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Ethicists say Facebook's experiments not SO creepy

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Ahh yes. I can see it now..

Oh no officer.. I wasn't shoplifting.. I was studying the security measures the shop employs, as I walked out with this 42 inch flat screen under my arm.. I just umm.. didn’t see fit to let them know beforehand.

That'll hold up in court.. right?

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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"I'm still not convinced smart meters will really help. I take energy usage seriously but I wouldn't gain much from such an app. By being interested in energy saving(*) I already know how to determine which appliances are the worst offenders(**). Those not interested will probably ignore the display anyway."

And which ones have you used?

Determining which appliance is a heavy user of electricity is not the same as seeing a real time energy use figure.

(*)Then you should be delighted to see the introduction of a meter for both gas and electricity. You can track it all. Run experiments on different lighting, verify that the fridge door is closed, or that the light is not left on in the bathroom.

(**) Like when you don't close it properly, or it is mostly cooling air, and you briefly open it, or when you turn it up too high, and it stops refrigerating, and starts freezing?

Those not interested will not be interested, and hey.. water is wet.. SURPRISE..

"And when all's said and done what is anyone supposed to do with the knowledge that their fridge is the biggest consumer? Go into the kitchen and give it a good talking to? Spend several hundred pounds replacing it with a newer model in order to save a quid a month?"

Umm... you haven't bought a fridge in a long time.. have you?

But what will real time awareness change?

I had one for a few months when I was part of a beta test for a different product, and they used a little clamp meter to measure my electricity consumption before and after the tested item was fitted. The real time awareness alters behaviour.

Turning the kettle on less often, turning the lights out when not in use. Not having the telly on when nobody is watching. Only using the oven when unavoidable..

"Does anyone really leave energy hogging appliances running excessively long without realising it? Would such people pay any attention anyway?"

Yes. I did. An extra 10 minutes or so preheating the oven.. No big deal..Right? And for heating up a frozen pizza. perfectly economical.. Right? And surely a flat screen TV doesn’t use that much leccy.. does it? And the kitchen light is a fluorescent.. low power.. innit.

From experience, rather than contrarian conjecture.. When you have an up to the minute indication of how much electricity you are using right now,, It is surprising how often you think twice about starting the kettle boiling a second time, because you had to futz about with something for two minutes, or letting something defrost on the counter in it's own time, instead of sticking it in the microwave.

But hey.. I'm sure you will use more power in protest.. Right?

From experience.. It does indeed make a difference. From a high horse. many things are difficult to see.

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OKCupid: OK, STUPID, YES we set you up with BAD DATES. On purpose

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Re: Contract conditions?

"So if they suddenly change it so that 'matches' are nothing more than random pairings are they no longer selling what they took money for?"

As opposed to careful selections based on rigorous scientific principles you mean?

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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Re: wearable robots

"Can everyone jump on the "wearable" bandwagon now please? Are we missing anyone? Is that everybody?"

No.. We are still waiting on the commentoads who smugly reject anything new until it becomes commonplace. But I expect they will as usual, sidle in, and try to make out they were here all along.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Devil's Advocate...

"Isn't having CP in your possession strict liability, i.e. someone else put it there is no defence? If Google have such content on UK servers plod are surely duty bound to get cuffing Google employees..."

No.

Safe harbour rules. Google do not check each and every Youtube upload, so can not be held responsible if illegal content turns up through the actions of a service user. And so long as they remove it when informed, no foul on their part.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: A quote from Hawking

3) They exist, but are so far away that we can't see any evidence of them.

This is no different to my dad, who never left a 20 mile radius of where he was born, dismissing Spain as a fairy story.

In the far reaches of space.. What would tip us off to the presence of a gigantic city sized space craft, when we can barely discern suns that far away?

If it takes a few million years for the light or radio waves from some distant sun to reach us, then what we see is the past. Not the present. So that distant earth like planet might very well have already been colonised, striped of resources, and abandoned... What we see from here, is the light and radiation from before the time of dinosaurs.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Twitter and Bisted

Nearly..

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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"Bearing in mind it has to be powered from a micro USB and mustn't cost more than £50, what core would you suggest?"

Does it matter?

What ever was selected would be not enough, or too much. The objective is not to criticise the specification, but to whine about it not being the right one.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Re: Irony overload...

