* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

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Happy

It's Cliff's fault

Personally, I think it's Cliff's fault - he is the real world equivilent of Johnny Saveloy, and had he been mortal would have keeled over years ago and this copyright problem would not have needed solving.

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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Joke

Re: Elementary

That's strange...whenever my Dr Watson runs, I just get error messages. How do you enable the sentience feature...?

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Happy

Santa

Microsoft reported the crime to the police on 2 January but believes the electronics were stolen between 19 and 26 December

Hmmmm. Looks like nobody is immune to Apples supply management - not even Santa. No sign of forced entry, but did the room have a chimney by any chance...?

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Broadband gov subsidy should end in 2015 -Tory think tank

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Facepalm

Re: Overheard conversation

Terrible disgusting things?

And yet they probably watched "X facta" and "Strictly no brain activity"? Oh the hypocracy.

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Broadband = New British Rail?

Why do I get the awful whiff of British rail from this?

ie. Governments plan to exit from subsidising = Massive above inflation price hikes, and maintenance/investment/reliabilit/performance minimised and profits maximised.

Lets hope our polititians have our best interests at heart with this....<snigger>.

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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

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and I still don't understand why we need 3g tablets when wifi will link up to your mobile hapilly

Because (in addition to other reasons others have stated)...some of the data-only tarifs are pretty good value; there's even the options for PAYG data for those occasional trips where a 3G tablet would get used a lot, such as holidays abroad.

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Google turns off Chinese censorship alert service

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It is not evil for a company to follow the law.

But it's more evil to censor your citizens through those laws, surely?

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

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Greatest weakness?

New tech may have solved zeppelins' great weakness

Wasn't flamable hydrogen the weakness? No new tech required surely - just use helium? Should work a treat - apart from the non-renewable bit of course.

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Now you can control ANY Win 8 kit with your EYEBALLS

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Windows

...will they detect my eyes rolling, head shaking and audible tutting and sighing?

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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Thumb Up

+1 on the Spaceballs reference.

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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WTF?

Re: The mind absolutely boggles ...

My Clue meter is reading zero.

Does it need more coffee?

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Silverburn

Re: Assassins who snitch on their client?

If the 12 yr old gamers that constantly whip my ass in MW3 are anything to go by, their ego's will be hyooooooj. They won't be able to help themselves and will openly boast about being hired 'assassins'.

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Devil

Re: I do it myself

Alternatively, replace his video card with a model from 2005, and drop his framerate down to slideshow levels of performance. When he gets a job he can buy his own hardware, and restore his framerate.

Well, once he replaces his "new" 1ghz single core CPU as well...then there's the matter of his "new" 2.5" drive with no cache and tiny rpm rate...then there's the new internet and LAN hardware, as the original has "mysteriously" slowed to 56k modem speeds and latency...and there's the new RAM sticks, after his previous versions "mysteriously" develop a timing incompatibility...

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Lenovo proclaims PC victory, re-orgs to take on Apple

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Unhappy

Lenovo Thinkpads are not IBM Thinkpads

...if the bundle of dead/broken units sitting in our storage room waiting for dispatched back to base is anything to go by. Build quality is just not as bombproof as the old IBM units.

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

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Re: A fleet of white vans isn't the only way to lose your data

Don't forget to encrypt those cloud-hosted backups. The content trawling robots (if they exist) won't care if its backup or originals.

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Re: I'm so glad...

I'm one of the downvote recipients - thank god others see sense too - maybe I'll stop getting downvoted now.

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Samsung mobes pwned by ANY APP, thanks to chip code hole

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Gimp

I have a galaxy note, and this is not good news. Im pretty pissed off. Is it because I expected better?

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UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'

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Windows

Who's next???

Christopher "Nerdo" Weatherhead, 22, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to impair the operation of computers

So when will the inventors of TIFKAM and Ribbon by up in front of the beak?

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Cassini spots Titan ‘mini-Nile’

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Joke

400km river full of hydrocarbons

Wow...BP would be so proud...

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Demand has been phenominal.

Demand for Windows 8 computers has been phenomenal

<-- Wrong icon btw. You want this one.

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File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine

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Holmes

$25,000 donated to charity

She had the option to settle at 25k, of which the RIAA would not have received a penny.

Her bad.

That doesn't excuse the frankly ludicrous fines in the first place though. I have to ask...what calculation did the jury use to get to this figure, given the RIAA is happy to give awards away to charity (ie implying there was no direct financial loss to them or their stakeholders)? hopefully one that didn't include figures plucked from thin air...

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Apple debuts detailed failure gauge page

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I can't see the "number of deaths in Aussie outback" chart...is there a submenu under Maps...?

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N. Joseph Woodland, inventor of the barcode, dies at 91

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Indeed - compare this patent to the dross we get nowadays.

RIP to JW, and to a patent system from a better age.

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Silverburn
Boffin

Re: Circular bar codes

Because you need to move the scan head acros the lines one at a time, as it's read sequentially.

This is very difficult to do because:

a) the circles can't be read by a linear scanner (the only real way to reliably scan sequentially), as each circle represents 2 data points

b) circular codes are very hard to scan "casually" (ie imagine the scanner is held by an drunk 80yr old with the shakes).

c) circular scanners would be damned hard to manufacture, as the scan method would require increasing/decreasing radius sources, rather than a simple left/right linear scanner.

