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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

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There's a product on the market that will physically disconnect your battery if the level drops below a certain level, which is designed for cars that sit unused for long periods, so that when you go to drive them you are not left with a flat battery.

I don't understand why the Tesla cars don't have a similar safeguard system that disconnects all parasitic load when the charge reaches a certain level to specifically prevent the batteries becoming bricked.

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'The full harm to Apple cannot be calculated'

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WTF?

"worldwide rights ... in 10 different countries"

"We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago."

Wait... what? If they're confined to 10 different countries then they can't be worldwide, surely?

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Freecom Mobile Drive Sq 500GB external HDD

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WTF?

Huh?

Maybe I'm missing something here, but its USP seems to be that it's wider (and hence bigger) than it needs to be in order to achieve some strange goal of "squareness", which it admits it failed to achieve because of the word 'almost'

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Virtual Nazi-code-cracking Colossus in fundraising appeal

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@Lee Dowling

Bravo, sir! I think I may have to do likewise as I found myself nodding at everything you've written.

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

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@sleepy_chicken

sleepy_chicken - I sincerely hope you *are* the main driver and aren't "fronting"

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Gun controlled lamp hits the spotlight

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Joke

I love lamp.

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Facebook files for IPO, seeks $5bn

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Anyone else catching the whiff of the hastily rewritten press release about this article? The author has forgotten to change "our" to "their" in one sentence.

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Darth Vader dies peacefully in hospital

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You keep saying that word...

Of course one of the greatest sword fights of modern times has to be in The Princess Bride.

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Stephen Hawking seeks geek to maintain his unique wheelchair

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Sounds to me like they should really be advertising 3 jobs for 2 or 3 people. The Personal Assistant type job would be pretty much full-time I would imagine. And the tech support would be another.

Let's face it, you're hardly going to get someone with that level of technical skill who also has the people skills to be a PA / organiser / speaker. It's not exactly a common mix.

And as for the pay? That's pretty pathetic for what they are expecting the candidate to be able to do.

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Roberts reveals radio with raunchy recording features

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Eh?

How is this raunchy?

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Facebook security hole exposes Zuckerberg's privates

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Inconceivable!

Wait... Mark Zuckerberg has private photos? That he doesn't want to share with the whole world? Inconceivable!

Surely he didn't opt out of his own "share everything by default" privacy policies?

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Printed-out dissolving bones, teeth work well in rats

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Joke

Have they worked out how to make blades shoot out from between your knuckles and later retract again?

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Google's Brin and wife plop half-million into Wikipedia's hat

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Joke

citation needed

So I guess what AC @ 19th November 2011 23:32 GMT is saying is "citation needed" :o)

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Big guns turn sights on cancer-causing genes

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Environmentally friendly???

“One major point of the design was to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” says Julian Fielden, managing director at OCF, the systems integrator for the project.

Huh? Sod that! The major point of the design should be to store terabytes (if not petabytes) of data, and then analyse that data in such a way that may bring us closer to a cure for cancer.

I'm absolutely sick and fed up to the back teeth of all this environment and carbon footprint malarky. If the system is environmentally friendly then it's a bonus, but to make that a major design goal is just crazy.

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Valve says credit card data taken

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Bad but could be worse

Salted hashed passwords are useless to the attacker unless they know the salting algorithm, and even then only for replay attacks.

Likewise, if the credit card details are properly encrypted then they are again useless to the attacker.

Having said that, I agree that changing your password and keeping an eye on your credit card statement is fair & responsible advise rather than going "la la la nothing to worry about" or denying everything, so fair play to Valve there.

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World's only twin jet-engine bike drives onto eBay

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@ Insane Reindeer

Um, the same way the front tyre manages?

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Why GNOME refugees love Xfce

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Thunar rather than later...

You should be shot for that pun.

(Thor? I wath in thodding agony)

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Manufacturers testing wider cars for swingbellies

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Car parks

The trouble is that, although cars have got wider, car parking spaces haven't. So although these fatties may benefit from the wider car they may find they can't get out of it once they park up.

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

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@cloudgazer

You do realise that the only connection that "Quantum of Solace" had to anything Fleming wrote was the name of a short story that had no common elements to the film apart from a chap called 'James Bond', don't you?

