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* Posts by Silverburn

1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Root canal surgery officially more desirable than cloud migration

Silverburn
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Root Canal

There's root canal and there's ROOT CANAL.

Theoretically, root canal should be pain free if proper numbed, but try telling your brain that when the guy is hacking into your jaw/skull with a long, sharp pile-driver implement and scooping out the pure nerve content.

And he's doing it three times too for a big molar. mmmmmm, lovely...I can still smell the burning enamel and the taste of blood & metal...

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Samsung says 55in OLED über TV 'ready'

Silverburn

Two pics in one

..as demonstrated in a *production* Range Rover last year, with it's TV/GPS viewing angle screen. It even impressed Clarkson on Top Gear (though it could be claimed he is easily amused).

The one in the Rangie wasn't quite 55" though...

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VW STUNS WORLD+DOG WITH REAL HOVER-CAR!

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Happy

It's transparently a real VW. Witness the lack of indicator useage, and the hogging of the middle lane (see bridge clip).

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Microsoft makes good with a 23-fix Patch Tuesday

Silverburn

Re: @Silverburn

New Material you say? I suppose Metro/win8 will be out soon. And iphone5. There should be enough comedy in there to last another 12 months.

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Facepalm

Wow - downvote-tastic.

Someone is obviously still in denial about just how "good" IE6 was...

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Silverburn
Happy

At last...no more IE6 fixes? After 200 patches is it eventually fixed?

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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

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Thumb Up

Actually I think AC has got it - If you moved it right (ie to the middle), it would sit under your right arm when typing (or mine at least). So yeah - makes sense afterall to offset it, to avoid accident movements/presses when typing.

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Silverburn

Why do manufacturers insist on putting the trackpad off to one side? Why can't it be in the middle? Why is it aliigned to keyboard, when it makes more sense to lined up wth the thing it represents - ie the screen?

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Cheap MacBook Airs for all!

Silverburn

Re: Dolphins copied sharks

Dolphins are not ideally suited for the purpose of swimming underwater.

Evolution has made them very good at surviving there, but being reliant on surfacing every minute to breathe does put a damper on your range of abilities. That and being warm blooded in a cold environment does make you less energy efficent as they need to maintain temperature against the gradient.

Mind you, their brains have proven the great equaliser. While not magical, is certainly revolutionary compared to the primative neural network of the shark.

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US court tosses out Proview's IPAD trademark gripe

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Proview rep 1: "If Apple call and want the name, it's worth 100 mill, ok?"

Proview rep 2: "They didn't. But some two bit operation call IPAD wants it. They can only afford 35k"

Rep 1: "F* it - we're almost bankrupt; just accept. That'll keep the wolf from the door for a few more days yet"

..forward a few weeks...

Rep 2: "IPAD *is" Apple!"

Rep 1: "The bastards! Sue! Sue!"

All in all...it sounds like Proview are pissed they got outmaneuvered, rather than for any commerical damages they may have suffered.

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HP intros not-quite-Ultrabook Sleekbook laptops

Silverburn

Another yawn

...another macbook air cosmetic copy...oh yay...

And the name "Envy"; is that what we - the buyers - are supposed to do, or what HP is actually doing?

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National Rail Enquiries

Silverburn

Re: Switzerland.....

Gotta agree with Pilotii - the sbb one works a treat.

As a former UK'er, i can testify that public transport is seen as a service here, not an expensive luxury with which to gouge the often captive public as it is back home.

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Silverburn

The train arriving at platform 5 is...oh wait. Cancelled. Again.

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Solar quiet spell like the one now looming cooled climate in the past

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Happy

News at 11: A big hot thing warms up things close to it. How warm they get depends on hot the big thing is, and how close the small things are.

Coming up next: Are we dumbing down science?

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Investors queue for chance to glance at Zuck's FACE

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Coat

Copper-haired? Is that the PC term for Ginger?

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Apple 'iTV' looks like Cinema Display, says Throat

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Joke

Apple making TV's eh? Well, well...

It will make a change from the soup, kettles, chairs, walkmans, sweets, sponges, clothes etc they make in China.

Copyright infringement FTW!

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Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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Windows

Re: I hate to say it but.....@ GIles

Microsoft is the only one making huge leaps.

