* Posts by Anonymous Coward 101

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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There is a cracking episode of Horizon available on iPlayer, called the Race to Ruin. It dates from the 1981-82 series, and is about the US military industrial complex. Laser weapons are shown in the episode, and it explains why they are not practically viable (at least in the early eighties).

It's great. Watch it.

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Re: It was named after the explorer Juan Ponce de León

So, they could have called it something pretty cool - the USS De León - but they called it the USS Ponce instead?

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Philips 48-inch 48PFT5509

The child on the marketing picture looks bizarre and frankly rather malefic. Is it the combination of the toothy grin and cold, staring eye that makes her look like she is plotting her next murder?

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: Consider....

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

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Amazon’s CHRISTMAS QUEUEING bonanza!

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Re: OK, but...

I recall hearing on the radio from an economist, just after the privatisation, who reckoned that the long term plan is to reduce the number of deliveries per week to cut costs. Ultimately, the Royal Mail was privatised so that the dirty work would get done by a private company. It had sod all to do with 'efficiency'.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Skinny vs Fat

Yeah, but a fat non-terrorist will still be more expensive to society than a thin terrorist. By the way, have you ever seen a fat terrorist, or a drunken one?

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I note...

...there is no entry on their table for costs due to dementia and other old age illnesses. If they had, where would that come out? Did they factor in the fact that smokers tend to die proportionally less from old age illnesses compared with non-smokers, thereby saving society money? If one ignores this saving, the societal costs of smoking are indeed massive: I suspect they have deliberately left out the savings to make smoking appear more costly than it is.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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As Morrissey once said...

Trudging slowly over wet sand

Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen

This is the coastal town

That they forgot to close down

Armageddon - come Armageddon!

Come, Armageddon! Come!

Everyday is like Sunday

Everyday is silent and grey

Hide on the promenade

Etch a postcard :

"How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here"

In the seaside town

That they forgot to bomb

Come, come, come - nuclear bomb

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Panspermia

If they think they have found 'space microbes', would it not be more probable they messed up the sterilisation process of the probe, or have otherwise messed up?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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I see the evil powers of Stephen Elop are infecting even Android manufacturers.

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Brighten your November morning: 900 in-browser arcade classics added to the Internet Archive

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"Obviously, a lot of people are going to migrate to games they recognize and ones that they may not have played in years. They’ll do a few rounds, probably get their asses kicked, smile, and go back to their news sites,"

Sometimes work may be undertaken in the office as well, for when playing games or reading news becomes dull.

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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I got rid of Java because I couldn't be arsed with the fucking updates (no, I do not want the Ask Jeeves toolbar). I can't say I have missed it.

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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Global Phenomenon?

"In other words, he created a global phenomenon - but pocketed what an averagely talented Champions League-level footballer might take home in a year."

Did he discover a cure for cancer or AIDS, or discover a new species of human in a valley somewhere? No, he just came out with a popular novelty record and yet 'pocketed what an averagely talented Champions League-level footballer might take home in a year.'

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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We'll not be laughing at him if there is a worldwide pandemic of Ebola, and everyone heads to his website for advice. Think of the advertising revenue!

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Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

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"All desire is the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with God."

Does anyone seriously believe this? It's an enormously pretentious statement, uttered only by those who want to appear devout.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Re: Too much of a good thing

The banks did more than any environmentalist dared dream in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by buggering up the economy. Shouldn't they be given some credit for that?

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: BBC

My response to those who care about the issue of whether the BBC is biased in favour of Apple is: grow up. You sound like petty, daft little teenagers to care about that.

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Re: Swimming against the tide

"Zeebs across the world are waiting to see which manufacturer will be brave enough to introduce the fully retro VGA 640x480 display."

Personally, I'm waiting for a computer to have just one LED. The computer should give you a choice of outputting text in either Morse or binary format. Pictures are out the window, but who needs them - three year olds? The rush to additional pixels has been an industry blind alley since the fifties.

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.

"Then what does the Settings -> Security -> Encrypt Device on my Android 4.1 phone do?"

It makes Google send a message to plod that you are a paedophile or a terrorist, complete with GPS coordinates and full name and address.

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Facebook scammers punt fake 'sexy vid' of Emma Watson

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Ancient News

"Scammers are taking advantage of Emma Watson’s growing popularity by using the Harry Potter star as bait to spread malware on Facebook."

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Breaking news: Man with Apple shares really wishes they were worth even more

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He has a point, actually

Apple have so much cash sitting around than they can conceivably invest or otherwise use prudently, they may as well give a lot of the cash to shareholders.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Interesting

I take a keen interest in the 'why Nokia failed' question. I believe that the burning platforms memo did cause damage, but Nokia's smartphone market share was in a death spiral before the memo. I fear the memo gives certain people a 'stab in the back legend' that they can pretend was the cause of Nokia's decline

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Re: Um, no...

That's interesting information about the N8, but you forgot to mention that it followed the N97 as Nokia flagship. That made the N8 seem like a work of genius in comparison. It can truly be considered Nokia's Stalingrad smartphone.

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Other fun tasks!

Here are some other fun challenges young Bitcoiners can do in their spare time!

- Why not write a manifesto detailing how an anarcho-capitalist society will work in practice! Should socialists, conservatives, and other statists be allowed to live, or should they be summarily executed?

