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* Posts by Silverburn

1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

Silverburn

Re: @Christoph

They probably asked the same question over Voyagers CPU and RAM capabilities. And they're still running just fine.

But when it comes to Space, reliability is better than capacity.

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Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'

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It's a cautionary tale against relying too heavily on one cloud platform.

It's a cautionary tale against relying too heavily on any cloud platform as your sole datastore .

Fixed it for ya.

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For flock's sake: Scared sheep send SMSes to Swiss shepherds

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Holmes

Wolves? There's bears too...

Thing that puzzles me, is that the Swiss are big fans of the temporary electrified fences, moving the flock to different fields on a near daily basis - there are no real fences per-se.

Surely they keep the sheep in, as well as the wolves out?

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Happy

Re: Bahhhh

The martian overlords are actually cats...which is why this baby is equipped with a nuclear powered laser death ray and suitably named.

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Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded

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Happy

Re: This time we come in peace

..unless you're a martian cat, with a fear of robotic, nuclear powered lazer death rays.

I wonder if martian cats have got the equivilent of a John Connor..?

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Apple demands Samsung flogged for 'unethical' court doc leak

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Unhappy

Re: Apple and Koh follow the same motto

You might need to. Apple has "exiled" a lot of the older mac mini's by banning them from Lion onwards.

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Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: F700

No wonder they shelved it...check out the location of the return and delete key. Right next to each other.

Does anyone else see this as a perfect way to get yourself into accidentally, but embarrasingly situations online? Especially on sites with no "delete/modify post" options.

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Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

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Flame

It's the thin end of the wedge...

Soon they'll also be riding around in uncrashable robot horses, using light sabres instead of swords (without the decapitation ability), virtual pools where you swim in VR, or use a games console and running, where they all use joint-injury-friendly treadmills.

Humbug!

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Outraged!

Surely the skill of the shooter was being able to anticipate and compensate for gravity, wind, temperature etc, and well as physical control of heart rate, breathing etc to obtain the perfect shot?

Lasers just seem like...cheating.

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Hobbyist builds working assault rifle using 3D printer

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Re: Damn

If you work for a 3D printing company, then yes, you are. They'll all be banned shortly, just you wait.

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Beeb stuffs $21tn into Olympic-sized swimming pools

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Fort Knox

There has to be. It's where Goldfinger keeps his pile of uncontaminated gold.

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Apple mulls over investment in Twitter

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Happy

Re: Non Story

I can't believe it's not butter either. It's so creamy and delicious!

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Happy

I really can't understand why, in an online world with massive storage and big pipes, Apple are considering forking out on such a stupid fuc

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

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Happy

Why trends don't predict the future

If they did we'd only use 1 watt of power per year...

...and we'd be charged £20,000 for it.

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Apple disappoints at first Black Hat briefing

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Thumb Down

Re: Rich coming from you g e @DJ

..and that's better than having ASLR actually running on the product earlier...how, exactly?

How long it takes is irrelevant - what counts is *when* it's actually running on consumer devices.

And even then, Jun 2012 is only on Nexus devices...other consumers will need to wait even longer until their vendor releases it. So actually it's 1 year...*and still counting*.

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Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

Silverburn

HL3!

As long as HL3 is not going to be delayed, gabe can do what he likes.

HL3 *will* be here soon, eh Gabe...?

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Nearly half of Google's Moto gobble cash was spanked on patents

Silverburn

Apple are trying to stick Samsung for 2.5bn for some patent "violations", so a whole suite of patents as defence and offensive weapons is probably worth it, and could easily repay itself over the patent lifetimes.

I'd rather it hadn't all come to this mind you. Bloody patent bollocks.

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Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion

Silverburn

Unfortunately yes.

And the more we make security and PC's idiot proof, the better the idiots become at compromising their machines through stupidity.

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Apple seeks whopping $2.525bn Samsung patent payout

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Thumb Down

As trolls go this one is pretty poor. "Must do better".

For one, they're called "Fandroids" or "Haters", IIRC. And like the "Fanbois", they are in the minority.

