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* Posts by streeeeetch

22 posts • joined 17 May 2011

What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this

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Killabots

I shall call zem kilobots [strokes cat], make zem move slowly and tell zem zey are to do with 1024.

Bwaaah haaa hah haaaa....

Really sorry folks, someone had to do it.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Lots of water and a moon

Hmmm. A large dirty snowball and an asteroid. Just a little nudge and...

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

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Re: Great terminology!

New one on me but: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithobraking

Summary "Throwing yourself (or it) at the ground and not missing"

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Re: The nutcase brigade would never allow a NASA mission to Venus

Assuming there have been no civilisations (and yes I'm aware of the dangers of assumptions...), questions like "oh, we're not causing it then?" Not sarcasm btw, just interested in your thoughts.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Productivity... or not

This reminds me of George Bush saying "The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur" because Microsoft obviously don't know what productivity means.

No-one likes change to their well practiced office routine but this is a good case for at least trying Libre/ Open Office. Unless you do really serious spreadsheet or *any* database work, you might be pleasantly suprised. What have you got to lose - it's free.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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Horrible People

I contracted to HP for a few years as a field agent fixing stuff. The staff turnover was appalling - so much so that you never knew who'd be on the phone when you called the office. They treated both staff and contractors like poo.

We were always puzzled because despite their fairly ruthless strategies internally and externally they always seemed to somehow have such a squeaky clean image. Such is the power of marketing I suppose.

We came to the conclusion that HP = Horrible People. More of the same then.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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It's part of a bigger picture

I live in the UK and worked for an American corporation for 11 years - who got bought by an Indian company (the nicest guys but not the faintest clue what they were doing - another story...). I moved to another smaller American company (still in the UK). I've also previously worked for another US corporation.

IMHO

My observation of US vs UK companies is that the US companies are insular and hierarchical. I will get to the point...

The top man has a "great idea". Everyone thinks its wonderful. There can be no argument - if there is it's likely your pass will suddenly stop working. A popular phrase is "Its great isn't it?"... Think about the coercive nature of the phrase. The question isn't an option. It's just part of the culture. Apple is floundering because for all Steve Jobs faults he did have some great ideas. Microsoft seems to be heading tube-wards... no names mentioned. Even in this day and age the US guys seem to have no concept of an outside world to the point where my company for instance still uses imperial sized nuts and bolts for a global product. Trying to explain things just results in buying imperial sized spanners. Customers are the last people they'd listen to. They're bottom of the pile. What do they know?

You may notice I refer to "Companies" and not "People" because on an individual basis, Americans have been accommodating and generally kind people but Companies there seem to have a life and ethos of their own.

The result of this culture is forging ahead with their product no matter what. This used to work.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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Upgrading?

"upgrading from Windows 7"... You're kidding right?

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Big bags

So if you only need to compress the gas to the bike tyre pressures to get the thing to work, just a have a big bag of helium with a sodding great mangle and roller at one end?

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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

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Huawei G300

Buy one from Argos for £70 and get it unlocked on Ebay for £3.95. Much better deal.

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'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin

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Re: MASSIVELY IMPROVES SECURITY: End Of Windows

Absolutely. Maybe someone can tell me I'm missing something, but isn't this approach obvious?

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Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch

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Heaven or Hate

I wonder is there's a hidden meaning here Windows 7 (Windows Heaven)... Windows 8 (Windows Hate).

We'll have to wait and see.

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Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving

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FAIL

Try playing this game

It's been illegal in the UK for some time with a £1000 fine but...

When I'm a passenger in a car and get a bit bored I play a little game. I watch the opposite carriageway and count how many vehicles go by until I see someone on the phone. The maximum I've ever got is 24. Mostly its in the region of about 10.

I'm a driver, cyclist and pedestrian. I've seen some things on the road. Last week a woman in a big Merc nearly took the front of my car. Her hand was up against the window with the phone jammed against her ear - she didn't even look in my direction at the junction and a while back I was walking to work. As I walked across a side road a car suddenly turned in at speed (driver on the phone) to do a 3 point turn. I nearly became a bonnet mascot. Those and people I've seen on motorways drifting out of their lane make banning it a worthy cause but obviously from the UK's point of view - it's un-enforceable.

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Taiwan source forecasts mass exit from tablet biz

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I think not

With all due respect to your source I doubt this will last long if it's true. I suggest that the tablet form factor will wipe the floor given a little more time because of the generation growing up with touch screen devices.

Walk down any street, sit on any bus or train and look at the kids and their phones. They will drive the market.

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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

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Alert

Natural selection strikes again!

We need a new kind of Darwin award here

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Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit

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FAIL

Perception - Apple is expensive, Android shouldn't be

I think it's to do with the perception that Apple have always made nice but expensive products. Android is perceived as being functional and good at what it does but we're all expecting (and waiting for) it to be cheaper than Apple.

Currently a *good* Android tablet costs the same as an iPad. The iPad isn't necessarily better but it's perceived as more expensive, so the Android device isn't perceived to be a good deal.

IMHO Android pads will sell when there's a good functional product that undercuts Apple by a significant margin and then they'll sell like hot cakes.

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Wallabies battle cattle farts

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So.....

How exactly do you get round to accidentally sampling a wallaby fart?

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Steve Ballmer window-dresses Windows 8

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Heaven?

Let's hope we're not going from Windows Heaven, to Windows Hate.

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Archos 70 Android 7in tablet

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Charging

Every time I read a tablet review, I get as far as the bit that reads "unfortunately it doesn't charge from USB" and just lose interest. A note to all you manufacturers out there.... check, your calendars guys, we're now in the 21st century.

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Designer punts ultimate customisable keyboard

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Progress

My first computer was a ZX81. I bought it from Boots for £120 with 16k (yes you did read that right...) of memory. You had to stab a flat surface to type in 1981.

How things have moved forward in 30 years.

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99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials

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Are Orange and other suppliers now compromising their customers

OK, supposing that the Android system is compromised and that this isn't a M$ smear campaign.

My HTC phone is branded by Orange and still has Android 2.2 because Orange's updates are always way behind the real release. I can't load vanilla Android without voiding my warranty so Orange are now putting all of their customers at risk by not supplying an update.

My question is this: If there is a real security threat, do Orange now have the right to require all of its users to stick with their "version" of the OS on the phones they supply?

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