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Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'

fridaynightsmoke

Cool, so now we can find Pokemon on Google Maps

but they've still removed the ability to see, on a mobile on the move, which of two different routes is faster in current traffic.

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

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29. Don't watch TV any more.

In reply to various people above, I'm 29 and certainly can afford a TV, which currently gets watched for a total of around 2 hours a week. It gets used to display TV programmes from the computer for perhaps the same again, making total TV watching about 4 hours per week.

Among people I know TV just isn't relevant to them any more. It's not even as though they're watching it all through iPlayer (etc) either, they're just *not watching*. The internet, whether Youtube clips or forums, games and so on is their primary source of entertainment.

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Boffins power wearable tech with body static

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Re: Micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane

I didn't have time to get a good reading before I was thrown out of the shop...

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Micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane

The last time I saw a surface of micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane it was in the window of Ann Summers...

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Hooray! The government is concentrating on engineering!

By which I mean "oh Christ, the government is going to fuck up engineering".

I do wish that certain out of touch public school boys (applied to at least Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband) would concentrate on what the government itself is doing (taxes, NHS, military, education, roads) and not constantly try to decide what the rest of the economy needs to do.

Most of the time these initiatives are conceived by people with lobbyists whispering in their ears and will benefit only the employers of those lobbyists. Everybody else pays. The at least 50% of the economy made up of people and companies doing things the average person or politician has never heard of will carry on as usual, and deal with the unintended consequences.

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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Facepalm

Double glazing gel

"gel it what makes windows double glazing and strong, gel is inside all double and triple glazed windows"

Yes, the 'gel' between the panes of glass in a double glazed window is normally a very light substance consisting of a mix of around 79% Nitrogen and 20% oxygen. I hear that the aerospace industry is familiar with that substance and indeed relies on it utterly already. There is probably a thick layer of it protecting the cockpit glass, and it doesn't seem to help.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Re: Is this technique why Tony Blair forced the UK to join the Attack on Iraq?

Bingo. I don't think the powers that be are remotely interested in what you or I have had for breakfast or our minor crimes; what I am concerned about is the pressure that could be applied to campaign groups, select politicians who don't "toe the line" and so on. That's the worrying aspect of too-powerful surveillance.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Commuter nav

I commute out from the middle of Birmingham to a satellite town every morning, and back into the city at night. The evening commute is normally the worse. There are a number of different overall routes that can reasonably be taken, with the most usual having 3 legs, with a couple of possible routes for each leg.

I used to use Google Nav purely for traffic information, until the last update cocked it up completely and removed the option to check alternative routes in real time.

What I really want is an Android app that can be programmed with the routes in advance, and using accurate real time traffic information tell me what the quickest way home is. Google used to be a fair approximation of this, but they've gone for UI bling instead of usability (who the hell wants to start navigating from somewhere other than 'here' anyway, why must it now ask every time?). I'd be prepared to pay at least £50 for such an app. Are you listening, TomTom?

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Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

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Facepalm

"Six million people live in Hong Kong in the most densely packed transport network in the world. How many live in that little London place?"

LMGTFY... 8 million.

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

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Coat

"Reports did not divulge how Lovell was caught."

With his pants down, presumably.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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I knew those bastards at "Hobbycraft" were up to no good,

along with a local supplier of fuels and 'lubricants', "CP Petroleum". We're on to you!!!!1!

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Virgin Media hangs from traffic lights, hands out free Wi-Fi to Brummies

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That's what those antennae are for then,

I thought the council had put stuff in to monitor traffic flows (and modify traffic light timings etc) while the Queensway tunnels are closed.

Ho-hum, I suppose that's all rather too difficult compared to issuing a press release saying "Hurrr use teh bus lol".

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Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

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Stop

Re: London centric obsessing

"Why not place your office in Brum"...

Shhh, don't tell them that! We don't want Shoreditch twats and 'social media consultants' moving up here, FFS.

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

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Facepalm

Re: We already have a system that you pay more the more you drive...

@Drem: The last figures I saw, the fuel duty and VED from lorries alone pays for all the road construction and maintenance in the UK. All the taxation on other motor vehicles goes elsewhere.

So no, car drivers are not being subsidised by other taxpayers. Much the opposite.

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Stop

Road pricing. No thanks.

They call it 'Road Pricing' here, and every time it comes up people tell the government where they can stick it. The 1,800,000 signatures on the UK Gov petition site against it (the most any petition on there has ever had) says as much.

As said above, we already pay huge amounts of tax proportioned both to road use and fuel economy in the form of fuel duty. A massively expensive per-vehicle tracking system would either raise less money for the government or cost motorists far more and have attendant horrible privacy implications.

Everyone likes to imagine that road pricing would leave their commutes clear and/or save them money, which cannot be the case. It depends on pricing *someone* off the roads, and that someone is you.

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Pirate

Cash is king.