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Machine translation cracks 18th century occult cipher

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So..wait, what they're saying is that they ran it through Google Translate? :o)

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Man builds smartphone dock into arm

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Joke

Arrrrrrrrrrr

Be that legal software on 'is phone?

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The Secret of Monkey Island

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I loved the first couple of Monkey Island games, although they did go downhill somewhat after that.

Honourable mention to DotT too.

But, for me, the greatest Lucusarts Adventure was The Dig. A slow burner as it had almost no humour, but oh the atmosphere! Totally captivating. I would dearly love a reimagined HD version of The Dig.

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Zombie mobile Linuxes mate

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Does a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

I always thought that "Maemo" was a decent name whilst "Meego" had a whiff of the naff about it.

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Ministers kill off failed £12.7bn NHS IT revamp

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Well there's a (non) surprise

It was obvious from the beginning that this was going to be a White Elephant. I'm sure it was to everyone, although obviously enough palms were greased that this drain on taxpayer's money went ahead anyway.

Petty the mercy killing couldn't have come sooner

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Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

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Unhappy

Eco-mentalists

I'm sure the greenies and eco-mentalists will find some way of killing this golden goose before it's even laid its first golden egg.

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Virtual and real worlds collide in gamers' minds

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Fallout3

Actually, the anecdotes about Fallout3 remind me of when I was in Sainsbury's one time and saw a pack of 50 bobby pins and thought "oh! They're always useful to have" before reality reasserted itself.

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Not really new

I remember many years ago playing Doom to much. I was coming out of a lift (in real life, I mean) and someone made some grunting noise and I froze, expecting it was one of the monsters that always made a grunt before pouncing you.

That's probably the closest thing I've been to what is being described in the article.

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Al Gore wants to borrow your Facebook and Twitter accounts

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Mushroom

Instant defriend

I've just posted on my Facebook that I will defriend anyone who signs up to this and allows Al Gore to spam me via their account. :o)

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet goes on sale

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Fn key

What, no Fn key where the Ctrl key is? Can't be a proper Thinkpad unless it has that hugely irritating quirk.

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Attack on open-source web app keeps growing

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"a large percentage of osCommerce websites can't be bothered to install it"

Clearly the author of this article has never used osCommerce.

The way you apply patches, mods and customisations to osCommerce is to merge the actual PHP source code and it very quickly becomes a nightmare. Even if you are fastidious in delimiting changes in comments, it is still a huge diff-merge task to take on an upgrade and one that is beyond a majority of users.

I remember spending days trying to reconcile two osCommerce sites developed for my (now ex) wife that had been developed by the same web "designer" but at different times and based on different versions of osCommerce and it was insane; the differences between them were enormous and trying to make a unified version with the only differences being the visual customisation proved impossible.

Having said that, 'Rich 2' is probably right as well.

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Traumatic scenes for car geeks as forum falls over

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TVR

Oh here come all the tired clichés from people who either knew someone who had a TVR, or else treat Jeremy Clarkson as the Messiah and believe every word he says.

Still, leaves those of us who actually own a TVR to enjoy them, I guess, whilst the sheeple buy boring cars and trot out their half-baked secondhand ill-informed opinions.

(Although, I will admit that build quality was variable and they do need a little fettling to be at their best)

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RE: Consultants & TVR's

Always amuses me when you turn up on a client site in a 15 year-old TVR that is worth maybe £8k (ie. less than a small hatchback) and people say "clearly we're paying you too much".

My attitude is that if you think being a contractor is such an easy life with easy money, why aren't you doing it? You too could be driving an £8k labour of love.

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Shagbook won't take Facebook thrust lying down

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Filofux

Back in the 1980's the "Little Black Book" was replaced by the "Filofux" (note spelling) so I guess the "Shagbook" is the next logical extension.

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Gnome Classic

I installed Ubuntu 11.04 and likewise was aghast at the steaming pile of uselessness that was the default UI.

Fortunately someone told me to log out, and when logging back in choose "Gnome Classic" as the UI from the logon screen.

Much usability restored.

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Gamer claims complete console collection

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Gizmondo

I was impressed to see a Gizmondo in there. I didn't realise any of them had actually been sold.

I still have my developer one in a drawer somewhere

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X2 triplex super-chopper in final flight

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re: Rotodyne

And quieter - the noise it made is what ultimately contributed to its demise.

