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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

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That Hideous Strength

That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (of Narnia fame), published in 1945 mentioned exactly this. Right down to the very sharp knife!

Life imitates art, and all that.

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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

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"in much of the UK there are now only two networks of masts"

And yet we *still* don't have cross-network roaming in the UK. As a geek, it annoys me that the reason for this isn't technical, but regulatory / business reasons.

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'Time cloak' can hide data - but not the fact there's something to hide

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White hole spewing time engines dead air supply low advice please.

So what is it?

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"hit them until they tell you"

Reminds me of the xkcd skit on the same subject:

http://xkcd.com/538/

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Shy? Socially inadequate? Fiddling with your phone could help

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Re: Sorry...

I think you're both missing the point here. Whilst what you're saying is true, this software is coaching software. It encourages you to practise and then "get out there".

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Echelon reloaded?

Indeed. It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

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Echelon

It's somewhat ironic that PRISM turned out to be everything that the conspiracy theorists believed ECHELON to be.

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

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Re: When I'm feeling frisky, I like to add pepperoni under the cheese for that budget pizza taste.

Apparently, when pizza was first introduced to the UK in the 1950's, it was initially marketed as "Italian Welsh Rarebit".

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It's a little-known fact that, far from being a carpenter, Our Lord actually ran a cheese shop in his home town.

It was called "Cheeses of Nazareth".

(I am so sorry)

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

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Re: Special cable

Ah, ok. Thanks for the info; I didn't know that as I don't own any iThings. Every day is a school day and all that. :o)

Oh well, it works for my needs anyway.

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Special cable

I have a useful little cable I got on eBay, which basically looks like a very short USB extension lead with red plugs. It only has the power pins connected and the data pins are deliberately not connected. Very useful for parasitically charging off a computer without it trying to establish a data connection.

I bought it so save the annoyance of a computer trying to make a data connection when all I want to do is charge the phone. It never occurred to me that it may be a hardware firewall. Don't tell the seller or they'll double the price. :o)

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

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Brix?

I'm so ronrey, Hans.

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INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry

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Re: How about the Golden Valley By Pass?

I wrote a car off on that roundabout in the 90's. Does that count? :)

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Nostalgia

A great read, and also a lot of happy memories. I grew up living on Battledown and would regularly cycle Harp Hill and also Aggs Hill up to Cleeve Common. And you're right; Aggs Hill is intense both up and down. :o)

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

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Re: Battlefield 3/4 - Star Wars ???

> I'd buy that.

For a dollar?

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3D printer spits out CYBORG EAR... but where will you PUT it?

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Re: Nipple implant

Double Polaroid moment? ;o)

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Citi to file claim with Nasdaq over Facebook IPOcalypse

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I think you're missing the point. It's more like playing a game of Blackjack and saying "stick" at 21 and the dealer dealing you an extra card and saying you busted out, and you saying "hold on a moment, I said 'stick' at 21".

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Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

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Re: Technical Matter

I wonder if the International law on Martime Salvage might apply here? Or does that only apply to boats?

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Stereoscopic - why the downvotes?

Not entirely sure why someone felt the need to downvote all the people who (quite rightly) pointed out it is 'stereophonic' and not 'stereoscopic'

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Kirk to beam up chat with ISS astronaut on Thursday

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I'm so sorry

Why did Lt. Uhura cry?

Because William Shatner

(I'll get my coat)

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Monty Python tax sketch

Reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where they try to come up with new taxes.

"I would tax all foreigners living abroad".

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Facebook's sexy pick 'n' mix OCP model is great... for Facebook

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Robocop?

First thing I thought of when I saw "OCP" was "Omi Consumer Products"; the corporation in Robocop.

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IBM brains ponder universe, say kids will go nuts for STEAMPUNK

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Re: I hate Steampunk.

There never has been anything "punk" about it. It stems from William Gibson's cyberpunk stories, and the ?-punk name just kind of went from here. Hence steampunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, <insert name here>punk, etc.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Re: Comprehension

The vinyl and also the first run of the CD (I have owned both) definitely say "streetsuss" on the printed lyrics. I always thought that was a little odd, but it was right there bold as day.

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Apocalypse in 9/8

Rumour has it that when Phil Collins played the drums for the Genesis track "Apocalypse in 9/8" (part of Supper's Ready) he didn't know how to drum in 9/8 and just did it by feel. Later he learned how to play it properly and many feel it wasn't as good.

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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Re: Obligatory XKCD

Is it bad that I knew which one that was going to be before I even clicked the link? :o)

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Japanese firm lifts lid on Android-controlled toilet

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User accounts

Using your phone as a user token is an advance on previous generations of toilets like this that had their own UI and required you to identify yourself. Which brought a whole new meaning to the term "logging on".

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Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

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Re: How things change

I've just looked at my CV to make sure I wasn't confused, and it was definitely during 1996 as I clearly remember which company I was working for at the time and I left there in November 1996.

However, it could have been only Orange-to-Orange SMS before the full integration that the article mentions. Most of us were on Orange there.

