* Posts by Flatpackhamster

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Just a quickie, then: Boffins' 11 picosecond spontaneous emission

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I find myself consistently agog.

Every time I read the words I will never understand in one of these "Boffins make breakthrough in femto-wizardry" articles, I marvel at what science is doing and I wonder what the technological world will look like in 20 or 50 years' time.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: So close!

I don't think he was really interested in upgrading. I think he was interested in buffing his Linux credentials.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Hmm

I wouldn't say it's a great way to carry out a study. You've got no real control over who's playing and there are an awful lot of variables and 150 or so games isn't really statistically significant. Further, it would be useful to establish if males still exhibit this behaviour when they know, or think, that everyone they're playing against is female.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Re: Chrome sleek and fast, Firefox bloated and slow

Firefox is memory hungry, particularly if you leave it open for a long period of time. I've had Firefox using 1.2GB of RAM before, and even now with two tabs open - this one and androidcentral.com - it's using 430MB of RAM. 400MB of RAM to look at two pages? Yerwhat???

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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Re: Geothermal Power

How convenient is it to get the power out of Yellowstone to where it's needed. Without looking at a map I don't know but you've got to run all those miles of power cabling.

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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Because of equality. And fairness.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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It's just Eadon's new account. Check the posting history.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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Re: Supermarkets

A cheesemaker I know got his product, after long negotiation and lots of work, in to a major UK supermarket whose name sounds a bit like Bainsbury. After a few months the supermarket came to him and said they were going to do a BOGOF deal on his cheese, and he had to supply the free one.

Now you could try to argue that cheese has a 'season' and so this small scale artisan cheesemaker had it coming because he had lots of cheese that needed shifting and the huge supermarket was just doing him a favour. Or you could accept that the supermarket is the worst thing to happen to food producers in five decades and stop defending their bullying of food producers.

The outcome of the tale was that the cheesemaker told the supermarket to go and fuck themselves. But the only reason he was able to do this was that he was selling his cheese direct to the customer through farmers' markets, and selling through small delis and the like who weren't trying to fleece him to sustain their corporate profit margin. If he had been entirely reliant on the supermarket for his sales he'd have had to suck it up.

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Difficult to justify the upgrade expense

By that time Apple might not put any sockets at all on their new machines. Best buy now while they still come with at least one connector.

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Fish boffins: Big-brain babes are brilliant, but benefit for boys is bijou

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Re: Did I miss an important fact?

Over a hundred year period, both males and females scored 0 on their survival rate.

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Taming the Thames – The place that plugged London's Great Stink

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Agree.

When you look at the quality of the workmanship on something like this and then you compare it to, say, a new train station, you wonder what's happened to the world. It's as though every architect born after 1945 decided 'Gosh, what the world really wants is square grey boxes with square glass, just like they had in Soviet Russia'.

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

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Video card question

The article says the desktop mac comes with an AMD Radeon R9 M290 but I can't find that on AMD's website. I can find an M280 and an M290X. Can anyone shed any light?

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Screech! Grand Theft Auto V malware mods warning

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Re: Obscure X-Men reference

noclip

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: It was indeed very pretty.

I think it's dumbed down partly because of a culture of 'inclusiveness' which means getting rid of all the long words in case someone doesn't understand them because god forbid they might be challenged by something and go and look it up.

But it's also dumbed down because the BBC does lots of programs 'in association with' other companies. So there's one on Madagascar 'in association with' animal planet. The program is full of pictures of Madagascar and its wildlife, and very occasionally a snippet of information. The blind cave fish were mentioned - we were informed they were blind and occasionally swam upside down. Nothing on what they ate, how they bred, how they found their way around, or anything at all about them beyond 'HURRRrrrrr look at der wyrd fishies'.

There's also the ones done in association with the Discovery Channel, which feature beautiful pictures, soaring music, and just occasionally, when there's time, a snippet of information.

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It was indeed very pretty.

However, in terms of actual information provided to the viewer, it was poor when compared to Attenborough/BBC work such as Life on Earth and The Trials of Life. And this is one of the problems I have with the BBC. It has dumbed down.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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The purpose here?