Most techs here are pretty agnostic, but won't tolerate Corporate Crap like this, regardless who instigates it (see also: MS, Oracle, Sage, most of the UK ISP's etc etc).

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Happy

Re: @ Neil Greatorex - @ andreas koch

Renault 4's were - and are - bloody great. At least pre-1974. Drive (a concours) one today, and you will be invited to parties. You will become much more interesting, especially compared to Mr Porsche. And they'll get you fit too...how many other cars come with ergonomically designed pulling handles on the front as standard for when (not if) you break down?

And a concours version will cost real ££££ and holding their value.

See also: Original Fiat 500's, 2CV's, Alpha spiders, MG's,

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Iranian nuke plants rocked in midnight 'heavy metal blast'

Silverburn

Hmm.

Sanctions on AV imposed by "enemies of Iran".

But downloading a free version off the interwebs would be ok, right? So Iran's IT infrastructure is not completely fair game like the Wild West?

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JELLYFISH bio-bot built with rat cells to mend broken hearts

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Happy

Re: Silly cone

Given the lack of popularity of plastic surgery in Switzerland and the lack of mating opportunities being buried in an underground tunnel 12hrs a day with other boffins entails...I doubt it.

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Silverburn

Re: Am I over-interpreting this...

It'll be a cold, cold day in hell before any of those twats are proven right.

The pun and irony of that statement was intended.

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Silverburn
Childcatcher

Re: Awesome

Don't worry the..

<--

..brigade will attempt to squash this idea before it goes an further. And if they don't win, the bible bashers will be along right behind them. The kill joys.

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Silverburn
Devil

Re: bio-engineered rat jellyfish?

I have visions of the legendary "The Thing" being remade...as a documentary.

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

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Happy

In the lab one day..

Boffin 1: Ok, I divided this with this...and I've got a 3 left over.

Boffin 2: Hmmm. Long division wasn't my forte either.

B1: If I publish this, I'll look like a muppet who can't divide.

B2: I know - just pretend it's the sign of an "extra dimension". I've got a few sums that don't work either which I can bury in there too.

B1: But won't someone check our workings?

B2: Pfft. They're as good at long division as we are. Plus they don't have their own LHC to compare results to either.

B1: ..and it'll give us an excuse for the grant extension!

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Nike+ Fuelband activity monitor review

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Happy

3 days on the trot

Training 3 days in a row - wise/unwise?

Personally, my plan (and chosen sport specialisation) means 3 days on the trot is unachievable, from a results perspective.

If I reduced intensity (and variety), I could do 3 days - or even daily - but from a training perspective I'd just be doing "Diary Roughage".ie all bulk, no quality. And it would bore me.

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Samsung flogs 10 million Galaxy S IIIs in 7 weeks

Silverburn

Re: Not bad...

Not quite the same as the herd that are already saying they'll buy the unspec'ed unseen iphone5 when it comes out, just because it's got a picture of a fruit on the back.

Damn. And I thought it might be because some of them were reaching the end of their iPhone 4 contracts, and being happy with IOS in general, would simply buy the latest version. This is not a behaviour limited to phone brands - many car buyers/leasers apply the same logic.

Written on Galaxy Note btw.

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Now IPAD victor Proview is sued by its OWN law firm

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Coffee/keyboard

<-- This says it all.

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USB charges up to 100 watts

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Thumb Up

ouch! ouch! ouch!

My 1 Amp phone charger gets too hot to hold here (it is charging a less-than-economical Galaxy note, mind you).

What would 5 Amps per port feel like in an even smaller and more enclosed form factor?

And if it can drive 5 Amps as a charging service, won't we overheat the batteries too? (back to the galaxy - my 3030 mAh battery can hit 50'c easily while charging at room temperature).

While such technology sounds good, I think the "human factor" has been overlooked slightly.

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Where there's brass, silver and gold ... there's also muck

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Stop

Re: “will showcase the great diversity and quality of British food

You forgot eel pie. And all the dessert pies.

