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863 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Microsoft Mascots bad...

Did they not learn from clippy?

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: Hangouts for SMS

Google will be glad you find some of their offerings sub-par; they can't wait for you to hand them their slice of the price on a replacement sms app, or even better install an ad-supported one. Probably the same for the issues with the desktop.

This is obviously bored speculation and paranoia, but can anyone deny that now android has market share it would make business sense to nudge users towards the profitable add-ons?

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Japanese boffins unveil INVINCIBLE robot rock, paper, scissors 'bot

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Re: I wonder if you can fake it out

Rock your right hand up and down as is custom during the 1-2-3, then drop it and throw your move with your left.

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UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

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Might be a market for a secure phone where you can plug/unplug the microphone and or camera at will.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Re: Imagine getting across the Pacific at Mach 6?

You could reconstruct that sensation by letting a lorry drive over you.

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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

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This makes me sad

I always enjoy BOFH, but - into November and we're only on episode 9?

They're becoming a rarer and rarer treat.

Someone (Not me obviously) slip Simon a backhander and commission some more.

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Garages are notorious for being unwanted and will be completely obsolete as soon as the motorcar is phased out which can't be far away now. first on a new buyer's "knock down and replace" list.

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HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

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My thoughts

Flawed but good. The bugs I saw were the framerate issue on PS3 (dropped down to about 5FPS once and needed as reset) and a bug where I lost most of the functions associated with the triangle button (Couldn't interrogate informants or do silent takedowns. One gripe is that the 'playable Deathstroke character' is just a reskinned Nightwing with the same moves as the last game. It is more of the same Arkham style gameplay with just a little cautious innovation thrown in, so whether or not that's what you hanker after should dictate if you buy this full price or wait a while.

My biggest gripe with the game is BIG SPOILER WARNING

The main bad guy is the bloody Joker. AGAIN. I get that he is important to the franchise, but would it have killed them to show Batman facing the schemes of another villain as the main threat for once?

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Re: @ auburnman: It Could Be Worse Than That

"Russia is very wary, if not actually scared, of China."

So you're saying if China asked for him, he'd be stuffed in a bag and shipped over priority delivery?

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If he really has dirt as good as he has just announced, then he has just completely fucked himself. EVERYONE is going to be after him.

Does he really think Russia would be against quietly handing him over to China for cash or favours?

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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My biggest problem with my phone as alarm clock is I'm never awake enough to realise if my fumblings equated to 'Snooze' or 'Off'. I got into work VERY late a few weeks back 'cos of it. I'd quite like an alarm app that audibly tells you 'Snooze Selected' or 'Alarm Deactivated.' (And in an ideal world, it would activate the microphone and listen for a few seconds after that so you could change it from one to the other by shouting at it.) I realise I could search the store, but the problem is everyone and their dog appears to have done an alarm app and I can't be arsed trawling through thousands of them to find the best one.

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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

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Re: Let me translate:

They'd be better off waiting until the game is out and passing off game footage as real world recordings to a suitably thick government official:

"You need to buy our security product: Watch this criminal cause a car crash by hacking the traffic lights with his phone!!"

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Google's latest ad push gives LONE LAWMAKER the creeps

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"the majority of those users signed up to Google+ didn't actually interact with it, so the appearance of their faces in ads might in fact come as a bit of a shock to some people."

I'm just guessing from personal experience, but my money is on the non-interaction with Google+ extending to people not having uploaded a profile photo in the first place (not of their actual face anyway.) I would say there will be a lot of photos of babies and pets advertising stuff as this is rolled out...

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Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes

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holding a Union Flag upside down

If old annuals of The Victor Book for Boys taught me anything, it's that that's a distress signal! Mobilise 007 immediately, he is obviously a hostage in the clutches of some nefarious Bond villain.

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Wikileaks FAILS to start Twitter bitchfight with Guardian hack

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That's Rich

Wikileaks throwing mud about not contributing to legal defence funds

*cough*BradleyManning*cough*

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Royal Mail FAIL as web brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown struggles with investor demand

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Re: "loss-making postal service"?

Which diktat is that? I thought it was being sold off because the Tories are sexually aroused by privatisation.

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Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

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Re: Self-driving cars are never going to take off

"On top of that, 1% of the entire population every year are killed on the roads (730k in the UK, apparently), with a significant proportion i'm sure where the wrong person (or robot) gets the blame."

That 730K is the figure for killed OR injured. If 2000 people were dying every day on the roads there'd be uproar. Mind you, the very fact that the figure of 730K works out to 2K/day makes me wonder if the 'official estimate' was pulled out of someone's arse.