Don't worry..

Someone will be along to explain to us how it's actually a FRAND patent, and Apple would license it if they were being given a fair price..

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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Re: Spoiled?

So will everybody else who was going to watch. So really.. What harm is actually done?

A few people get less suspense. Their loss.

A few big mouths "spoil" the totally unpredictable and original stories that are not borrowed from anywhere else.. Honest.. Avoid them.

And a few over excitable people go into a sulk.

The horror..

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Nope.. Autopilots have been available for remote controlled aircraft for ages.

And radio controlled aircraft are not necessarily fragile balsa wood and tissue paper things. If they were, the jet engine models wouldn’t survive take off.

Main difference as far as I can see is UAV sounds far more menacing than toy helicopter, in a story about a bloke being stupid enough to fly a toy helicopter near an airport.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!

Don't know about Rapid, but the CPC one is big. Phone book big. They sent me one once. My purchase must have been over a certain limit or something.

Easier to use the website.

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Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!

Yeah..

Problem is.. very little is supplied, and the prices they demand make it daft to go there.

These shops have had their day. Just as the old hifi shops and electronics shops that they crowded out of business have had their day.

Replaced by a bloke with a spare bedroom and a box of components he got cheap, and is now splitting into hobbyist friendly lots.

CPC are worth using. Free delivery, great range, and real electronic components for a competitive price.

And they have a nice range of cheap crap to keep the kids happy too.

Maplin.. Too expensive, too poorly stocked. Too many shop assistants who have no idea about the stock trying to sell extended warranties.

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Before this degenerates into the usual EU phobic nonsense, can we remember this little bit of the article..

"The Court of Justice of the European Union said in its original ruling that courts will ultimately arbitrate on each request - and their decision must balance freedom of expression rights, as well as privacy rights."

Which basically means it is NOT GOOGLE who gets to decide. And any deletions they make are 100% their call, not forced compliance with any rules.

Google is basically pulling a work to rule ploy. Not complying with a law. So if you want to rant at someone, rant at Google.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Re: Fingers crossed

"But please please can we get back to some old-fashioned simple 'bad guys get butts kicked' stories, with a bit less of the brain-aching season-arcing uber-plots??!"

No.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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"I thought most developments (with regards driving aids rather than the 'leccy windows) were originally developed in Formula 1 cars - like ABS, semi-auto gearboxes, etc"

Quite possibly.

But OP stated "introduced" Not developed.

The Ford Fiesta was not the first street car with ABS was it?

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Today in IT news: iPad Fleshlight a reality

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Re: N! S! F! W!

Well they can use it when they get home then.

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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Re: I wonder...

"...how quick MPs and MEPs will be to have all record of their expenses fiddling and sexual conquests purged from the public record."

Not very.. Public interest. Non qualifying. Not deleted.

"The EU can't even get their accounts in order; tells you something about how little they actually care about public interest."

And as you can't even stick to the scope of the law being discussed, tells us all we need to know about your credibility too.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: non story

"A lot of people on El reg work in IT. This story of extra costs rings true."

No it doesn't.

"No-one ever wanted a female mario or female sonic."

No one ever played a mario or sonic game that was a proper RPG, with customisable characters.

In games of this type however, it's the norm. Not just two genders, but multiple body types/species/heads/voices/outfits..

"The guy sounds reasonable, they wanted a female character but realised the costs.... simple.!"

Not really..

Female meshes abound. Add an extra mesh option with the same animation rigs, and job done. Near zero costs. In fact, the modelling for a single building probably would cost more.

Other RPGs allow players to play which ever gender they like, AND which ever species they like, with individual animation styles for each species. Elves don't move like Dwarves, and mages don't lumber like big human barbarians.

This is not a new and unusual thing. This is the default for RPGs. Even the free ones..

So please.. cut the crap. A female option is not actually expensive.

Hire some out of work actor to do the voice acting, and job done. Probably for less money than they pay forum stuffers.

Something else is the excuse, but it ain't costs or animation complexity.

Puritanical policy decision?

Worries about ratings being tightened up to avoid impossibly over developed female stereotypes?

Insecure male management?

But cost and complexity.. Please.. The other one's got bells on.

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Apple seeks 'friendly' mouthpiece after losing tight-lipped Cotton spinner – report

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Hmm..