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Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags

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Headmaster

Re: Tinfoil at the ready

* and I mean sick as in the old skool definition of "gross, horrid, disgusting".

Not sick in the "cool" way it's now used.

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Black Helicopters

Tinfoil at the ready

...does this represent an excuse to allow more strip downs and "fondlings" in the future, under the guise of "security"?

The whole thing is pretty damned sick if you ask me.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Happy

if Carlsberg made map apps...

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Review: Samsung Series 9 super slim notebook

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Happy

Re: What's a "a rather tinselly feel"...

It means it plays "jingle bells" while you type, of course.

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Facepalm

Re: WTF?

ok, possibly some rewording required here...by "Apple-esque USP" I actually meant this was a USP that was championed by Apple and features prominantly in their blurb. Not that it was unique to Apple.

Re: patents - don't tempt them...

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FAIL

Re: WTF?

Oh really? Glued batteries, anyone?

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Retina+Display+Mid+2012+Teardown/9462/1

And this on the Pro model too. Expect this new "assembly feature" in your Air soon.

PS: I own an Air...

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Re: WTF?

And Apple? (well, the caps lock at least)

Also no mention of another Apple-esque USP - backlit keyboard?

On the upside - screws, inside and out. None of this "Glue-shit-together-to-make-it-a-bastard-to-service-or-upgrade" technique favoured by the fruity one.

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New transistor tech could beat silicon and save Moore's Law

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Happy

Re: Alternatively...

re: mhz wars...

Humans lost this years ago (we run at around 15hz*, but damn, we still parrallel process *way* better than silicon**. So hz/mhz isn't really that important.

* though it is possible to run an entire Country on as low as 1-2hz...see "George Bush".

** parrallel processing is not number crunching. See "financial crisis 2008" for evidence of that.

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Facepalm

Re: "Sand is not silicon"

Indium, gallium & arsenide.

Yes, these sound plentiful and cheap to process...10x more expensive you say? Bravo...

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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FAIL

Re: A pretty superficial review...

There's also the small issue that Apple saw fit to remove Frontrow from OSX a few versions back, thus destroying the out-the-box media centre USP of the mac mini.

<--- This fail is for you, Apple.

Edit: Luckily, mine still chugs along just fine with it in place, and I have no reason to upgrade, knowing I will lose Front Row. Well done Apple - another upgrade sale lost?

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Big Data in creepy hook-up with big-game whales

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Happy

Games & big data = scary

When HL3 interupts my 'smashing-head-crabs-with-a-crowbar' session with adverts for:

a) a B&Q sale on crowbars

b) Rage management councilling in my area

c) online qualifications in butchery

...then I know it's time to unplug the PC and go back to living in a cave.

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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Re: Rickrolling

Indeed. I thought of this the moment i first saw one.

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Are you ready for the 40-zettabyte year?

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33%?

Only 33% needs protecting? So 66% is just dross?

Should be even lower than that if you can switch off youtube.

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Rare critical Word vuln is the star of December Patch Tuesday

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Windows

Yay! The initiative is working!

Boo! Still far too many findings!

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'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

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Unhappy

Strictly speaking the rudder weakness is universal to all ship.

What I think would be more a more accurate representation would be the magazine room on the HMS Hood. (RIP btw).

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Re: Hitler

Yes probably...but then I'd have missed out on Godwin points.

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Happy

Hitler

Apart from the Godwin win, can I raise the issue that the last head of state to undertake a state-sponsored "war machine" project of this magnitude was Hitler?

And we know how well that worked out...

footnote: yeah, I know it's a joke

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Take it or break it: the return of the drop test

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Coat

Re: I was ok with it ...

...too much jacket, not enough shoes, eh Frank? ;-)

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

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Cook also threw cold water on those who believe that the Mac's OS X and the iDevices' iOS will eventually merge

Thank f*ing christ. Now, if he'd just go one step further and remove half the irrelevant iOS crap that's already made its way into OSX, that really would be nice.

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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

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Happy

Re: Certainly

Mcafee : I sell my shit to anyone on the cheap, tie them in, then gouge them on the life long dependency.

Passing Columbian drug seller : wait, that's my line!

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Alien

Heart attacks

Not answered in the article: Whether both heart attacks were on the same heart, of whether he had a heart attack in each of his two hearts.

Given the bizzare behaviour, I'd go for the later, as only an alien with no concept of human behaviour would act this way.

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The best tablets for Christmas

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Windows

<--- you want this icon, Alpha...;-)

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WTF?

Photoshop fail

Check out the hand on the ipad photo, page 2.

Either the ipad is actually a 5.5" version, or the guy (and it is a guy) picking it up is an 8 foot tall gorilla.

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

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Re: Or could it be....

20% cheaper for a start...there's VAT on digital books, but none on the dead tree versions.

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Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

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Happy

Simples

I can restore that 34bn for you apple, for a mere 1% fee:

- fit ipad mini with retina

- Make your consumer devices more user serviceable. Cut out the recent trend for gluing shit, for example.

- stop taking the piss with your pricing

- stop suing everyone

Bingo. Job done. Invoice is in the post.

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Moon riven by colossal cracks

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Happy

Re: "MIT's Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology"

Repeating something twice isn't as bad as repeating something twice by repeating something twice.

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