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

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Editorial suggestion

Please stop repeating snippets of the article in a bigger font halfway through. It's not a magazine page, you don't need to draw my attention.

"It's not a magazine page, you don't need to draw my attention"

I have already consciously clicked on the article and decided to read it, the repetition just interrupts flow.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Re: A can of worms..

The best Hoover I ever had was a thirty quid Dyson Cyclone technology knockoff from Electrolux. You'd forget to empty it as it never seemed to lose suction.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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Specs making ChromeOS pointless?

Decent RAM +Processor + SSD should make ANY decent OS fast as anything. So where's the argument for using an OS that is crippled when you can't get online?

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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Re: OK, so that's the fictional deity out of the picture

One step at a time...

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Brits spend one in every 12 waking minutes online, say beancounters

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Re: Seems about right...

Obviously those surveyed 'forgot' to mention their web use at work...

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TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

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Re: Geography Lesson

Not when part of the discussion is if this is another rumour / hoax. Hoax > Email Scam.

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Re: Geography Lesson

Who mentioned Nigeria?

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: Digital signature conundrum

Or perhaps get a dozen, twenty or even a hundred legit watermarks from hacking, social engineering and or volunteers, then liberally paste ALL the watermarks into the pirate copy. Call it the " I am Spartacus" defence. How would the industry prosecute if they can't pin it down to one person?

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Re: Devils Advocaat (with ice)

Or they could prevent you from watching the film at all on the grounds that it would be making an unauthorised copy in your memory.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

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Re: Yep!

Top notch, just snagged a couple to play around with. Tesco and their 'bargain' Hudl can go swivel.

Cheers min!

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Re: Yep!

Who was selling a tablet at £31? Was it an unknown brand or something like the TouchPad fire sale?

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Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more

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Re: Nothing will make airships viable.

But perhaps one day with all the new Metamaterials becoming available to us we could have a viable lightweight vacuum chamber. Fingers crossed.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Auto tills had some redeeming features...

... back in my student days, a mate of mine who worked at Big Supermarket Chain TM discovered that the job destroying tills would accept ANY money off vouchers from the free magazine, regardless of whether they applied to the items in your shopping basket or not. Vouchers on toilet roll, Shampoo and crisps would give a bill reduction on a basket of Vodka, toffee and Super Noodles. If I recall correctly there was a brief period where he could do his weekly shop for £1.

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US spy court says internet firms can't report surveillance requests

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Re: err ,,,, [auburnman]

"It is only slander/libel if it is untrue (or rather a defence against a charge of slander/libel is that what you said/wrote is true). So if a person is subsequently found guilty there is evidence that what you said was true."

My point is that it is still slander at the time because the accused has the right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty and they don't get takesies backsies for the offence after the guilty verdict - when the statement was made the defendant was false as they were legally innocent then. Innocent unless proven guilty could theoretically provide wiggle room for a slick tongued lawyer.

Look at it this way - if you told everyone I was a car thief (when I wasn't) and I later stole your car in retaliation, your statement, although now true, remains false at the time of making.

I am not a lawyer either, but I too like to argue over wordings.

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Re: err ,,,,

Innocent UNTIL proven guilty. You say hundreds of key documents have that error, when in reality you just disagree with the wording. Which is fair enough, but look at it this way. If someone commits a murder, and that murder is witnessed live and recorded on CCTV, it is STILL wrong to say that person is guilty before a court verdict EVEN WHEN THE EVENTUAL VERDICT IS GUILTY.

If a paper calls the defendant guilty while the relevant trial is still ongoing, then it is slandering an innocent and interfering with Justice. That doesn't retroactively become okay three days later when the guilty verdict comes down under innocent until proven guitly, but under innocent unless proven guilty? I'm not sure.

In the context of the principles of law, It's not about whether you ARE innocent or guilty - no court will ever 100% truly know that - it is about WHEN the duty of the legal system to treat you as an innocent becomes the right to deal with you as a convicted criminal.

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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Would they be allowed to sell them straight away? I know they can seize and sell proceeds of crime, but wouldn't they have to hold them until a court convicts Ulbricht before they can be disposed of?

They would probably hang on to the 'cash' anyway, Bitcoins will probably be in demand in the FBI for undercover/sting operations.

From a technical perspective, would it be possible for other users of BitCoin to know which Bitcoins landed in FBI hands from the blockchain? ie if I were an Underworld Kingpin, could I rig a system to decline BC transactions involving coins that were in Ulbricht's wallet?

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US.gov - including NASA et al - quits internet. Is the UN running it now?

