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* Posts by Silverburn

1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Apple demands $707m more from Samsung

Silverburn
Mushroom

Oh just fuck off Apple you greedy bastards.

Written - reluctantly - on iPad.

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Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids

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Happy

Sounds like a standard "peer review process" to me.

Once they've finished slating him, they might even read the paper. Or at least the 1 page summary.

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Alien

Missing off the list: Creationism. Or aliens.

Proof - as if any were needed - that people will believe or rationalise *anything*.

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

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Facepalm

Re: I hope JPL uploaded some more audio

Never mind the "peew, peew" bit...how about that other Holywood abomination - the entirely visible laser beam in clear air/vacuum?

In dust/smoke/gas free environments there is nothing for the laser to bounce off, so the only visible aspects at the source and destination points. Yet, without fail, (in holywoodland) laser beams are seen as solid beams of colour.

And even better, in some films you can even see the beam travel. Even though it would be impossible for the human eye to detect the light in travel.

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Latest iPhone hacked to blab all your secrets

Silverburn

Re: IOS, bleegh but morre serious

No he's not- he's too busy putting the finishing touches on HL3...

Or at least I hope he is!

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iPhone 5 tops benchmark chart

Silverburn
Happy

Benchmarks = bollox

Does IO6 on iphone5 *feel* fast and smooth? Yes = WIN

Does Jelly bean on an S3 *feel* fast and smooth? Yes = WIN

Does win8 on 920 *feel* fast and smooth? Yes = WIN

Frankly, we should all be grateful the useability can now be taken for granted, regardless of our platform allegance.

Group hugs!

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Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet review

Silverburn
Childcatcher

Iggle Piggle

..anyone get a flashback to "In the night garden" when looking at that desktop picture, on page 1?

Just me? That'll learn me for watching too much TV with my kids.

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Microsoft bod dreams up 'Star Trek holodeck' games console

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Coat

Pfft.

You're all wrong.

Stuff your games; the killer app - as it always has been - is PORN.

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Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box

Silverburn

Re: On X5/X6 it's fixed. The rest of us have to wait 8 weeks

Not sure why BMW even bothered with these. They managed to make them as unattractive as possible is every conceivable way to ensure nobody would actually want to steal them. Even thieves have some standards.

For other (true) examples: See Ford's Ka. So utterly dire than not a single UK vehicle has been stolen since production of v2 started.

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iPhone 5 has 'laser keyboard, holographic images'

Silverburn

Made to make Fox look bad? So it's genuine Fox footage then...

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Boffins receive quantum key from moving plane

Silverburn
Joke

The experiment was conducted just after sunset at Munich’s Oberpfaenhofen airport to avoid errors that could be introduced by sunlight.

Damn those German Vampire scientists!

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Apple threatens to ruin peace worldwide with voice-controlled iMacs

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Happy

Why voice controlled itunes will fail

1. "Play that song...you know, that one by Alanis Morriset...something, something pill. Or something."

2. "Play that song...you know, that one that goes da, da, dee, dum, da, da"

3. "Play something mellow. Maybe Jazz. Or some chilled electronic. You decide"

4. "God, I hate this one. Play something better will you?"

5. "Play that one from the British Airways advert, with some burd singin' on it"

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

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Angel

Re: Not really building a computer, is it?

Building or "assembling" a PC isn't about slotting any old components together and booting it up...we can buy an off the shelve item for that.

It's more about the attention to detail, from choosing the components you have researched to death to provide the optimal performance (for your chosen budget) to the quality of the fitting and routing of the cabling/piping, to the build and optimisation of the OS and drivers.

You don't finish a proper PC thinking "ok, it's done". A properly built machine will be a work of art. In your eyes at least, because you know what went into it.

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Silverburn
Joke

Pfft. Amateurs!

Look at that...as if anyone actually uses a anti-static strap anymore...

And there's no mention at all of the most important tool you need - swearing. Nor the answer to the important question of: "is the motherboard supposed to bend like that?". The answer is YES btw. In my mind.

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Information is the UI in Windows 8, says design guru

Silverburn
Coat

Re: Grocking TIFKAM

I just read it as TIT CAM anyway...

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Silverburn
Windows

Shange Morris - UI evangelist for MS?

Sorry, but if he was involved in "ribbon" in anyway, that does ding his credibility just a tad.

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

Silverburn
Coat

Re:Baps

Anymore than a handful is a waste.

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Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

Silverburn

Recovery partitions are alright...