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How things change

I remember being on Orange in around 1996 or 1997 and knowing that you could have SMS "turned on" for an extra £5 a month (may even have been £2.50 - I really can't remember) and nobody bothered with that as it seemed pointless. Then Orange changed it so you paid 10p for each message so naturally we all had a go as it was a laugh and suddenly everyone's phones were beeping all the time. That's when texting really took off.

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Real sci-fi space ships coming at last? NASA tests nuclear engine

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Re: Orion...

Dammit. I came on here specifically to ask when they were going to build an Orion. :o)

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Ten technology FAILS

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Gizmondo

I was hired as a contractor to work with Gizmondo, and it really was a pile of shite. But then again, since the whole thing was allegedly just a front for syphoning off large sums of Venture Capital (allegedly) which included crashing a Ferrari Enzo (remember that?) then I don't think it really mattered.

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Re: Secondlife Is still Alive.

Why so judgemental, Andrew Moore? People do all sorts of things and have all sorts of hobbies that they personally enjoy. They participate because it gives them enjoyment, not from some attempt to be "relevant".

For example, I simply can't get my head round football fans. I don't call them saddos though - why should it bother me what they do?

Likewise, many people still refer to people who have any interest in technology as "saddos" and "nerds". Which makes your comments all the more ironic.

Live and let live, and vive la difference, I say .

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BT.com blats small privacy bug, ignores GAPING HOLE

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Re: WTF

Exactly correct. All you need is the phone number, the postcode, and you have to tick a checkbox confirming you are the account holder. Apparently this last thing is very important, according to BT, and makes it all ok. :o)

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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Re: HP Proliant Micrpserver

Yup. You can't argue at that price. Buy it for £120, stick in four drives, install FreeNas onto a memory stick (sited in the internal USB port) and away you go. I have the older N36L and have just bought the new N40L for another project.

One thing I would advise is to to stick some more memory in though as the ZFS file system is quite memory-hungry if you go for a RAID-Z configuration.

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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Re: House coffee

The other acceptable request is "Filter Coffee".

(Although you're as likely to get an Americano if they only have an espresso machine)

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Credit insurance: The hidden data-driven force which killed Comet

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Re: 2k -> 10k credit card

Martin Lewis has always maintained that you should substitute the word "credit" for "debt", to really underline what it's all about.

That gives you such gems as

* 'Debt card'

* 'Interest-Free Debt'

* 'Debt Agreement'

* 'Instant Debt'

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

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Re: Unfortunately

But, with any luck, he can hopefully be overruled.

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Cautiously optimistic.

Put me down as one of the 'cautiously optimistic'. Disney have done a good job with Marvel since they aquired it and I think they stand a good chance of doing the same with Star Wars.

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Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!

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Re: I gave up...

I confess that one was a complete guess for me. I happened to get it right, but not through any knowledge.

But I could have told you it was designed and flown by Ken Wallis though.

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Very hard

I consider myself a huge bond fan and I got 28/50 and even then some were lucky guesses.

I mean, knowing the exact punctuation of the numberplate of the Goldfinger Aston? Blimey.

Still, thanks for posting the quiz up; it was fun.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2

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Re: EPSON HX-20

My dad bought one when they were new and I used it extensively, both portable and hooked up to a telly with the very expensive external TV modulator. And later a FDD unit.

As far as I know, it's still in a cupboard somewhere at my dad's as he rarely throws anything out.

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Re: Surprised...

Would that not be the GRiD 1100 Compass which was "the world’s first clamshell computer and thus the template for the notebook computer"?

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Halo 4 game review

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I have a lot of affection for the original Halo: Combat Evolved because the unfolding story in the single player mode was pretty good.

However, I agree that it was heavily padded out in place. The endless waves of Flood in the Library spring to mind - a level that you think will never end. Likewise the unending progressions of identical rooms linked by corridors that you encounter later on (I forget when - it's been many years since I played it).

Oh, and the final dash in a Warthog though the Pillar of Autumn at the end was pure Sci-Fi Blockbuster, but not in a good way.

Overall though, it was a good story.

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Good review

Good, in depth review. A big step up from the usual superficial reviews we see on the Reg.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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Re: It's not just Star Wars we need to worry about...

Monkey Island was always, um, "inspired" by Pirates of the Caribbean anyway though.

(Not forgetting that Pirates of the Caribbean goes back to 1967 as an attraction at Disneyland and has continued ever since, and the films were of the ride and not vice versa as many think)

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Re: im excited by this

No idea why you got downvoted for that, Mike; you're bang on the money there.

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Re: Three trilogies

The books are canon within the Expanded Universe, yes.

George Lucas has always maintained that the films and the Expanded Universe are separate canon though, which gives him a nice Joker for not having to respect the canon of the Expanded Universe.

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Re: Hallowe'en

Totally with you on that; Dark Empire was really rather superb.

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Cautiously optimistic.

I think this could be good news and I'm cautiously optimistic

Disney have already shown that they can nurture a franchise with their purchase of Marvel. "Avengers Assemble" was absolutely brilliant. And I for one really enjoyed "Tron: Legacy" as well.

They also have the potential to pull in some decent directors and writers. Let's face it, George Lucas isn't actually a very good director and he's not that good a writer either. His character development and dialogue in Episodes 1-3 was pretty dire. Especially the love story between Padame and Anakin.

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