That is all.

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SimCity 2000

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Megaphone

Police stations

I still have that sound clip burned into my brain.. the one with the siren then a garbled woman saying something like "betas copburger 128 9" or whatever. It doesn't help that it seems to be the go-to clip of police radio used on TV, films etc.

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Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

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FAIL

Re: Fake Profiles

I had a message once from a supermodel who lived in Wolverhampton. Her pastimes were walking on the beach and skiing in the mountains. I didn't realise there were beaches and mountains near Wolverhampton. Also I didn't know they used US 110v sockets in Wolverhampton, but according to her photos they do. You learn something every day, don't you?

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Flame

Open a window,

fire out. Job done!

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Boffin

Forklift performance

The poor acceleration of forklifts is due mainly to their enourmous weight- a '2.5t' forklift will weigh approximately 4 tonnes unladen. They do usually use small car engines, tuned for increased torque at low revs.

The slow acceleration is also largely by design; you don't want >4 tonnes of iron with forks sticking out of the front doing any appreciable speed in your average warehouse, surrounded by meatbags and goods of varying fragility and monetary value. On the open road the rear-wheel steering also makes forklifts very unstable at speed (well, >10mph).

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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Stop

Penrith Motorway Services... IN SPACE!

Was there an episode about running out of Ginster's pasties and the diesel being ridiculously expensive, or was that an actual visit to a services?

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Brit boffins build projectile-vomiting robot to kill norovirus

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Terminator

This is what happens, Larry.

I do hope the researchers shout that at the chunk blowing 'bot.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Facepalm

Re: That Google story is amazing

$220,000,000,000 / $750,000 = $293,333 returned per dollar invested, over 13 years.... which is rather better than the average savings account.

I think in the 'wounder!' stakes this comfortably beats the story of the record exec who turned down the Beatles.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Go

Begin settling space,

and ship off thousands of vegetarians to Mars- what's not to like?

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Licensing snafu leaves Windows 8 open to PIRATES

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Holmes

At first I was excited by this news...

... but then I realised that I don't bloody want Win8.

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Police mirth after plastic plod puts out call for 'PC World'

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Coat

Good thing the printer was working,

otherwise a call would have gone out for PC Load Letter.

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A bitter spill to swallow, or 'how to smeg up your keyboard'

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Boffin

Not just Apple

I had one of the cheap (£10) Cherry keyboards here at work, which met a sticky end after I spilled about half a can of Coke on it...

I tried disassembling and cleaning, which stopped the keys sticking down, but still I had several 'dead' keys. Closer inspection revealed the sticky acidic beverge had seeped underneath the rubber membrane and corroded the tracks on the flexible circuit board.

That keyboard made its way to the Tyseley incinerator and has been replaced with another £10 keyboard, a MS model this time. If it lasts 6 years like the old one did, I'll be happy. Especially if it takes half a coke to finish it.

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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Facepalm

More rules = more loopholes, idiots.

"Them avoiding tax increases my taxes" - no it doesn't. The government taxes as much as it can from everyone and then spends accordingly.

"Why can't we ban fees for intangible goods?" - so any foreign software or internet company makes 100% profits on their UK revenues then?

"Why can't we have the government/EU make up lots of new rules.." - yes, because poiliticians are oh-so trustworthy aren't they, and would never engineer exemptions for their donors and big tax hikes for non-donors...

"Why can't we send $Globocorp packing and have indy outlets instead?" - all the UK customers of $Globocorp would disagree. Every time they use $Globocorp, they make a decision NOT to use $Competitor. There is a reason for that.

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Google adds 25 million grey building 'footprints' to Maps

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Pint

Had this in Brum for about 3 years.....

Congrats on catching up, yanks ;)

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Sky support dubs Germany 'Hitler's country'

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Coat

Re: by all accounts, a bit of a wrong 'un

Jimmy Saville and The Age Of The Train, eh? Shame he didn't seem to take any notice of the age of anything else....

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SpaceX satellite burns up on re-entry after Falcon FAIL

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FAIL

Re: Try reading the article

I blew a candle out the other day, it was horrible, there was wax everywhere and the windows shattered.

Apparently.

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STONEHENGE: Attack of the RAYGUN HISTORIANS

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Coat

Idiots!

It's quite clearly the supports for an ancient elevated roundabout.

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Nominet mulls killing off the .co from .co.uk

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FAIL

Re: Who Cares...

"And, when was the last time you saw a domain name on a print or TV advert?"

webuyanycar.com, confused.com and wonga.com all were advertised on the radio this morning when I was driving to work.

Almost every print advert I saw in The Times today had a domain name shown.

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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Facepalm

I used to work at McD

It was my first job... the McFlurry chocolate was roughly dosed by the dispenser (similarly to an optic in a pub).

