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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

kyza

Can you get Lewis to write a counterpoint article to this report, for 'balance'?

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

kyza

Think you might be re-writing this paragraph after Friday:

Microsoft needn’t worry about failing to beat the PS3’s opening sales tally. Britain, like North America, favoured the Xbox 360 over the the PS3 overall, and seems likely to do so when it comes to the successors to those machines.

In NA & Canada PS4 sold 1m+ units in first 24 hrs; Xbone has sold about that number worldwide

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

kyza

Sony only stopped making the PS2 this year - 13 years in production, 150mn+ units sold.

When Sony are talking about a 10 year lifecycle, they're talking about total lifecycle across world markets - there's likely to be PS3 support (proper support) for at least another 2 years, possibly longer.

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Re: Yes, because MP3 playback is "too hard."

But funnily enough:

IT PLAYS VIDEOGAMES

Which to be quite frank is 100% more than the Xbone which does nothing whatsoever until you download the Day1 patch.

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Users: Build us a gaming machine, that plays games, and ignore all the multimedia stuff that gets in the way of playing games!

Sony: Here, have a console that's completely prioritised gaming.

Users; WAAAHHHH! Where are all the multimedia functions!?!?!

Sony:??? *sigh* OK, we'll give it to you soon.

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The TRUTH about mystery Trojan found in SPAAACE

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I'm really not understanding why anyone would even be allowed to take up a USB drive that hadn't been comprehensively checked both before and after any files or apps were dumped on it.

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Boffins look down back of Amazon Web Services, find a SUPERCOMPUTER

kyza

But does it play BF4 on Utlra?

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

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Re: Hexacopter choreographer

You should probably offer your services to SpaceX as a volunteer hexacopter programmer or something.

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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

kyza

But..

...can it run BF4 @ 4k/120fps?

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

kyza

Yeah, you get to pay £80 more for the privilege of a piece of hardware you don't have to use to make the console function anymore.

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The culmination of many years of listening to you, our fans,

And 6 months of panicking and U-turns on just about every feature we said it'd launch with at E3:

DRM stuff - gone

Always on interwebs - Gone

Kinect - doesn't have to be switched on

Clearly listening to the wrong set of fans, eh?

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Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

kyza

Musk-inspired Tony Stark

Would it be wrong to point out that Iron Man first appeared in 1963, 8 years before Musk was born?

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

kyza

I'm deeply distressed - I only got as far as 'Kim Kardashian's bosom' and find out the article, far from displaying or being about KKs mounds of heavenly glory, is actually about some twat being a twat and getting twatted for it.

Boo!

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

kyza

Re: Only the KGB?

It's the FSB now.

Same personnel, new logo.

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Microsoft cuts number of countries that will have Xbox One by Christmas

kyza

So if I were, for some reason, to want to buy an Xbone, I've got to pay £80 more for a peripheral that now doesn't have to be used by anyone anymore, which means that like the PS Eye2, no-one will develop for it.

This is all kinds of genius on MS' part.

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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Re: "First real 3D?"

Starstrike II - that's the one I was trying to remember!

I was a C64 owner and bought a speccy solely to play that game. Amazing visuals for it's time.

I also had no idea that Realtime made one of my all-time faves, Carrier Command.

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kyza

First real 3D?

Even if you're only talking about shaded vectors, I'm pretty sure Driller on the C64 & other 8-bits was in there in about '88. Or indeed The Sentinel in 1986.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

kyza

Re: Dear Gmail. STFU & GTFO.

You've mistakenly sent this to the El Reg forum, whereas google customer service would probably be a better bet, since you're addressing them in the voice of an INTERNET HARD MAN!

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kyza

Click on the + sign at the edge of the last tab, check the boxes for the tabs you want.

I too haven't seen any of the 'gemails', and actually think this is the most useful addition to an email inbox I can think of.

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

kyza

Re: Pro Tip:

You don't want to confuse users with things like the window key. IME most of them get scared by numlock being switched on.

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kyza

How hard is ctrl-alt-delete > lock computer?

Too hard for most *users* it seems.

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

kyza

Why oh why didn't the mining company take the advice of a certain Corporal Hicks about taking off and nuking the site from orbit?