...backwards.

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Silverburn

Re: I hate to say it but.....

On thar Interwebs there were photos of "supposedly" S3 prototypes...one that caught my eye was one that had a nearly edge-to-edge screen, and iphone-ish profile, including the metal band. It looks bloody good, so there's no lack of design skills in S.

The official roundy corners version was a bit of a let-down though. Maybe it'll look/feel better in the real.

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Silverburn

Note vs S3? Hmmm

Now it gets tricky.

1280x720 vs 1280x800

4.8 vs 5.3 (re: physical size)

2100mwh vs 2500mwh

Quad core (latest gen) vs dual core (last gen)

64gb vs 16gb

I think the clincher will be (unlocked) price, if the HTC one X is anything to go by. I recon the S3 will command a price premuim, and my gut says the Note will still have the edge when it comes to battery life.

Ultimately this is all good stuff...for once I am considering a phone without an i at the beginning.

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Chair-tossing Steve flings surfer Steve onto Microsoft board

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Mushroom

Jeez, talk about the most boring canned statement ever.

Why not something like "We don't know what the f* we're doing. Maybe blonde here can help us".

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Crazy old black hole's X-ray ultra-belch makes galaxy blush

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Mushroom

A million times more powerful than our sun?

mmm. Deadly.

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iPad swipes more of tablet market

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Angel

Re: Biting satire, probably

That would imply you knew the difference between a positive number and a negative number, and which numbers are bigger than others.

Therefore you are either:

- not an MP

- the finance minister

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Pilots asking not to fly F-22 after oxygen problems

Silverburn

Re: Is the Lightning 2 as good as Lightning

I get the same stories from my father in law. Full tanks + afterburners = swim in the sea 6 minutes later. Awesome.

Or how they used to clear ice off the runways using the engine from a meteor, like a massive hair dryer. Which, if you focused on one spot too long, used to lift the tarmac right off.

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GCHQ's spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

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Black Helicopters

Is it just me, or does anyone else get the nagging sensation that perhaps, you really don't want to get any more details on this case.

Perhaps there are some things we just don't need to know.

(Where's the 'see no evil' icon?)

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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

Silverburn

Re: wrong way round

Groan...and here come the "volunteer" cliches...

Surprised nobody has mentioned Soylent Green or death camps yet. Maybe the daily mailers are too busy being close-minded on other forums.

You do realise that Optimal population planning doesn't require such draconial and unethical measures?

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Silverburn

Whatever happened to the innovative stuff like rainwater collection (on a grand scale), domestic level cleaning & recycling, metering, industrial size "dew condensors" for farms etc etc.

A lot lower technology and energy requirements. You can then keep the desalinators for "emergency use", which would be rare. Afterall, collecting just 50% more of our rainwater would solve most of the drought issues.

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London Olympics 'not immune' to cyber attack

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Happy

"The internet after all has flourished precisely because it has been shaped by its users, not by governments," he said.

MP in common sense statement shock.

In other news: Lucifer complains his legions are not equipped for such icy conditions.

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Praise for slick six's entries in dirty snaps compo

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Re: Well done!

On the other hand, one is humbled by the old techs...we've got it so easy these days, what with being 'abstracted' further and further away from the metal. The days of burnt fingers, chewed tape and the smell of ozone are mostly behind us now.

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Britain prepares for government by iPad

Silverburn

Re: Tablets, not iPads..

MP's are vain, image sensitive, technically illiterate, and unconstrained by budget.

Of course they're getting iPads.

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Silverburn

Lol - since when are iPads upgrades to laptops? Oh wait - I see what you did there...

Seriously though - right now there's an IS guy who's either:

- taking up heavy drinking. And crying.

- too busy doing his CV and looking for a rapid exit to worry about the security nightmare he now has.

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Apple blocking Dropbox SDK over in-app buying

Silverburn

I'm a dumbass, but surely giving the opportunity to "buy more storage" from within that app will fix this gripe.

Having said that...FFS Apple...really? And how far do you take this new stance? If I use the FT app to setup a paid subscription, you'll ban that? How deep into the 'safari site' do you need to go to be no longer under Appstore in-app buying rules? 1 page? 2 pages? 10?

