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858 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

Google Glass is HIGH FASHION in September Vogue magazine

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Re: If it wasn't stone dead before

Maybe as a consumer device, but the accessibility stuff coming out of the Universities using Glass is incredible.

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Attention, addicts: LEGO meth lab pays homage to Breaking Bad

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Re: instant fail

Hydrofluoric acid

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Re: A pipeline?

What I like about Musk, though, is that he comes along with fully-formed and costed solutions. This isn't an entirely vapourware concept; he's sat down with his team and figured out the initial logistics to make it real.

He's also highlighted how governments can be utterly lazy in their own solutions as they don't really care about the costs they incur.

Why don't we have more maglev?

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Re: Intelligence!

Personally, I'd opt for quinine. Preferably in some kind of liquid form. The flavour's quite bad, though, so I'd have to mix it with something to improve it.

Cheers!

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

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Re: Found a good 3D film

I've seen a few where it worked, but it worked in the way that it only made the film more immersive, so I can't actually remember which films...

I can't stand it where they've clearly designed a scene to show that they have 3D - the natives chasing Kirk in the latest Star Trek, for instance.

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Now that brings back some memories!

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Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

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Re: ‽

Given you ended a rhetorical question with an interrobang, why the additional bang‽

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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I'm confused by this... what browser can't handle > and <?

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Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

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Re: What is news here?

Growth figures (like all statistics) are either useless or lies designed to cover an uncomfortable truth.

If I release a product tomorrow and it sells just 1 unit, that's unlimited growth.

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First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

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Re: I would eat it

I loved Kangaroo steak when I had it. I'm sure it just depends on how it's cooked, like any meat.

Wild boar is always a winner; especially the stuff I've had in the New Forest.

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Re: Can it compete with Bean Curd and Tofu?

"Dow/Monsanto/whomever with their genetically-crippled seeds that produces "sterile/non-multi-generational" seeds, the intent being to force farmers to endlessly return to the seed trough?"

While I agree this does sound like some nefarious scheme to force farmers to continually buy GM seeds, these companies are not allowed to release GM products that are multi-generational, due to the fear that they will become the dominant version of the plant, displacing/replacing version 1.0*.

* More likely 1.1 or higher, as we've domesticated the original.

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100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

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Re: 100m?

Even if it had been a true apocalyptic event, the headline would have been "Royal Baby unlikely to survive apocalypse - Public's reaction pages 2 to 32".

On a different note, why are we measuring a three-dimensional object by its length? Is it a perfect sphere of diameter 100m, or can we be told the more important mass or even volume figures? In Olympic-sized swimming pools, natch.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Makes no difference

The average user is using such cheap, slow SD cards that the spec of their PC and data bus are the least important things of concern.

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Internet overlords deny Google's 'dotless' domains dream

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Re: Hardly news

I think the news it that the IETF are completely incompetent and that at least part of it can foresee the danger that the new TLD land-grab poses to those who aren't paying huge sums of money for it (i.e., us).

I've nothing against companies suggesting new TLDs, but they should continue to be managed by decentralised, not-for-profit* organisations; and they need to be heavily vetted.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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Re: Have and have nots

"where it is dead easy and maximum profit can be achieved"

Well, they are a for-profit company, so that seems pretty reasonable.

Were their remit just to provide the best connection to the whole of the UK, this type of thing could be easily solved.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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Re: And THIS is why you bu an iPhone.

Err... there are hundreds of travel chargers... I have one for exactly the situation when I'm using the phone heavily (screen always on + GPS, for instance) on the go.

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INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

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Re: F R A G M E N T A T I O N

I thought that Jelly Bean was supposed to reduce all this by allowing UI customisation without modifying the OS so much that patches can't be applied...

Obviously there'll always be some limitation to that, but being able to supply base security updates without affecting the window manager should be standard.

Pre-ICS I was always a Sense fan, but I'm happy with AOSP now.

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Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

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Re: Oi!

Yeah, this new scheme is horrible...

Guys, just because you've paid a UI/graphics "designer" to tell you how things should look now, it doesn't mean they're right. In fact, my experience is that they rarely are right in terms of actually user happiness.