Separating a group of gullible wealthy people from their money. It will succeed admirably, I've no doubt.

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Re: RIP Magsafe?

Quite. I can't abide Macs or the OS but the one piece of engineering I really admired and envied was the power connector.

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EXTREME FEEDING: BLUE whales' gluttonous gobbling of fishy fluids

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Re: Nothing new under the sun

Nature does it better. Have you ever seen a whale's tongue wrapped around itself 20 times?

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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Re: Better blatant than latent.

If Putin thought hard about it he'd realise that if he really wants to Purge Teh Gay what he needs to do is stop forcing gay men and women to marry and pass on their genes and start encouraging them to come out and be as gay as they can and not have children.*

But I think Putin thinks hard too often as it is. He lies there at night thinking 'hard, hard, hard'.

(*Assuming homosexuality has a genetic component, natch, otherwise the Putin Plan To End Teh Gay will be a catastrophic, covered-in-sequins-and-dancing-to-Erasure failure).

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: I have had exactly this.

So I'm a retard because I bought a device which, unbeknownst to me, had a preset shelf life that none of my electronic devices have ever had before?

Classy.

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I have had exactly this.

On my 3-year old Panasonic plasma TV, and my 2 year old Panasonic Blu-Ray/smart box.

'Older' systems my arse.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Let me get this straight

Dicking around with figures on a computer isn't really 'the economy' though, is it? It's not real money. I'm skeptical that it offers any real value to anyone except sellers of luxury watches and cars and houses.

We don't have any empirical evidence of the effect or otherwise of a FTT so surely the sensible thing to do is to test it. Run it for a fixed period and see whether or not the economy is better or worse. If it's clearly made things worse for everyone (eg corporate tax receipts have fallen so there's less money to pay off the deficit, and it's put people out of work) then scrap it, because we'll have proved it doesn't make anything any better and makes an awful lot of stuff worse.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

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I've seen a number of these on the roads around here.

Without fail they've ALL been driven by men in their sixties, seventies or eighties. At a top speed of 35mph, regardless of the road conditions or speed limits. Very strange. It reminds me a bit of the Nissan Almera where the advertising was all WOAARRR RARRR RAAYYY and the buyers were all draylon slippers and campervans.

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Re: Pointless

But you can't buy loo roll or food in the shops.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Telegraph reviewed it.

Nary a mention of the need to own an iPhone.

And the battery lasts a WHOLE DAY, sometimes NEARLY TWO DAYS.

Wooooooo.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Rule 1 of getting your funding agreed...

Claim it'll solve climate change.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chana masala

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Re: Tinned chickpeas

The plasticy skin is the just the outer layer of the chickpea which comes off when you cook them from fresh (dried/soaked) anyway, so I don't see how it would make any difference.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Re: Fibonacci

Fewer. Fewer targets. Not less targets.

I hope your'e not in charge of grammer and spolling teeching.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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Re: Office issues this week

Interesting, I had exactly the same thing on a copy of Access 2007 - msain.dll errors which required an office repair. Problem happened 2 days ago which would, of course, be straight after Patch Tuesday.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Not Mac users.

They're all creatives, and even if they're right handed they'll work left handed because left-handed people are artistes, dahling.

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Re: Warning - C-Max is shit.

I find that very odd indeed. I never had that problem in my Focus with a rear-facing infant seat. Maybe it was the child seat model or the ISOFIX system.

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Re: Urgh, how I loathe rain sensing wipers.

That's not 'turning it off'. What I want to do is to choose the speed at which the intermittent wipers go because the rain-sensing one is no good at gauging the speed the wipers should go at.

The sensitivity sucks balls. And I don't want to just get it to 'run once'.

It's really not hard to operate the lights and the wipers. The controls are surprisingly close to the driver's position and they are also labelled. I do wonder when it became necessary for people to have cars remember to turn their lights on for them.

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Re: Warning - C-Max is shit.

