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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: Twitter driving Twitter-addicts to suicide?

All people who think some topic is taboo for jokes should be hanged.

You are welcome.

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Re: only a matter of time

...until we're all paying using gold, cigarettes, chicken eggs, etc.

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: More work

> ...and you don't speak English and you don't know non-Cyrillic alphabets and you use a Cyrillic keyboard...

i.e. any advanced use of computers is out of question for you, well, then you just use a contact list in your communication app. The little things with @s in them are not that important. They are some internal handles for computer geeks. You probably use social sites, not e-mail, to communicate anyway.

And if you have to you can still copy'n'paste an e-mail address when you see it even though you cannot type it. Which is excatly the situation *everyone* will be in soon.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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There is a diference between, for instance, muder and negligience manslaughter even though in both cases someone is killed.

You can only *manipulate* the stock market intentionally. Otherwise you only affect it.

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Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day

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FAIL

Want keep something inaccessible for the general public? Don't let search engines index it either! It's really simple and you won't piss off people.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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This problem will solve itself

If the current trends contiune, soon it will be unacceptable in the US to label explicitly anyone as black, asian or whatever (white being the only exception). So it will be impossible to produce similar reports. Problem solved.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think

> Are you saying you can't complain about something unless you're willing to build it yourself?

You can complain as much as you want. But you have the full right to be ignored if you are *just* complaining.

As an open source developer (not paid by any rich foundation, mind you), I often must say: I do not want to invest my time into this. There are more important/interesting things to work on and this one is weird/uninteresting/marginal/tangential to the program function/... But patches are welcome. This is how open source works.

Have you tried your complaining tactics with proprietary software? How it went?

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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I wonder what will be next. Women are underrepresented among world dictators?

Is it really necessary to make gender-balanced every bloody definable group of people, no matter how good, bad or odd the group is?

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

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Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone

> I'd estimate I use my phone/tablet about 30cm from my face.

You are holding it wrong.

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Re: How I learned to stop worrying and love software licenses.

The other licenses you mention say ‘you got this software for free and we hope you'll find it useful but you may also find it to be crap’ and that's fair IMO. Proprietary software EULAs, on the other hand...

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Sad

The sad thing is that in the case of gun control or abortion it comes down to what you believe is right or wrong. Science can help us analyse the options or maybe provide new options but cannot ultimately decide the issue. But what is the most controversial? A question where opinions should worth dog's shit because it can be answered by hard scientific data and proper analysis.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Not sure what to think

> The father violated the agreement the second he told his family.

Close relatives can, in general, figure out that the case ended and the person in question received lots of $$$ without being explicitly told. So do you suggest that everyone involved in such agreement has to divorce his wife/her husband, leave his/her family and become a hermit?

I don't say that the agreement was not legally binding, I just say that there is no sane way to actually honour it.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Re: Pish

And the world did. It also adopted the SI unit system, ISO paper sizes, ... The United States, of course, are on a different planet than the rest of us.

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IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

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Duty

If you don't like the word duty you are free to replace it with ‚the sole purpose of their existence‘. It won't change anything...

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Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

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Beyond hope...

The DNS is broken. It still does some Ds and Ns, but there is no longer any System in it.

What alternatives do we have?

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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Re: Block by default

> JS is an integral part of a modern website!

Sounds like a statement from spokesman for the idiots creating sites that just render as a blank page without JS. And of course if JS is enabled it just renders a page that could be easily done in plain HTML...

Yes, JS is useful. But IMO many sites would become more pleasant to use with less JS, not more. And for some, such as Google Search, disabling JS is actually the only way how to use them sanely...

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You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

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Coat

Feature parity

So you say iPhone 5 doesn't even have feature parity with iPhone 1? Did they remove the obsolete phone-call function or what happened?

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$1,000 BOUNTY offered for FINGERPRINTS of a GLOBAL SPY CHIEF

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NZSIS

Trying not to invoke the Godwin's law but... NZSIS? No one thought people would misread it like I just did? Just wondering...

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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Re: Dead man's wishes

> Whether the advert has any merit or is a parody makes no difference

IMO the right to parody and generally make fun of anything whatsoever is far more important than any dead man's wishes. Those who try to impose rules what we may and may not make fun of are usually exactly those who do not understand humour at all.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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Oldskoolers?

Ubuntu for oldskoolers? Can these two words be even put into the same sentence? Oldskoolers have their trusty Debian ... been here long before Ubuntu, Mint and whatever derivates and will be long after they are gone.

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Boffins hide supercapacitors on silicon chips

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WTF?

Superconductor

And the superconductor from the title is where exactly?

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Multi-purpose gateway

But... Will it show time?

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Intel reveals 14nm PC, declares Moore's Law 'alive and well'

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Moore's law

Now they are talking about ~100 atoms. That certainly isn't macroscopic but some wiggle room still exist, a single misplaced atom here or there does not break it completely. But Moore's law is still pretty much dead within less than ten years.

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Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'

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Re: Why not just

"Same reason you don't bin your family photo albums"

I do. If you keep them you might look back 20 years later and smile. But if you don't you will not miss them.

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Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space

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The quickest way to get ahead in the art world is to appear insane

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3023#comic

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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3.11

And the following version will be 8.11. Then they just need to smear the left half of `8' a bit...