Can we vote to go back to the old system. Here's mine >

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Re: Square bullets

I couldn't find any interesting images at a cursory glance, but even during the 16th century they used hexagonal shot in cannons as early attempts at rifling.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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"Just when everybody is moving to native apps again"

No they aren't. Native has it's place, but it is not a panacea

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Re: I don't see this as an advantage.

"I hate the way classes are done (I much prefer the C++/Java/PHP way)"

Excuse me if I'm having a slow day; I'm not sure if you picked three utterly different approaches to OOP on purpose or not... Short of throwing VBA in there, I can't think of more disparate alternatives.

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Latest Firefox boosts video chat, 3D graphics, JavaScript performance

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Re: Video chat?

I'm not a Firefox user, but I trust the Fx devs to fix such an exploit faster than a third-party plugin.

Hopefully the RTC thing is an option in the preferences, as well.

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Hugs all round as Google relaunches Groups service

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Re: Organisation by email?

I really enjoyed Google Wave, while it lasted.

I made a half-arsed attempt to run my own server, but in the end people found it easier to use wikis and email.

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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Re: Work in progress

They do just tend to look like small phones tied to your wrist right now. I do quite like the styling of the Pebble, but it was just too large for me to properly consider.

Plus, apart from during exercise, I still don't know what I'd use one for...

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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

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Re: Accusation should not equal guilt

"That's why - unlike the American public defender system - we spend a fortune on the very best lawyers to defend the worst criminals"

It's worth keeping an eye on this, as the government are proposing to privatise (and de-regulate) the process, meaning that the companies making the most profit (i.e., with the least costs) will end up supplying such defense, and you don't get the option of who defends you.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Re: Wot, no Sheridan Smith?

"the plot contortions needed are too much"

You must be watching a different series to me.

I'm sure the sonic screwdriver can be used to explain it away.

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Re: Watch the trend...

I don't think you can assign Bieber a gender

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Who is your doctor?

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Re: Oh, Amazon

The article wasn't clear, but I'm pretty sure this was talking about LoveFilm.

As for the rest, I couldn't agree with you more. Why can't they all stop p*ssing about and stop with this ridiculous "exclusive" nonsense.

It's fine if you've funded the show, otherwise the content providers should just license to everyone and let the consumers decide which service is best.

Due to Netflix and LoveFilm being basically a non-overlapping Venn diagram, I've opted to spend my money with BlinkBox and Google Play, paying to rent on a per-movie basis.

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

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Re: Socalist broadcasting is now OO

Overly-subtle attempt at humour or fall in to self-parody?

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Re: So we can disable the laugh track.

Or, apparently, we'll all form some kind of "conformation bias" and all cut out the same thing...

I know the Beeb are famous for their birtspeak, but did he actually mean "conformation bias"?

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BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

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Brilliant...

This better be a super smooth transition. A few of the silver surfers I look after are on BT Yahoo! and have a tendency to only mention that their email hasn't worked for X months when I visit.

Hopefully they'll be able to sensibly transition the IMAP/SMTP details so I don't have to reconfigure everything (that's what DNS and MX records are for, right?).

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Opera debuts Chromium-luvvin' desktop browser Next 15

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Re: Impressions so far.

> You should stop caring about browsing surveys [snip]

There, fixed that for you.

Honestly, my browser experience is far more important to me than other people's.

Fail is for surveys in general.

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Re: Impressions so far.

Will give this a try tonight, but you've listed a number of my favourite Opera features...

Given how bad the new Opera Mobile is, I seriously hope they are still planning a lot of work on these.

If Mobile doesn't get better soon, I'm either going to roll back or find an alternatively and lose thinks like Link.

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Better Place electric car outfit goes titsup

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Re: Chicken, Meet Egg.

I don't disagree with you (I don't own an e-car and am unlikely to buy one any time soon), but:

"A classic car on the other hand - there is a station every 5-10km and refuelling takes mere minutes"

This was kind of the point I was trying to make. When the automobile first appeared, this was not true and people had to stockpile their own petrol/diesel/coal or buy it in shops.

The technology is in its infancy and I'd be shocked if these problems aren't solved over time.

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Re: Chicken, Meet Egg.

Had the Internet existed when the petroleum-powered horseless carriage was being pioneered, I'm sure that existing horse-drawn carriage owners would have been saying something similar.

