Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

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Re: Re: "they want to tidy up the Earth's atmosphere"

If there was enough of an atmosphere to slow stuff down then there would be no need for the Swiss de-orbiter. The stuff they're targeting is too high for the atmospheric drag effects to be useful.

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FAIL

"they want to tidy up the Earth's atmosphere"

Just how many satellites are there in the Earth's atmosphere?

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Government launches hydrogen motoring task force

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Boffin

Methane is fine...

You just need a reformer to use it.

http://www.fuelcells.org/basics/faqs.html#landfill

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Tesla 300-mile e-car UK debut set for 2013

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Coat

In the 'Real World'...

it'll go three and a half times round the Top Gear test track...

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Ten... mini hi-fi systems

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FAIL

Reg Recommended?

The minimum score for Recommended status seems a bit flexible. One or two at 75% get the Vulture gong but not others. Oh yes, I forgot, this is hifi we're talking about!

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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Waze...

has it too I've just noticed. I stopped using it 'cos it kept crashing on me.

http://www.waze.com/

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FAIL

A3 Hindhead Tunnel

This has been open since last July and was in construction for several years beforehand, but neither Google Maps nor Bing Maps show it. How can they possibly not notice such a huge change to a major road? Do any satnavs show the new alignment?

Obligatory Wikipedia entry for those unfamiliar with the road:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindhead_Tunnel

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Germans increase office efficiency with 'cloud ceiling'

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Boffin

Why not...

link it to a camera on the roof and simulate actual weather conditions?

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Mozilla, Google extend 'sweethearts' browser deal for 3 years

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Unhappy

Google toolbar?

Does this mean Google will support the toolbar on Firefox again? Hasn't been working since about v6 AFAICR.

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Crack GCHQ's code and become the next James Bond

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FAIL

Just one recruit?

Presumably only the first person to crack it will be eligible as after that no doubt the solution will be shared far and wide.

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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The Art of Coarse Spelling

<cough> "course location"???

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NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength

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Coat

Just waiting for...

...the clunk. You know, like in The Truman Show.

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