Anybody know what Peter Mandelson is doing these days?

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Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

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Re: When you are clueless...

When you are powerless... You believe all things impossible.

Flying car.. Done, Years and years ago. Utterly impractical, but still done. It drove, and it flew. Bolt on wings and tail carried in a trailer. It did however require a pilot'#s license as well as a driving license, and all kinds of permits.

Submarine car.. With electric motors.. why on earth not? Possible?.. Yes. Practical? Hell no, but an interesting design challenge. Being able to spend six months parked at the north pole is not a requirement. Being able to convey one or more people under power while fully submerged is. Scuba gear requirement optional.

Retracting wheels, propulsion pods mounted at the sides.. Not actually that hard.

To achieve these (for want of a better word) goals, a retail model is not actually required, So doesn't even need to be street legal.

If he wants to blow his money on this, nobody has any need to stop him.

If he wants to make things for the fun of it.. More power to him.

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Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

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Re: What, only one?

Someone must be doing a Tokyo Flash review somewhere.

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"Do you actually believe Teenagers will" miss out on a chance to display another logo on their person.. a watch... a pair of boxer shorts, shoes, sun glasses, hats..

Fixed it for you.

Big question that nobody has asked..

Will it be waterproof from launch, or does that come as a firmware update.

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Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt

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So....

Throwing a hissy fit and taking the ball home not found endearing..

Shocked surprise.

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

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"Unfortunately it's virtually impossible to legislate against stupidity."

It is however, quite possible to punish the stupid once caught.

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Apple? More like FAP-PLE: Fanbois are the BIGGEST PERVS, say people who know

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Re: Not surprising

"Its not surprising as iOS has the most mobile traffic on the web with people who actually use their devices."

And did you at least wash your hands before you posted that..

No point making excuses.. we know what you were doing.

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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

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Re: Perhaps it's time Amazon delivered a solution.

@ James

Perhaps it's time you figured out what happens in a warehouse in a business like Amazon's..

hint.. Not just storing stuff.

I believe Wally world had the same unhappy ending when they came across the concept of trying to apply American staff relations to European employment laws.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: Has

"Hasn't someone pointed out to Apple that Beats headphones are mediocre? Style over substance? Show but no go?"

But you can see the logo from ten feet away.. What else matters?

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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"You've clearly never been in a car with my wife driving."

So more of a die switch then.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: For added irony, on the story's page

"btw, how do you encrypt a pigeon?"

Have you considered a shotgun?

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: heh

"Its nice to see that at least one kid was interested. You have to worry that we will eventually run out of interested people and just be left with the iPhone generation who are clueless when the "Cloud" stops working after the last engineer dies."

I wouldn't worry much. Our generation hardly distinguishes it's self as technical savants. Twelve o'clock flashers exist. As do the geniuses who use their computer until it finally stops booting before they bring it for repair..

The kid who gets more fun from grabbing a screwdriver and taking stuff apart than playing with it will always be with us.

The kid who takes stuff apart, if nurtured will also learn to put it back together again.

The kid who puts stuff back together will also figure out how to make it better.

And that my dear.. is where engineers come from.

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Re: Who taught these children ??

"I think a behavourial science student would have a field day with these children. Modesty was obviously not a prime candidate thoughout their upbringing and what's with the Soap Opera theatrics."

Nah. they would have seen it all before... The girl at the start who simultaneously turned her head as the blanket was removed saying "whaaat iiiiis iiit" in her best "I can't decide if I'm supposed to be confused or disgusted, so I'll be both" voice was so bloody contrived, it may as well be scripted. Not even looking at what she decided to be mystified by before she started speaking. Watch her eyes, she was concentrating on her line.

I stomached about 2 minutes of it.

These are kids who have obviously been coaxed to act up for the camera. And as much as I enjoy making fun of Americans, this is pretty much universal. I could go to any UK class room and find the same personalities to bring out.

It isn't even contemporary society. Just the most self centred part being presented.

Allowed to freely express themselves, kids are fascinating to talk to. And get a smart one engaged, you can practically see their brain light up.

This was "be funny for the nice man with the camera" behaviour.

Anybody notice the kid who liked pushing buttons got so much less screen time than Miss Walmart checkout girl of the year 2034?

Right.. Proceed with fanboy rage.. I could use a good laugh after that.