Dances With Giant Smurfs 2-4 - great.

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

kyza

Re: OOer missus

#31

That's 'Tits or GTFO' according to the rules of internet

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ZUCK out all my BUGS: Facebook gobbles Brit glitch-hunter

kyza

"Right away we knew this was our chance to take <strikethru>what we’ve built</strikethru> the amount of cash we have to the next level.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

kyza

Re: Have and have nots@Ledswinger

Since you have insulted half the population

80% of the UKs population live in towns or cities, so at most he's insulting 20% of the population, many of whom more than adequately fit the colourful characterisations offered by Ledswinger.

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

kyza

Given that this contract has been managed by Accenture, IBM & HP, that sounds like a lot of private sector fuck ups.

Altho according to this article:

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240187478/Why-agile-development-failed-for-Universal-Credit

initial procurement was fucked from the beginning. Wonder if either of the two whistleblowers quoted in this article were involved at this stage?

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D-Wave IS QUANTUM, insist USC scientists

kyza

Re: As backed by NSA

Perhaps people don't feel the need to mention this fact in every single article written about it, especially since there's always a good, concerned global citizen such as yourself to make the point somewhere in the comments...

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Snowden speaks from Moscow: 'Obama lies'

kyza

Ordered?

"Yet now it is being reported," he says, "that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

I'm fairly certain and old hack like Joe Biden wouldn't need to be ordered to do something like that.

Putin's big reaction to all this would probably have been one of wincing laughter as if he were watching The Office or similar comedy - and probably thinking 'Well, I'm glad we don't use private contractors in the FSB and that everyone who does work there knows they'd be dead before Grenwald had a chance to write an op-ed piece about them.'

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Re: Wow, nobody talks about the elephant in the room?

Why is it people need to be constantly reminded of this fact?

I'm waiting for the US to get truly pissed with the EU hissy-fitting about being spied on and release information about EU member-state spying operations in the US, or remind everyone about the honeytrap they used to embarrass the French a few years ago.

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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

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Re: Equador, the pillar of freedom

Not to mention of course that St. Julian is now a criminal under UK law as he's broken his bail terms, so he'd also need to extricate himself from having provably, and very publicly, broken the law.

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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

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Re: Aaaargh! "if we redirected our entire global military spending into research"

Common historical error of correlating warfare and advancement in science. Actual war catalyzes some types of research - i.e. stuff that has an immediate military application; preparation for war ('defence spending') does the same. The vast majority of innovation in the sciences, engineering and technology are funded by and primarily investigated by civilian agencies.

Both your argument and the one you responded to are gross simplifications of the complex social processes involved in discovery and innovation - warfare has just as often set things back or meant that some fields remain static in development by being deemed irrelevant for the needs of warfare (not to mention the massive resource hogging & destructive nature of war generally).

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

kyza

How much do you want to spend? You can pick up a PS3 for as little as £120 these days (12gb HDD) and get the games 2nd hand.

BRD player, media centre and a games console to boot and the console will be supported by new software releases for at least a couple more years

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Soyuz brings new crew to International Space Station

kyza

Re: What a show

can't we get the footage directly from Russian or Kazakstanian TV?

Perhaps they aren't making it available? Perhaps they are, only NASA publicise it more? Pehaps they're doing it in local language and not English, making it slightly less accessible to non-Russian/Kazakh speakers.

Others have pointed to the other flaws in your bizarre post.

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Amazon cloud threatens entire IT ecosystem – report

kyza

Contrasting opinions...

...make for interesting reading.

This, surely, is a situation where the market will decide - if AWS service is as cost-inefficient as Nate is claiming, then EMC and so on will be OK, but might be forced to adjust some of their business practices (pricing seems to the be the big one) in response.

If, however, it's as good as json is claiming, AWS will win - and it's interesting to note the other cost factors json alludes to that are missing from Nate's posts.

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'Nothing will convince a kid that's never worn glasses to wear them'

kyza

Glasses...

So in the UK, google will only have the 68% of the population who wear glasses to market to, Tim.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

kyza

So we got to see a box...