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Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

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Re: Must say it..

> Hard to do when there aren't enough atoms or energy to keep that much data on the planet Earth.

About the energy, I can agree. The energy needed to sufficiently reduce entropy of whatever to make it meaningful storage for this kind of data mount would be hard to get.

But atoms are plenty. If you figured out the atomic level storage somehow and kept one bit per atom, you'd only need a Silicon cube with side of 18km. That may seem huge but it's tiny compared to Earth. And if you had lots of energy you could easily process entire Earth to common Silicon chips to obtain this kind of data capacity and beyond.

Practical? Perhaps not. But sure we have the atoms.

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Re: Must say it..

> Just because WE can't know both momentum and position, has nothing to do with her Noodliness.

That's rubbish. Read about Bell inequalities that were pretty much conclusively disproved. And with them the idea that a logically consistent underlying state is possible which would define simultaneously both momentum and position (or the equivalent for polarisation-bases for photons anyway). So, there's nothing for her Noodliness to actually know.

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You've made an app for Android, iOS, Windows - what about the user interface?

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Re: Lowest common denominator

Obligatory reference:

http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2628

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PSF warns on angry trademark attacks: Python coders, this is not our way

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Re: Lesson learned?

> Well, you think they would keep a name that would put anyone using it at risk of being taken off the web?

Anyone outside Europe and also anyone inside who wants the trademark invalidated.

If #!/usr/bin/python stops working because of trademark I'm going to start sending death threats too.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

DN4

Gentlemen,

please check your irony detectors. They seem to be broken seriously.

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Ofcom: You like to make CALLS, yeah? Tell us what you want from mobiles

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WTF?

Re: "readers will be shocked to find that only the Scots rated price as more important"

I'm so shocked that I read the sentence several times and still don't understand...

The price of WHAT is more important than WHAT, if not calls and text?

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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Re: WTF?

> There is no such thing as a digital signal,

DVB signal is an MPEG stream. Please describe how to interpret it non-digitally...

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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

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Headmaster

Impossible

My audio and video kit cannot become obsolete. It already is.

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El Reg's 'Chuck Norris' faces down charging elephant

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FAIL

Force?

One charging elephant would be a nice unit of momentum. But force? I am disappointed.

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Wikipedia doesn't need your money - so why does it keep pestering you?

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Re: "so why does it keep pestering you"

> and this one tends to be more obvious in open source software land...

Hardly. Abrasive, arrogant, rude and thick-skinned personalities abound but minimum risk and effort? That does not get you far there.

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

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Coat

Mac users

They charitably donate to Apple, for start...

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Apple loses iPhone patent lawsuit

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Windows

Re: Let me get this right

> your favourite company's turn will come soon

It won't... Unless Apple patents the use of a phone to make phone calls. While holding it normally. The first thing might have crossed their minds briefly but the second seems quite safe.

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TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer sent home with £20,000 fine

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Re: Makes zero sense

> by pirating

Please, enlighten me, what did he pirated?

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Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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Re: Sir

> i guess it is, in the same way you can use a sledgehammer to 'pick' a lock

You pick the lock if you open it without damaging it (and not using the key). Doesn't matter if you use a sledgehammer, ice cone or proton collider...

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Google+ exec declares Facebook 'social network of the past'

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Re: What's this "ad" stuff people keep talking about?

> The web has no ads.

What is your post then?

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

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Re: Not only is the patent pointless but it's worthless

> but is sufficiently different to not qualify as a violation of the patent itself.

But will that stop Apple from suing you?

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Maybe where you live you hang at dawn everyone you don't like. Dunno.

Here, in the civilised world, theft and unauthorised use of other's properties are two different crimes. Both are crimes only if the thing is of non-negligible value, etc. Of course, so called intellectual property has its own laws. And, of course, downloading for personal use is legal here.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Re: Excellent

Should have been a reply to http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/11/21/schoolgirl_expelled_rfid_chip/#c_1632382

Not sure how I managed to start a new thread....

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Excellent

I like where this leads. Please, please track everyone using mobile phones and make it the ultimate tracking technology. Then I will become invisible to tracking for free.

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Consumer group urges Aussies to spoof IP addresses

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Coat

Costs more?

A brig can carry only so many bits...

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Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

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FAIL

Cause and effect?

You must be a complete fanboi to shell out so much for a phone. So, of course, if you own one you love it.

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Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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FAIL

Re: Closet

Only of 100% of El Reg readers own a fondleslab. Where you got this assumption from?

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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Re: Mouse travel

> Actually, that menu is a lot easier to get at than the Windows ones:

> the pointer can't go beyond the edge of the screen at that point...

> so you have to be a lot more precise

Ah, the classic Fitt's law argument. With the classic flaw. Unless you just want to quit the program you also need to move the mouse *back* from the menu to the working area.

So, for maximized windows it indeed makes sense to place menus at screen edge (i.e. they'd better be fullscreen, not just maximized) while for everything else menus in the window win if the movement back is included.

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Facebook facepalm: US judge tosses out 'sponsored stories' deal

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Re: Non-FB user question

We don't talk about copyright but about personal rights (privacy). Most of us don't have their faces copyrighted...

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