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China ponders ban on IBM servers

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Re: Hmmmm.....

"I suspect that all IBM needs to do to make this go away is bribe the right chinaman."

Is that instead of, or as well as, the existing campaign contributions to American politicians?

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Re: ebay's password policy ...

I find the best is something easy to type, and easy to remember.

So mine is "***********".

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

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Re: Delusions and Dreams. An Economic Know-Nothings in the FT

So basically..

China isn't doing what we do, so it can't possibly work. Even though our economies don't actually work either.

Consultant.. right?

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Scoff ye not: Chap carves crunchy carrot-copter

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Re: Some gag about software Bugs

Or a whole new meaning for carrot fly?

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: Convergence

"What's the point? They're two different things. It's like bridging the gap between your trousers and a hat."

I believe that would be a shirt.

Which is an actual need. This is more like bridging the gap between shoe and sock.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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"iMessage is iOS/OS X only.

This lawsuit is ridiculous."

SMS is universal.

This law suit has merit.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: dead animals: yes

"Is it true or urban legend that the sphincter muscles relax on death?"

True. Everybody craps themselves on the point of death.

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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Re: 12 minute battery?

12 minutes is about normal for small RC non fixed wing stuff I think. The general idea is to get a bunch of batteries and not fly for long periods.

Remember this is a helicopter. It's glide path is perpendicular.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: I always thought it was ......

Because for some, price = quality, and brand = status.

Guess who also buy iThingies..

Sound quality is not a factor here.

And really. If you are only using them in an iProduct, a good set of buds will not turn a sows ear in to a silk purse. No pair of headphones or speakers or amp will ever push out better sound than the source can provide. So a good pair is really a waste of time.

The cans are crap. No argument. But they are expensive, and a recognised brand. And more importantly.. people can SEE the logo. Which is all that matters.

The perfect storm for brandwashed fanboys. Expect Beats phones to become magical products of immaculate industrial design that we haters are only mocking because we can't afford them.

It could really only be funnier if they were buying BOSE.

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

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Re: Serious errata - err, do what? @NoOnions

"Does a ham&lettuce sandwich have the ham and the lettuce on the outside? No, they are in the middle. So a Dave&Heston sandwich would have the Dave and the Heston in the middle."

Whereas a wholegrain, ham, and lettuce sandwich has the wholegrain bread where exactly?

Sometimes the type of bread is mentioned too. Before or after the filling. Or in this case, both.

Just can't get quality pedants these days. Even in a sandwich.

Mines the one with a pitta pocket.

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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Re: These peer fellows...

Yes. Not that winning a raffle has much to do with immunity to twattage. Especially as the ones proposing this in the first place were elected.

But the thinning out by Teflon Tony a few years ago of hereditary peers means that more and more are ex ministers and people who can be "relied on" who are granted peerages.

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: I've missed something here

No.

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Behold! World's smallest 3D-printer pen Lix artists into shape – literally

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Re: Bah! Old news

Yes. But not with such fine control and delicate lines. Kind of important with artistic tools.

People have been doing pyrography for centuries too. But a nice wire tipped pyro pen is a very different tool to the end of a poker shoved in a fire until it is glowing red. Still just scorching wood though.

There is nothing new under the sun, so demanding it be otherwise is futile.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

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Re: Think 3rd world...

"Doesn't anyone hunt animals for food anymore?"

Not unless they refuse to drop my sandwich on command.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

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1) Newer batch = problem solved.

2) Newer batch uses different camera module.

3 Newer batch uses different revision of the board.

If the camera was one of a faulty batch from the manufacturer, then the next batch may very well be fine. Even though it is the same model number, same spec, same everything.

The parts used, the PCB, and sometimes, even the machinery used in manufacture are not necessarily the same from unit 1 to the last one to roll off the line. So a new unit of the exact same model can often be quite different inside.

In the electronics world, even high end test gear that costs thousands is not immune to having a few little bodge wires put on at the factory or a different revision of the board used part way through the product's manufacturing life.

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CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

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Re: Outgassing

I believe a cranial rectal insertion might solve the problem of noxious emissions from both ends.

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'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

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Well. if it's his little plastic popgun, then it's probably true. Not so many people are going to continue mugging someone after they blow their own damn fool hand off.

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