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Re: Wow! - Swiss bulbs @ AC

One thing I've alway pondered...in a tunnel, even ones 4-5km long, the roof centre is lined in continuous line of strip lights.

Yet none are ever popped. Or even flickering.

Who replaces them? And when? (the tunnels are rarely shut) And how?

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Silverburn
Happy

Wow!

It's clean enough to satisfy the Swiss!

Almost.

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Darth Vader is a pansy

Silverburn

Re: "excuse me The Black Hole is an Awesome movie"

Nah - it was pretty cool - especially if you were 10 years old.

It also meant you didn't read anything homo-erotic into the whole maximilian/Reinhardt thing at the end. You just wondered what the f* was going on.

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Coat

Re: labels on the keys

...or dictate to their secretaries.

Runs away. Very fast.

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Silverburn

third-ed...but right about one thing - Maximillan was a serious bad ass. Even the terminators don't enjoy disembowelment as much as him.

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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

Silverburn
Happy

You sir...have a problem.

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Silverburn

Re: Pardon the block quote, but: @ Rich

Maybe...but can you imagine the UI nightmare 500 apps presents on a tiny touch device like an iphone? From a usability point of view, it's a nightmare.

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Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly loss

Silverburn

Re: "Outside of the Geekville city limits Linux on the desktop is a joke".

Being a boring spreadsheet company is no bad thing...

...if you can make a spreadsheet people actually want, isn't a bloated PoS, and has an even remotely usable interface.

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Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch

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Stop

Re: Room 101

Actually, you can't zap the OSX partition. OSX needs to stay.

But you can set OSX partition to something tiny, and the default boot partition to the bootcamped one.

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Silverburn

Re: What's with all the Vista comparisons?

Windows 7 & 8 still have the same crazy hardware requirements - it's just that those hardware requirements are easily and cheaply available now, and the stuff you buy off the shelf easily exceeds it.

This is not a virtue on MS - it's just the pace of hardware development overtook the minimum requires. And even then, MS are just taking a more "liberal" view on what minimum means. To have an actual real-life useable and unlaggy machine still needs pretty significant hardware.

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Silverburn

Re: Beginning of the end...

"Calm down dear..."

I wouldn't be too negative - people like you cast the same negative 'it's-certain-to-fail' doom on the ipad, and look what happened to that.

It'll sell, no doubt about that. Will it change the computing world, and catapult MS back to the top of the "must have" heap? God no. The unrelenting slow slide in fortunes will continue unabated.

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Windows

October 26th. Sorry MS - busy that day. I've an intensive nose picking session planned, and its going to be far more satisfying than enduring Metro on a non-touch PC.

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Java won the smartphone wars (and nobody noticed)

Silverburn

Jasper

holy crap, look how old that looks. And it's only been 6 years. Progress ftw!

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Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad

Silverburn
Happy

Oh man, I can't wait to see how Apple weasel word their way out of this one. They'll probably even manage to turn this to their advantage; they are the masters of weasel words.

Whoever said creativity was dead...

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LG Optimus 4X HD quad-core Android phone review

Silverburn

Nice phone..

...pity it's an LG. Here's hoping some kind gent ports JB to it, because you can be sure LG won't be in any hurry.

Only problem with this phone is the looks. The average punter will simply overlook it on the shelf with all the other latest and greatest shininess. Which is a shame.

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Humanity increasingly sitting on collective arse

Silverburn

Is MET the new BMI? Ie complete bollocks?

A 20 stone lardo isn't going to be burning the same calories at rest as a 8 stone female athlete, surely...

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AT&T may charge fanbois for FaceTime vid chat, hints iOS 6

Silverburn

Re: Obviously!

Looks like you're an *even more* secret Fanboi, Mr "AC-whos-post-history-is-concealed".

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Silverburn

Sorry, but Skype - for all its problems - is at least platform agnostic, and even Fanbois realise that not all their friends have been absorbed into the Apple Collective.

So there's a surprising amount of iphone users with it installed.

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Sony preps PS3 with old-school design

Silverburn

Stop smoking.

More money for games, longer lasting hardware and wetware.

Simples.

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