Dogged - How far back are your driver and passenger seats? I don't remember a problem with a rear-facing infant seat on the rear seat of my Focus. It's not a C-Max but it's the same chassis.

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Re: Standard questions

I own a 2014 Focus and I can confirm that the answer to your first question is 'no'. The fashion is for spacesavers so that's what you get.

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Urgh, how I loathe rain sensing wipers.

Designed in Europe for European weather, I think, and entirely ignorant of British drizzle. It drizzles and drizzles and the wiper sensor just keeps saying 'nope, no rain here' as your windscreen gets progressively more opaque.

AND YOU CAN'T TURN IT OFF! That bugs me more than anything. I've turned off the automatic headlights, because I am a functional adult and can gauge when the lights should be on, but I can't turn off the automatic wipers. Drives me mad.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: Question

Those rolling blackouts, and power rationing, is actual policy rather than just a scare story. The European Greens support it and want it included as standard policy, so it's part of the EU's energy policy. The national green parties (German, French, Dutch etc) even have power rationing and cutoffs included as part of their manifesto commitments.

I have contacted my power company and told them I refuse to accept the installation of a smart meter.

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Re: Question

It's an EU directive. The government chose to sign it in to UK law and act on it.

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Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?

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Re: Ceres is a jewel of the sky

I was reading yesterday that because of its location and its minimal gravity it's just as easy to go to Ceres and land there as it is to Mars. Plenty of water, as you say, and a good jumping off spot for the rest of the solar system.

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Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

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Re: Awwwwww.

"Flame units only. I want rifles slung."

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Re: Having cars that will park themselves will also free up space in cities

I'm not sure. I think you underestimate the number of people who won't want to share their car. I wouldn't.

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Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox

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Re: Where's the Wii U version?

"Computer, charge jump drive"

"---You said: Dump Cargo."

CR74,000 FINE INCURRED.

I'll stick with my keyboard for now.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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The weather? The wide open spaces? The unfeasible sense of joy in every single human being in the country?

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Reg exec in deluxe roo-skin pen case beernami trauma

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That explains

Why you only get kangaroos in hot dry Australia. If they lived in England they'd be soaked through all the time.

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D-Link removes fingers from ears, preps mass router patch

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Chucked mine before Christmas.

Bought an expensive D-Link 8-port home router to replace my old Draytek which had given up after 8 years, and spent most of the six months it was installed emailing D-Link during the brief periods when I could be certain of internet access. I must have had seven or 8 beta firmware updates, none of which made a jot of difference. They told me my line must be faulty.

I went and bought another Draytek. D'you know, it turns out my line isn't faulty after all? I told them to go fuck themselves and chucked it in the bin. Never again.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: So

This isn't about the quality of the product, it's about whether or not television provision by the taxpayer is an ESSENTIAL in the way that state schooling and defence are. It quite clearly isn't.

Since the telly tax is the same price for everyone, it clearly hits the poorest hardest and the BBC's highbrow stuff is entirely consumed by the middle and upper middle classes. So if you're comfortable saying 'I like taking money off poor people to keep Tristan Bronwell-Chlostyon and his mates in macbooks and to ensure I can watch Borgen on a Saturday night' then good on you.

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Re: So

Your analogy might work if state funded television services were an essential service as defence or education are. Other television providers are available to all. Other defence and education services are not.

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Re: So

When did it become essential? Don't you know that 200,000 media studies graduates DEPEND on the BBC to keep them out of a job at Tesco's?

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Just had another one.

Acer desktop from John Lewis came with Pokki preinstalled. Quality nice!

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Re: Pokki is fine

A 30 second Google should have brought you (assuming Pokki doesn't redirect your browser searches) to the Classic Shell website. Much nicer than Pokki.

I still don't like 8.1 on a desktop computer. Small touch screen it's great, but classic shell is (for me) essential on an 8.1 with a big screen or a non-touch one.

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Not just laptops.

I've seen it on Lenovo desktops too. I thought it was weird when a brand new desktop straight out of the box came with malware on it since I've been spotting Pokki in the wild on badly infected machines for a few years now.

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