...and heard lots and lots about nebulous social stuff & groovy feature (much of which Sony had already announced as part of the PS4 spec - snap-on, for example), a new Kinect sensor that you *must* use for the console to function and broadly similar specs to the PS4.

Still leaning toward Sony atm - I think price-point is going to count for a lot.

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Bing uncloaks Klingon translator

kyza

Re: Oh, come on.

Or you could just do something useful. Either way.

Or you could do something useful, like all that stuff you just said.

Maybe start with Cornish.

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PERIL in ORBIT: ISS leak plugged in FIVE-HOUR spacewalk

kyza

The pair didn't see any white ammonia flakes, meaning the chemical was no longer leaking from the platform.

Did anyone think of a certain 'malfunctioning' AE35 unit when they read this?

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INSATIABLE black hole in Milky Way's heart crams hot gas into cavity

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Re: Does it have a name?

Hmm.

Sag A *

Sag a star.

Saggy star

Kerry Katona

We should call the SMBh at the galactic centre Kerry Katona.

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

kyza

Re: Count as 'hands free'?

Google have said they're working on a Glass build that can work with prescription glasses.

As someone mentioned above, they should give that one to Oakley.

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kyza

Re: But there ARE uses for this!

Just as I posted my rant to Bernard and his 'there's no market for this' including the example of logistics, I read your post suggesting exactly the same thing!

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kyza

Re: The fact that

but there's just not a market for this

Really? You've conducted both in-depth consumer market research as well as talking to professional groups like surgeons & surveyors about the possible applications for Glass? You've investigated and rejected how this could be used in logistics if combined with say an RFID unit to assess visually the level of stock in a warehouse.

I'm sure that's how you've come to your conclusions about whether there's a market for Glass and similar products or not.

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Outback geothermal plant goes live

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Re: "The rocks driving the geothermal plant have a temperature of about 242°C."

What does that equal on the 'homes this could power for how long' scale?

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Re: Hollywood got there first

About to become an issue again, thanks to the forthcoming giant monsters vs giant robots flick, Pacific Rim

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: Let's NOT buy the google glass

Since you're not one of the 1500 Americans who've bought the Explorer, V1.0 of this product none of this need concern you. You can't buy one yet, and there's nothing to indicate these would be standard TOS for a commercially available product.

As someone said above, I also suspect that this is a being done to both limit the prospective secondary market one what was a raffled product and that for a full commercial release reselling would be permitted.

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Will Google's rivals swallow the 'labelling remedy' pill?

kyza

Re: 'BEUC called for an alternative remedy -

There's probably a way of dodging taxes in that arrangement somewhere. Buy the ads against shadygoogleshell.bvi Inc and watch the money disappear into a sunny Caribbean tax-haven.

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Google: 'We'll track EVERY task on EVERY data center server'

kyza

Out in the wild...

...this will be variously reported as

Google snoops on your PC - Impact on house prices imminent

How much does google know? Ill qualified liberal hack exposes plan to spy on your PC

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Google's 'power to switch off the lights in Europe' has 'chilling effect' - rivals

kyza

Re: Payday Lenders are scum

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2252368/Payday-lender-hounded-suicidal-dad-repayments-recovered-hospital--clawed-cash-times-just-day.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21683739

Not all of them behave like this, and yes there is an argument that for some people they are a useful adjunct to the mainstream credit industry, for those on low incomes who have histories of being poor with credit, they're a nightmare.

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Re: Times are changing in Googleland

That's the way all those toolbar installs word it, and amazingly I - and probably 000s of others - have been able to parse that sentence successfully and not install said toolbars.

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Chinese boffins predict iPad-sized supercomputers

kyza

"The technology may even bring about a supercomputer in the shape of an iPad," he added

Dear Mr Qikun,

This is a letter requesting you cease and desist from any attempts to create a putative supercomputer in the shape of an iPad.

The iPads unique rectangle-with-curved corners shape is copyright & patented by Apple Inc. and even thought you're in China we'll sue the arse off your university if you build anything that looks like our shiny slate.

Yrs

Sue, Grabbit & Run

Attorneys at Law for Apple Inc.

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