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SnapGuide

Silverburn

Re: SnapGuide: How to obtain a good trade in price when upgrading to Android

Perhaps more focus on the Android attributes might justify your upgrade stance?

As techies, we need better reasons than "I have money"...Afterall a Galaxy Fit is less than £100, and I wouldn't consider that a phone which shows android in its best light (i should know - I have one).

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Mushroom

I wonder what would happen if you submitted an article on how to write fart apps. Would it explode?

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RIM shares take a bath after uninspiring BlackBerry 10 unwrap

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Thumb Down

...The presentation looked like it was lifted directly from Apple announcements from 3 years ago.

The screens...the powerpoints (only stopping to replace black with blue)...the theatrics...he should have just gone the whole hog and gone with a black (or their case blue) turtleneck and be done with it, and give up an pretense they were doing something new.

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Microsoft hikes volume prices by more than a third

Silverburn

They're not called customers. They're called prisoners.

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Silverburn
Happy

Re: When meeting MS people...

Quadruple bonuses if you turn up wth a pen and paper, and state you run everything via the cloud and IOS/android tablets. And would they like to buy some 2nd hand desktops and servers?

Ok, that's a stretch, but I think you see where I'm going.

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Moon at annual perigee this weekend

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Re: Lucky me!

Met him too.

As whacky as the crazy-haired mayor of London, but wthout the pretentiousness.

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Boffin

Re: What's that in English money?

10,000,000 el reg t-rex's or London buses, I think you'll find.

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Black Ops II to take gamers to open worlds... and destroy them

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Facepalm

Re: What kind of...

...and are we still using tanks in 2025? I thought they were becoming increasingly irrelevant even today.

Note to self: try to remember it's just a game, not reality. Poetic licence is allowed.

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America, China go ape for tablets

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Coat

Note to self:

Must use the word "Impecunious" more in conversation.

That'll make me sound more interesting...right?

Oh.

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HTC peeves punters with One X woes

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Happy

Re: .....says

I await Barry's explanation as to why this is Apple's fault with interest...

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Lenovo U300s Ultrabook

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Thumb Up

Re: "novel cooling method in which air is sucked in through the keyboard"

Indeed.

Also, given heat rises, I thought it would be more efficient to suck air in from the side, and blow it up out the keyboard, solving both heat and crumb issues?

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Beijing removes all online mentions of fleeing activist Chen

Silverburn

Re: China is in a difficult position

Unrest? Well, that tends to happen when you twist, conceal, filter, rewrite and deny the truth for decades, and the public eventually finds out.

I suspect the reluctance would come not from being exposed to the wild west interwebs per se, but to what they might find in the alternative sources that contradicts the "state-sponsored" information.

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Study finds water cycle accelerating with warming

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Facepalm

Re: Accelerating the water cycle = more fresh water

Did you miss the bit where he says drier areas will get drier? If the article is correct - Africa will get dryer, not greener.

Just as well they can drill for that huge groundwater resevoir, eh BBC?

Headslaps all round.

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Wind farms create local warming

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Joke

In other news - prolonged use of hydro causes downstream environments to get wetter, while those upstream to get drier.

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Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart

Silverburn

Re: Anyone still not developing for Android?

Great...the link won't work for some reason. Just go to reghardware - you'll see the article there.

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Silverburn

Re: Anyone still not developing for Android?

Sorry bazza, but if you'd read this:

http://www.reghardware.com/2012/04/26/apple_commands_enterprise_smartphone_tablet_usage_says_good/

You'd see that if you were gonna blow for corporate cash on a mobile app, you'd choose Apple. But you don't see it, because you're completely anti-apple.

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iPhone 5 in ICE CREAM SANDWICH photo riddle

Silverburn

They've not trademarked "iPhone 5", but - according to te pic - they have trademark rights to "iPhone".

Which, of course, they f*ing don't. Not in a million years. Welcome to China, where TM/patents landscapes are distinctly one-sided. They'll happily sue "us", bu you've got a rats chance in hell of getting your litigation to stick, while all and sundry slap your TM all over their often completely unrelated (see: Soup) and often inferior tat. See BMW, Apple, Rayban, Armani etc

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