*IF* that partition contains a vanilla install, and *if* the partition size is sensible (eg don't have a 20gb partition for a 4gb install image).

However, what it normally means is it's filled with bloatware, desktops etc from the off, so you spend the first hour post-install getting rid of it all.

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Everything Everywhere swept away by its own 4G hype tsunami

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Facepalm

Looks like another marketing department has disappeared up its own arse again.

Real world:

- 50% of actual coverage delivered, and really patchy

- actual bandwidth is nearer 20% of quoted figures

- It's flaky as fuck for the first 3 months

- costs are higher than expected = higher monthly contracts

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Intel contextual awareness: 'We know what your wife is up to'

Silverburn

Ignoring the moral question, the practical questions remain:

- how do you apply logic to the hard sensor data?

- how do you distinguish between useful soft data and the junk data, given you're actually relying on people using calendars, and in a consistent manner? (tip: only the truly anal will keep a domestic calendar).

- how do you overlay soft data with hard data?

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Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time

Silverburn
FAIL

Banning "evil" cookies on legit sites = a ton of work

Evil sites not hosted in EU = completely ignore this, and continue to use "evil" cookies

Ergo: law penalises the legit orgs and annoyy the user with cookie warnings, while the "evil" sites the law aims to target continue as normal. Joe Bloggs continues to have no idea what cookies are.

End result? See icon.

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Dredd movie review

Silverburn
Angel

Re: It's ...

May be... But I still have the sudden urge to watch the stallone Edition...

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Apple urged to defy China's one child policy

Silverburn
FAIL

Lots of downvotes for perfectly sensible non-soylent-green methods of population control.

And the downvoter's solutions to the problems of large populations are....? Just ignore it and carry on as normal?

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Silverburn
Thumb Up

Hear, hear.

What the idiolistic tree huggers seem to have forgotten is the China *had* to introduce this; it's projected population growth was way outstripping it's available tech and resources at the time and it was a ticking timebomb.

Frankly there are some lessons (unpleasant though they may be) to learn here for other countries with population issues.

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

Silverburn
FAIL

So...the fancy new image processing is likely to be bollox as well then, is that right?

Looks like we'll just have to wait for the real world reviews and ignore the sewage coming out of yet another marketing department. As per normal.

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Online bank punters tricked into approving theft of their OWN CASH

Silverburn

Re: Stupidity is a luxury

No probs: what's your logon details?

Lets hope I can't edit your destination SMS number without an mTAN...

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Silverburn
Holmes

C'mon, name and shame...which bank???

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

Silverburn
Thumb Up

Hmmm

Normally I wouldn't give these a second glance, but this time...hmmm.

- big screen and HD too

- good camera

- better mult-tasking

- better tiles

This could be in with a shout come xmas, when I'm due for a replacement...and for once all three OS'es are pencilled in:

- Lumina 920 (win 8)

- Galax Note 2 (Android)

- Iphone 5 (ios)

Not bad eh? good time ahead!

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China and Japan face off over Pacific Ocean rare earth rights

Silverburn
Childcatcher

Won't someone think of the...errr...bottom-living ecosystem such scrapping activities have a bad habit of wiping out?

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You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

Silverburn
Black Helicopters

IP Addresses in Switzerland...

... Count as "private/Personal information", and thus protected constitutionally.

Just sayin'...

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Microsoft claims Windows Server 2012 is 'first cloud OS'

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Thumb Up

My thoughts exactly. +1.

And for my secure Datacentre why would I want "cloud" anyway?

Personally, I'd much rather see a commercially available "hardened at the factory" fork, or a "hardened" option on the installer.

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Silverburn
Facepalm

"This is perhaps the biggest release of our server products in history, bigger than NT,"

What...you mean just like last time, when you said the exact same thing?

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Apple confirms 'surprise' September 12 event

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Thumb Up

"pomaceous-minded cognoscenti"

Phrase of the week!

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

Silverburn

Re: Efficiency vs Etthics

They do, but tractor diesel is only a fraction of the total oil-based material used in agriculture. A lot of it actually goes on pesticides and fertilizers, neither of which are used in organic.

Note: I'm not claiming organic is better produce. Just that it uses less petro-chemical materials.

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Silverburn
Thumb Down

I hope you're being sarcastic, because this is complete bollox otherwise.

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Silverburn

Organic = better

...but not for the reasons you normally think off. Personally, I can't taste the difference, and don't really give a shit.