- Work out why scams proliferate in the world of Bitcoin, but make sure the existence of the scams >really< show Bitcoin gets stronger!

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Nasty

This MP clearly messed up and should have had more sense. But really, this is just shooting fish in a barrel by the Mirror. You get the impression that the paper just crossed male Tory MPs off a list when they tried and failed to lure them with this honey trap, and moved to the next one.

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Apparently they have recently been trialling PayReallyReallyReallySlow for their suppliers.

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Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

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Re: Have to Agree

I am genuinely curious about the folk that lent money to BC to buy Phones 4 U. Did they structured the deal to ensure they would get their money back in it all blew up? What interest were they getting?

As to the muppets who lent the money to Phones 4 U so they could pay BC a big dividend, I expect they are fucked.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Re: Slides don't surprise me

Looking at it from the shops point of view, letting people browse aimlessly is not profit maximising. On the other hand, pouncing on people like high street religious maniacs or chuggers isn't conducive to maximum profit either.

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Daft

I am not a terrorist, and have no plans to become one. However, I am pretty sure if I went down that road in life, I would encrypt my communications with fellow terrorists. I would do this because I am not stupid, and therefore I know that spies would be all over terrorist communications. I knew this before the Snowden leaks; indeed, I would demand it. The idea that a non-trivial number of terrorists decided to encrypt their communications because of Snowden is an insult to anyone's intelligence.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: You have to train your eyes???

"Sounds suspiciously like the kind of crap you hear from certain elements in the hi-fi industry about 24-bit audio vs. 16-bit audio..."

I trust double blind tests have been carried out to find if 4K actually is noticeably different from normal HD? Do we have to put little pyramids on top of the TV, or play 'pink light' Blu-ray MKII to improve the vision?

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: Well there you go

"Apple finally join the party only to morph into an MS-style 'embrace-extinguish' party-pooper."

There was scarcely anything to extinguish.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: duh

"Also oil, which is currently horrible but will be lovely when independent and even George Monbiot thinks so."

The oil is transformed into unicorn tears on Independence Day, rather in the manner that wine turns into the blood of Jesus.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: Fight it and you will lose

"They chose not to create an app market or a media rental service..."

Let's be blunt about it - they would have been fucking shite.

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

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Re: Ah, sweet revenge..

"It's become a bit of a tech soap :)"

HP are going to have a word with Phil Mitchell, who 'knows people' who can 'sort the problem out'.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: so......

There is likely a stipulation in the contract that the 'UK' is whatever nation contains London.

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Re: It will be business as usual.

For those interested, the FT Alphaville blog has written about the currency issue in the last couple of days. There are nations that do use someone else's currency unofficially (e.g. Zimbabwe, Macedonia), but it is always the least worst option available to those nations.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Why not a smart reading device?

Why don't they train special mice to run into everyone's homes in an area and read the meters, then they get flown back to HQ by carrier pigeons where they then gnaw holes in cards which are then fed into a 1960's era mainframe?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Recommendation

The Blunders of Our Government, by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe.

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Re: Has anyone noticed

If the Large Hadron Collider reboots the universe we would never know. Don't worry about it.

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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It's just another forgotten buzz phrase from 2010. Remember 'Big Society'?

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Circularity

How does the government know they are giving benefits to the correct person? A bank assured them they were.

How does the bank know this? Because the person in question supplied the bank with photocopies of government supplied documents.

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4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

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Re: Forget the article for a moment...

If you look on the bottom of the cup it says 'Made in China'.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Sounds like you need a lawyer to help you, not a bunch of commentards.

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Re: Morals, ethics, principles...

It is insane to compare the Russian government with the Nazis. The Ukrainian conflict is rather complicated and it is not immediately apparent that one side is better than the other.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: I just use...

I found that TSB and Legal & General do not limit the length of the password one may choose, but limit the length of the password one may type in to access the website. Note that this is highly stupid, particularly as these websites need to be highly secure.

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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I expect this incident has everything to do with a) not knowing that iCloud backs everything up on one's phones, and b) a poor password.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: "bribing [councils] is a rule and not an exception."

"It's called Section 106. It's well documented, although rare to hear it explicitly called bribery. But that's what it is."

No it's not. A bribe is where the planners were taking the money in brown envelopes for their own use. The Section 106 money is paid to the council and is usually used for improvements to local amenities.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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iCloud

Apple do not make it clear to the average user what iCloud saves to the cloud by default. iCloud is not a visible service unlike any other cloud services; you cannot click on any iCloud app. I think a great deal of people will be surprised (not least these celebrities) about what is saved to iCloud by default. Combine that fact with shitty passwords and you have a problem.

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Judge nixes HP deal for director amnesty after $8.8bn Autonomy snafu

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Re: Who next

Meg completes the crown - you forgot Leo.

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Blame

I am interested to know what portion of blame is to be attached to the different parties. I have little doubt that an element of smoke and mirrors was in Autonomy's accounts; the question is whether they amounted to attaching 'ambitious' (but legally defensible) values to various assets, or whether it was a devilish fraud on the level of Enron. If it is the former, HP and Meg deserve to go to fiery hell for being taken for a pair of mugs.

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