Giving extra choc to favoured customers/employees was quite common, along with extra fudge in the sundaes, 'special' burgers with an extra patty etc. The standard response from management was to get an unofficial bollocking, unless someone was really taking the piss and noticeably doing it regularly, in which case further action would be taken.

I was once collared helping myself to a sundae consisting mostly of chocolate sauce, instead of the 1cm at the bottom of the cup a regulation single pump of the dispenser would give you. It lead only to a 'quiet word' from the shift manager.

I wonder if there's more involved in this case, eg a pattern of regular 'bad employee' behaviour (whatever that might be), each instance just below the threshold for 'doing something' and this case providing the excuse for a sacking; or whether the manager involved is just a power crazed arse. We shall never know.

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Mighty quake shook ENTIRE PLANET, broke tectonic plate

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Coat

Vulcanism

So an increase in vulcanism means the locals won't necessarily live long, or prosper?

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

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Pint

Re: Hug an eel

It's obvious what happened.

He didn't know his arse from his eel-bow.

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NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

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Coat

But-

Some sod will no doubt erect a speed camera just past Jupiter, enforcing a 0.40C speed limit to protect the unique patterns present in the asteroid belt....

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All you need to know about nano SIMs - before they are EXTERMINATED

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Re: Erm...

"You could have searched on any search engine for "1 wire seral" and found that it requires a ground connection as well as the signal connection and thus requires two wires to function. But you didn't."

Which means that a SIM can't communicate with a phone using 1 signal connection (in addition to the ground already mentioned) how?

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FAIL

Re: Erm...

You could have Googled "1 wire serial" and enlightened yourself by reading about the well used protocol called "1 wire", in use for many years; but you didn't.

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I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

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Boffin

Re: 10x optical zoom?

I would assume that these binoculars have a significantly longer minimum focal length than a camcorder, therefore the '10x' on these will give you a closer look than '32x' the very wide-angle lens of a camcorder.

TL,DR: 10x a lot is more than 32x not much.

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Humanity facing GLOBAL BACON SHORTAGE

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FAIL

Re: Idea

"People are wasting resources on unnecessary things!!", says man using computer, drawing ~200W from the national grid to post brainfarts on an internet forum.

Again.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

fridaynightsmoke
FAIL

Right..

Won't this lead to a big increase in fly tipping, backyard burning etc etc?

As for 'reducing packaging', that falls into the same bin as 'reducing lorry miles'; all concerned have teams of people already working on that. Believe it or not, encasing stuff in packaging (and sending lorries down the road) costs surprising amounts of money, so companies who do such things already have a substantial interest in reducing both.

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Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time

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Coat

Re: Reason at last

...and it's not our fault you didn't object to the plans for the intergalactic bypass, either.

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Ofcom begged to protect minicab, other small-biz's radio spectrum

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Megaphone

Re: And of course...

For company contracts, calls between the company mobiles are normally free*.

*well, bundled anyways.

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McAfee puts Barnaby Jack on car-jacking hackers' case

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FAIL

Blowout != puncture

A puncture is a slow loss of tyre pressure, via a small (i.e punctured) hole.

A blowout is a sudden loss of tyre pressure (and often pieces of tyre) via a big gaping hole.

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Olympics TV HQ future: Catwalk beauties elbowed out by IT bods

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Re: Use of waste heat?

"You're forgetting a few other forms of energy... Kinetic, Sound, Light etc..."

....which all end up as heat.

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fridaynightsmoke
Boffin

Re: Use of waste heat?

"I would also take issue with the 55MW in / 55MW out as there will be a bit of work done with the power!"

As far as I know for all practical purposes 100% of the electricity used by a computer (or anything else electronic) ends up as local heat. The 'work being done' in this case is the shuffling of bits, and once they're shuffled they have the same energy content as before. Possibly if the site was writing vast quantities of flash memory and then physically shipping it out, then some of the 55MW would leave as electrical charge in the memory, and not as heat.

The upshot is that if your house is electrically heated with no Economy 7 meter (like mine, unfortunately) you could in theory replace your heaters with an appropiate number of computers (drawing the same total power) and have your 'heating system' mine Bitcoins, or run Folding@Home or whatever, and get more value out of the electricity you would have used anyway for heating.

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YouTube video has NOT killed radio's star

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Megaphone

Radio good for discovery

Radio is good for discovering music precisely because it's someone else's choice. If you're just searching on Youtube then 99% of what you hear is your own choice, therefore you're unlikely to hear anything new.

As for 'recommendations', a lot of the time people are reluctant/too busy etc to actually listen to something new, whereas on the radio you're almost forced to. The tradeoff is of course having to listen to several hours of godawful shite* to hear one good track (on average).

*in one's opinion, YMMV

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How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold

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Stop

Why is my money being spent on this?

That is all.

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Facebook touts gambling to 'responsible' Brits

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Coat

Re: The Sun eh?

I thought a sizeable number of FB users were already tits....

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