I've often wondered why the Rotodyne design was never resurrected.

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Google: The one trick pony learns a second trick

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re: I Eat Cannibals

You said: "The only true source of creativity I see in today's tech landscape is Apple, inventor of the cell phone, the tablet, and the MP3 player"

This is a joke, I presume? Apple invented none of those.

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Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?

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re: Start Over

@ j2-core

You said "Now I have a wife and a kid and want to post pics but not to all of my friends and I don't have time to select the individual friends I want to share with"

Facebook already has something analogous to Circles - it's just not very obvious. You can create lists and add your friends to those lists.

Then when you share something, the text field where you add the friends to share with also accepts lists as well as individual friends. So you can share to one or more lists rather than individual friends.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s 14in Core i5 laptop

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Keyboard layout

Really disappointed to see that they've chosen to make the bottom-left key "Fn" rather than "Ctrl".

For some reason I just simply can't get on with that layout (I've tried) and that would put me off buying one.

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Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

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re: Despite trying hard to keep up...

yes, this one slipped by me. As did the checkbox that lets friends of friends see wall posts and photos in which they have tagged you, which is perhaps far more concerning and annoyed I only just discovered that one - when did that get added?

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An introduction to static code analysis

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Rubbish article

The author states that nobody writes C++ any more and makes a thinly-disguised sneer at the "misfortune" that you may have to maintaining it, then goes on to contradict himself by making a long list of market sectors that do actively develop in C++.

For the record, myself and a large number of others do actively develop in C++. And with judicious use of smart pointers and RAII techniques, there is absolutely no reason to have resource leaks. And all without some bloated garbage collection that cleans up when it feels like it rather than when you want it.

The whole article seems to be a cross between an advert for a tool and a troll for comments.

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Ten... fantasy gadgets you wish you owned

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Kiln People

The temporary cloning of yourself onto a humanoid "blank" in David Brin's "Kiln People" would be pretty useful.

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Some wouldn't work

All great books, but some just wouldn't work.

For example, Snow Crash predicts a Metaverse and we now have them. Plus, like a lot of Neal's work it would be fairly inpenetrable for the average Joe.

Cryptonomicon even more so.

The Legacy of Heorot is "Aliens done properly" and people would just see it as a remake of Aliens.

Ringworld would be interpreted as Halo, even though it predates it.

Deathworld would be seen as another Starstip Troopers - all guns and shooting aliens and... actually, that sounds pretty good. :o)

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Japanese nuke meltdown may be underway

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So much junk science and ignorance

As someone has already mentioned, anyone with any knowledge of physics and reactor design can see that this situation is under control now.

I was sent a really interesting (and long) blog post today written by someone who appears to know what they are talking about. He's a PHD working at MIT and whose father worked in the German nuclear industry.

http://morgsatlarge.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/why-i-am-not-worried-about-japans-nuclear-reactors/

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Council loses USB of patient records

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Safend Protector

My current client's security policy is that *all* USB memory devices are encrypted and Safend Protector runs on all machines and actively blocks all attempts to write to non-encrypted devices.

Why on earth are they not using something like this? Allow users to write to unencrypted devices and they will.

As an aside, the employee should be sacked for Gross Misconduct.

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Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft

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Qt is GPL and may survive

Hopefully Qt will get forked PDQ and will continue to be developed, although being GPL will be of less use (those seriously using it have commercial licenses).

Damn shame - Qt was just starting to look like a serious cross-platform development framework.

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Flickr thinks again about 4,000 pix loss

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re: why don't they offer a useful function...

The trouble with allowing users to back up their metadata is that, presumably, you'd need a way of allowing them to restore it too. Which could somewhat open the floodgates for people forging comments, feedback, and the like.

Having said that, in the case of Flickr, it would be damn useful to at least be able to back up the title, description, keywords, tags and people. In other words all the stuff you can enter yourself (as opposed to social stuff like comments and faves that come from other people)

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

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Stop

It's the metadata

If eBay closed someone's account and they lost all their trading history and feedback rankings, people wouldn't be saying "what a moron for not backing it up" because there is no way of backing up stuff like this.

This situation is the same - the photos themselves are (ironically) of minor loss as he has them backed up.

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