* Posts by The last doughnut

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'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display'

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I heard a rumour that Apple are going to skip the 6s and 7 and go straight for the iPhone 8. They plan to release about a dozen different versions that are all fundamentally incompatible with each other. Then withdraw support for all but a few within 18 months. Now that's what I call customer service!

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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Indeed a lovely shot - he's even managed to leave the propellor a little blurred.

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School's in for Chromebooks, Google's the top swot in class

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Created by Google as a low-cost method for increasing the number of people using the internet without feeding the Redmond monster.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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Re: the real problem with the Gimp

Work has been in progress for a number of years! But anyway 8 bits is plenty for most purposes.

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UFRaw.

Or, if you're really handy, a custom C++ program to do the job

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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Nandos

I think this now explains two of the world great mysteries:

1) what happened to the dinosaurs

2) where do Nandos source their not particularly appetising low-cost protein content

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It tastes just like chicken

Interesting angle on the molecular link to evolution. Seems to support the theory of evolution through natural selection. Except of course its a load of bunkum - the world and all of the earthly creatures were created in just five days about six thousand years ago.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Facepalm

There is another interpretation. The media need to sell a story and the best election story would be something like "Election too close to call - say pollsters".

And does the media ever properly explain how polls are conducted and what statistical methods are used? They don't usually even state the size of the sample.

The Scots independence referendum polls were accurate to the eventual result right up until 2 or 3 weeks before the vote, then suddenly they were declaring it undecided. And look at the outcome of that.

Even worse, the parties fight their campaigns according to what the polls are saying. Look at how that worked out for Milliblub.

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Malfunctioning Russian supply podule EXPLODES above Pacific

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"ceased to exist"

Made me chuckle and for that Jennifer wins the Friday pint

Cheers!

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Re: Why not simply look for proportions of elements

That would be an icy moon fart. Nice!

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Cop in gay porn film advised to put his helmet away

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Perhaps his further police career would be somewhat curtailed by the general knowledge of his - ahem - acting career.

Anyway at least these guys are being disciplined for their misdeeds. May put off others from doing the same.

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Nvidia ices Icera modem division, says it's leaving mobile chips biz

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Re: Again, $100m's are wasted

In order to be trusted in taking risks with other peoples money (the shareholder capital), the directors need to be paid an amount that gives the impression they are of sufficient calibre.

In this case the gamble didn't pay off.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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At last! Endless chat and kitteh pix.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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Re: impressive effort

I hope they spent rather more on it than you did

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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QUOTE: In a nutshell, the tick list for successful candidates combines a logical and mathematical mind with an ability to solve problems and a good understanding of business needs. “They may not be coders, but the sorts of people who can translate user requirements in a way that a customer understands and a developer can work with,”

In other words, we need engineers.

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SpaceX in MONEY RING shot, no spare juice for tail backdown this time

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Re: Door to Hell

There are also places in the world where coal seams are alight and can't be extinguished.

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MIPS quietly bares its processor architecture to universities

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Lost of bugs, usually

RTL is the design source code. We haven't been using schematics to design logic circuits for years now. Instead we use a hardware description language at the register-transfer level.

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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

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Re: My little runaway

True, they may not all be runaways. Some of them may be delinquents from bad neighbourhoods.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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Re: No natural disasters in Norway then?

My Sony Z3 has an FM receiver function and yes it needs the headphones lead as an aerial. BUT if it was DAB it would need two leads for diversity receive AND would still suffer from the dreaded bubbling mud.

Dead As Betamax.

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JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

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Coat

Promotional feature?

Hmm smells fishy to me

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: Radioactive?

I often perform the Philadelphia experiment in my kitchen. Favourite is between two digestives.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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Fabulous! New observations may enable us to throw out some old theories about solar system formation. My guess? The asteroid belt is the remains of a rocky planet that was smashed up early in the story.

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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To all you lot who say that voice recognition isn't secure enough. This is just one of many options available under Android. You pick whichever suits you best. Better to have a weak protection that you use than a strong one that you don't use because of the relative inconvenience.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Pay a bit more and get a 16:10 panel with IPS then hang on to it.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Trollface

You guys suck. Twice!