"These contraptions are a solution looking for a problem, what-ho."

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Re: Bill is right this time.

"You can't craft your tax law so that it allows corporations to pay less taxes and then complain when they use it."

The problem isn't that simple. Tax laws start simple and become a convoluted mess in an attempt to encourage foreign business.

Say, McBurger comes to the UK but is based in the US and complains that they're paying tax on what they sell in the UK and their profit in the US. They see this as unfair (rightly so), so the government (on both ends) agree to change the tax rules to be fairer to how the company operates across borders. This works great until some shrewd/immoral/cunning/evil (delete as applicable) accountant realises that there is a way to misdeclare or offset the money taken in one region in order to pay less tax.

As the rules around how companies operate across borders expands to cover other scenarios, the number of loopholes increases. (As a developer, I want to say "due to poor unit testing")

Take a look at how Starbucks reduced their tax bill by renting their UK property from a foreign company (themselves) based in a country with lower tax. Perfectly legal, but clearly not what the system was designed for.

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Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period

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Re: Battery swapping also has problems

"1. Getting on for half the value of an electric vehicle is in the battery."

Except, it wouldn't be. You would rent/borrow the battery and only buy the vehicle.

"swapped out for a 10-year-old Toyota"

I'd see the battery system as being standardised, but that doesn't mean all batteries are alike. In the same way we have diesel, unleaded, LPG, etc., you could have batteries with higher "performance", even if that's just capacity.

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Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

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Re: Just like inkjet printers...

OUT OF CHEESE ERROR

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

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Re: How many hours wasted?

I managed to cut Win 3.1 down to a single floppy that you could boot from. Ran like a tortoise, but helped me repair many a corrupt config.

Buggered if I can remember the details now (nor care), though I'm pretty sure I still have the disk somewhere...

That brings back memories. I had disks dedicated to different boot configurations so that I could have the right memory split to play games like Frontier/Elite or POP.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

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In fact, during a games meet / LAN party in 2000 and 2001 (I believe) my mate rented the whole place out and we had ~30 people + computers in there playing various games.

The best was during the Star Craft tournament when "Nuclear launch detected" was repeatedly broadcast throughout the war room ;)

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Re: First Direct Bank have it right.....

Also a First Direct fan, but I wanted to mention Smile as well, since they have a similar policy.

Both companies seem to have made the common sense judgement that call centre staff should actually have the ability to help, rather than apologise that the system won't let them do something.

Oh, and both have 0845 numbers. Perfect.

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Boffins find world's oldest virgin water trapped in Earth's crust

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Re: The perfect gift . . .

You mean Dasani? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani

It's still going strong in America (USA and Canada), and is just treated tap water.

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Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief

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Re: You what?

No excuse. The Sensation has one-click rooting and a plethora of excellent ROMs from pure AOSP to CM 10.1.

I'm not suggesting that everyone can/should root their phones, but I'm sure a silver-badged commentard knows what they're doing ;)

Personally, I buy a phone based on it's hardware and current ROM status; not interested in the manufacturer guff.

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Just because manufacturers can "add their duplicate/bloated/useful/pointless apps" doesn't mean they have to, so the fault lies firmly with them.

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German court: 'Nein' to Apple 'global consent' on fanbois' privacy

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Extracting bodily fluids from our corpses? Apt metaphor

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

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Re: World Travel...

From what I've seen, the camera (pictures and video) is pretty poor, especially in low light. It's possible this is to allay some privacy concerns.

Other than that, it's an Android device, so (eventually) you'll be able to be in complete control of the device and how it behaves. I can imagine a lot of XDA et al. focus on this.

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Re: @Ian Yates - Not from my Android phone!

Good for you, although I don't see the relevance here.

In order to use Glass you will need a Google account, so my point stands. I wasn't trying to say that Google can trace all Android phones, I'm well aware of how to remove Google from Android.

Honestly, I don't trust Google any more than the others, but they have no need for covert ways of harvesting your data, most people are happily giving away enough to keep the advertisers happy.

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The camera isn't always on; the battery is actually quite weak.

The only location data the big G is getting is something they could already get from Android phones.

I'm still not sure what I'd use Glass for, but I'm very interested to try it out.

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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Re: Sir

But... "cyberspace"!

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