However, I do know that Organic farming uses far far less petro-chemicals in its production. This becomes important when talking about "peak oil" etc. We can replace oil as a fuel and even as a material (plastics) but we're not doing such a great job removing it from agriculture. Also, there is evidence to to show "soil fatigue" which is considerably reduced by going organic. The reduced yields could be compensated for by using high productivity GM crops.

So I say ignore the health bollox. Just go organic to go save money, reduce oil dependence and save the environment. Errr...sort of.

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Boffins create super-muscular 'Hulk' mice: Humans next

Silverburn
Happy

Re: Only relevant to genuinely healthy diets; the Type 2 Diabetes suggestion is hilarious!

Corn flakes are bad???

Nooooooooo...

One of life's little pleasures is a bowl of CF in the morning, using a new bottle of cold milk (with all the cream on top), and some sugar sprinkled over.

And now you've ruined it. You bastard.

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Ulster Bank waves £100 at punters pummelled by RBS IT fiasco

Silverburn

Just a pity...

...that £100 won't cover any of the expenses incured with:

- pleading with Mortage co. to explain why mortgage not paid

- admin costs for negotiations and writing letters to obtain admission of guilt from UB, so as to negate effects on credit rating

- juggling cash from other accounts to pay salaries, or even arranging overdrafts/loans

- writing letters to reclaim costs from UB for above overdrafts/emergency loads

etc etc.

Needs another zero on the end, I recon.

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Samsung: We can't find any child labour at our Chinese contractor

Silverburn
Mushroom

Re: Please stop.

Just be thankful they didn't use "Sammy" and "mobe" in the same sentence. Oh wait, I just did.

<--- And this happened.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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Thumb Up

No need to rip - it's all DRM-free these days. Just stick on some external media as planned, and you're away.

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Silverburn

Why bother? It's all DRM free these days anyway.

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Silverburn
Holmes

Naturally, you went with an alternative which supports your legacy requirement.

...and that would be...?

On a side note:

One can't help but wonder why he's spoken out. All he's done is drawn attention to his collection, which can and probably will be persued.

Assuming his entire collection is DRM free, with no obvious evidence he torrenting it all (ie it's all legit), then what was stopping him ...*cough*..."accidentally leaving it on an external hard drive" once he had croaked?

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Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

Silverburn
Mushroom

Easier method

aka the "nuke from orbit option".

1. disconnect from network.

2. backup essential user files not stored on network to USB

3. low level HD and partition wipe

4. Re-image from last months desktop image

5. Scan USB stick in triplicate on quarnatine machine

6. Restore backups

7 (optional): Reimage desktop ghost with Java removed...

Once initial detection was made, this option was probably quicker, simplier and you won't be worrying about whether you got everything for weeks afterwards.

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North Korea and Iran sign 'Axis of Tech Evil' deal

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Thumb Down

Before calling someone naughty it is usually OK to reveal one's business...

Slightly hypocritical statement, coming from someone posting as AC. Just sayin'.

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Silverburn

Re: Iran

You are correct: None.

That doesn't make it any less dangerous though, as it's only 'externally-created' impotence and obsolecence that prevents its raging ego-maniac leader from executing on his threats.

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Silverburn
Black Helicopters

Re: Oil

...and right now the various developed world espionage agencies with an agenda are working out how to "divide and conquer" the whole thing. This is probably the best opportunity they've had in years.

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Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

Silverburn
Happy

Bored?

Zapping morse code into the dust with the lazer. Practical use of mission resources? You'd never catch me doing it.

No wait, yes you would. I'd be zapping rude things into everything just for giggles, dammit.

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‘Pre-bionic’ eye implanted in blind patient

Silverburn

Re: One word:

Immortality is unlikely I'm afraid.

1. It's not possible, even with switching off age genes, regrowing limbs etc. Cancer is still not preventable, nor are a number of degenerative disorders, genetic or otherwise.

2. The social and economic repercussions are unthinkable. There world is overpopulated as it is, the last thing it needs is people not dying. Expect gene therapy from point one to be outlawed or legislated to..errr...death.

3. Would you really want to be immortal? Especially if you were the only one in your family to afford it? Seeing all your children, grand-children dying? Nah, no thanks.

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Silverburn
Boffin

A good effort, but...why the need for external processing, if there is an internal stimulation pathway already? What is the external processing actually, errrr, processing?

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Robot rover Curiosity sets out on first long Mars trip

Silverburn
Go

"mobility system"

aka WHEELS.

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