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Re: Goose and gander and rabid hypocrisy laid bare ?

Perhaps Obama calling them "extremists" is laying the groundwork to have them rounded up under terrorism laws.

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Half-Life 3: CONFIRMED?

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Re: G man

My biggest worry about HL3 is that they have set up too many questions for one game to reasonably answer; your questions above barely scratch the surface. What did Eli know about our 'mutual friend'? Did Breen escape to a 'host body'? Can G-Man be trusted?

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

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Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but I can't see any branch of Dixon's keeping their 3D printer up and running often enough to be relied on. The minimum wage till monkeys won't care when it breaks if they ever get properly trained to use it at all. Staples can't keep their 2D printers running half the time.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Re: Thorium reactors

In a nutshell:

-Fear of radiation without understanding it (from the cold war legacy, not helped by fearmongering among the lesser news publications)

-Not in My Back Yard (Because of the Fear)

-Lack of experience with Thorium reactors (When nuclear power came around most countries chose Uranium reactors because they produced Plutonium as a byproduct, which comes in very handy when you are trying to join the nuclear "Do Not Fuck With Us" Club

Political Blindness/Spinelessness (See Germany's decision to stop using reactors.

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

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Re: They did add a pony

Ask yourself if the poor on food assistance are eating junk food because they want to or because it is the cheapest option? I can't find the article at the minute but there's a lady who wrote about living on the poverty line, and how she would have loved a little education as to what foods can be both cheap and nutritious.

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

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The bit that always horrified me when reading about the Cold War was how the Cuban Missile Crisis almost ended civilisation, and yet in the later years the West pushed to get as many missiles in Europe as possible without thinking this could escalate.

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Fresh shift of 'nauts arrives at Space Station, planning torch jaunt

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If I remember correctly, even if you have an oxygen source that allows you to start a fire in space, the smoke doesn't go anywhere in zero G and just hangs around the flame and quickly smothers it.

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HTC staring down the barrel of a US sales ban after Nokia's patent coup

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Re: Now we know...

Nokia: Please buy our failing phone division.

MS: We're thinking about it. will you sell the patents?

Nokia: No, but you can licence them for a decade.

MS: That's good, but we're quite interested in establishing royalty payments to end the scourge of free software.

Nokia: Do the royalty payments have to go your way or is it enough that there is a financial cost to non MS software?

MS: Depends. What are you suggesting?

Nokia: If you buy the phone division we'll keep the patents but sue the shit out of everyone for patent infringement.

MS: Excellent.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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Re: I've not even looked at the single player yet.

You didn't have to wait to long to buy it, I longed to buy it for months before it came out.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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That's the one. I'm thinking of picking one up to see if the parents are comfortable with touchscreen devices before we go and get them new phones. Considering it'd probably only ever do Facebook email and internet the lack of GPS/camera is not really an issue.

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Unhappy

Nearly spat my tea out when I saw the £60 pricetag, but if the true price is £120 for those of us who haven't been stashing clubcard points I'll probably get a Nook Smoke as my 'cheapo' tablet - Argos are doing them for £80 in 8Gb and £100 in 16Gb.

Tesco might compete on price yet I suppose, they'll probably see how much uptake there is at 60/120 and then do a price slash for Christmas.

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No luck at all for BlackBerry as Messenger apps launch stalls

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Wow...

...the first time I have ever cared about what Blackberry are doing and they fuck it up. Way to miss a big chance with the iPhone & Android crowds guys.

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Re: Go hat in hand

"Blackberry should go hat in hand looking to partner with Facebook."

FB are in bed with Microsoft and therefore Nokia. Blackberry will likely get short shrift there.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Re: LOHAN contamination.

Other balloons? Rocket launches? For my money the microbes hitched a lift up to that altitude on the same flight as the sampling kit. Their shield may have prevented the sample drawer being contaminated directly by the balloon, but the balloon must have contaminated the atmosphere being sampled. Or the microbes were on the outside of the sampling box and shook loose at sample time. I can't see how this method could possibly produce an uncontaminated sample (Which unfortunately makes it likely their efforts will shortly be 'successfully' replicated.)

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Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

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Behind the times (but catching up)

Looks like the call centre countries have just reached the "no one got fired for buying Microsoft" Phase of the modern business world.

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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Re: Not as good as Carmageddon

BURN THE HERETIC

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Apple named in criminal lawsuit over Premier League–streaming app

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There is precedent for it - Executives for Google Italy have been found criminally liable before.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/google-executives-face-jail-time-for-italian-video/?_r=0

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