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

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In fact they are named after the Ferengi daimons of Star Trek the Next Generation.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/DaiMon

I thank you.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: too little too late

Mate is good and so is Cinnamon. But Xfce is better and crucially allows you to place the panel on the side of the screen, which to me is essential on a letterbox laptop.

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

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This is clearly something that doesn't move but should. Therefore squirt on some WD40.

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

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Well its kind of like a big expensive power-hungry doughnut. We pump in money here - and - er - ah yes you see that faint glow? That's fusion right there! Cool isn't it?

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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

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I saw you coming

Raytheon wins £x10^8

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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Terminator

Manned missions

I know its exciting and all, but really in practical terms there's no point in sending any human beyond low Earth orbit. Send robots instead. As long as they don't come back what could possibly go wrong?

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

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From his reported comments it seems like the man in charge was being supplied with an air-laughing gas mixture.

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Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

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Meh

Also the roads in Somerset are atrocious.

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Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

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Re: Not a Bad Idea

I used to believe in that TAG Heuer cachet. But the one I bought literally fell apart after a decade of light use.

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Vince Cable opens hipster-friendly London tech creche

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Seems like they believe the myth that the only thing we struggle with is converting cleverness into profit.

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Rosetta SNIFFS molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

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I read somewhere there's very little nitrogen on Mars.

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Home Office splashed £35m trying to escape e-Borders contract

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A confidential arbitration process

Regardless of how crap Raytheon were. The civil servants still managed to screw up the contract and left the public exposed to excess costs. Then they hold the legal proceedings in secret to try to hide their failures.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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Re: Decommissioned nukes

According to my extensive reading on the subject, Tritium is not used in the majority of nuclear weapons. The relatively short half-life is problematic for long-term storage and maintenance. Instead your typical thermonuclear device uses lithium isotopes. And also expanded polystyrene, strangely.

Fascinating if somewhat scary subject to read about, if you have a spare day and don't mind spending it on Wikipedia. The history of the test programmes is also fascinating.

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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A linux lappy running the Bash shell?

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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I want one in black

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Re: UV blue

Whereas if you photograph a violet flower or other pure violet colour source using a digital camera you get a blue.

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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

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Ja it seems some of our theories may not be fully correct ja

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Tsunami of the idiots

The Beeb has a long and proud history of science-based programming and it is sad to see that rich heritage getting trashed for the sake of mere entertainment in cases like this.

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Nice to know its not only YouView users who are stuck with a crap box.

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Gleeful Apple and Microsoft bathe in bathfuls of debt

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Re: Paying Back Bond Interest Is Cheaper Than The USA's Foreign-Made Profits Tax

Clearly they are waiting for another one of these tax holidays so they can repatriate the money without paying the tax. It is weak government that allows this sort of thing to happen.

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Re: Paying Back Bond Interest Is Cheaper Than The USA's Foreign-Made Profits Tax

What you are referring to is a tax that the corporations are legally and morally obliged to pay. This is no more a barrier than any other part of our legal or financial system.

It seems you have been bamboozled into believing the situation is more complex and ambiguous than it really is.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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How the BBC News Technology reported this

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31294745 And I quote:

The glitch is a result of the "photoelectric effect" phenomenon.

Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for his discovery that if a light hits a component and it generates a charge, it causes that component to reset.

I am guessing Rory is away skiing so they got an arts or history intern to write the article?

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Sonos revamps Wi-Fi speaker app, admits: 'We made things worse'

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This reminds me - must get pulseaudio running on my Pi

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Has the world reached PEAK TWIT? Supplies of new Twitter users are drying up

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Like many things in our wonderful modern world, the financials are out of touch with real world economics. I'm sure Tim Worstall would agree?

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Intel silicon photonics modules can't take the heat of the HPC kitchen

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Or maybe it simply doesn't work and they don't want investors to cash-out just yet?

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