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21 posts • joined 20 Sep 2011

Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Re: I want...

You'd want a snappy handle? For carrying, or hanging things on?

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Unit police

Should really be Joules. mAh implies a particular voltage and makes comparison squiffy.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Is it a joke??

How would it be better than the Sonos? Are you talking in terms of sound quality, or in terms of connectivity and other functionality?

Sound quality isn't the only criteria for evaluating equipment, you know.

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What about power consumption?

You never see people talking about that, but Sonos is dreadful. Each individual piece must be left permanently in standby, consuming ~5-10W, by design. If you switch them off at the wall, the mesh network doesn't like it and can take several minutes to sort itself out when you switch it on again.

Until they drastically lower standby consumption I'm steering clear, great though they undoubtedly are.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Re: Subsidy

Yes, phone subsidy should be sold separately as what it really is: hire purchase.

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I've been a Three customer for 3-4 years now and really like them, having tried all the big operators and several smaller ones over the years. Being able to use your data contract in the US without worry is *outstanding*, as is the general transparency of their pricing.

As a separate point, buying a phone on contract is crazy if you can afford not to. It works out the same or cheaper, but you're not tied down and if enough of us did it, perhaps the networks would feel a bit more pressure to compete properly.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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One person's cost is another person's wages. Forcing a £100m spend like this is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly as it's widely distributed.

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Re: I suppose...

6 or 7 people came over to your seat? Really? What airline were you flying?

I suspect you may be altering the truth a little.

Also, what you were using is called a "laptop". It may have a flippy touch screen but at 2kg it's fooling nobody.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Re: MAC users aren't that dumb.... ...?

Why do you put "Mac" in block capitals? It's not an acronym.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Two words to fix all your woes:

Andrews & Arnold.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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>> It'll be interesting to see how this is handled on Android when the time comes...

Most Android applications (games aside) are written in Java so porting will be trivial. The native apps will need relinking to a 64 bit version of the NDK, but I don't see that it would be difficult to avoid a big mess with careful use of metadata in the Play store.

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: One up the spout!

You were taught incorrectly. Contraction is perfectly acceptable in written English. Formality of writing is a sliding scale, but this article was written in a jovial, informal style. The contraction was perfectly placed.

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Boffin

Re: One up the spout!

No, that would be "Adam's a mistake". The particle "a" is required.

"Adam's mistake" is short for "The mistake of Adam." This is a possessive apostrophe.

"Adam's a mistake" is short for "Adam is a mistake." This is a contraction apostrophe.

"Igniting a bullet's not the hard part.." is a contraction. The 's is a contraction of "is".

"Igniting a bullet's charge", which is not in the article, would be a possessive apostrophe.

I'm assuming you're a non-native speaker?

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

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WTF?

Re: so that's what it was......who knows? Ah, nobody!

As we collect more and more evidence, we can use it to test our ideas. So we probably will know one day.

Ain't science great? It's not guessing, you know.

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First Firefox OS developer phones to launch on Tuesday

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Re: What I want to know is

What's with all the bad language?

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'Fastest storage in the WORLD' plugged into mighty boffinry Cray

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Boffin

Does anyone else want to cancel out the units when they see "megaflops per watt" in a story?

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Apple, Google tumble off top 20 trusted companies list

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Meh

BBC, John Lewis?

Where's the BBC in this list? What about John Lewis? Tesco?

I assume this is about the USA? Context suggests that it is, but you've not explicitly stated that in the article.

Anyone would think that this journalist's unwritten assumption is that the world ends at the US border, which would be fine if he wasn't writing for a site with a large UK presence and a worldwide readership.

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

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FAIL

Units

I couldn't focus on this article. All I could see were the dodgy conversions.

12.4mph? Really? Are you sure it wasn't 12.3 or 12.56?

Convert approximate numbers apprioriately.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_precision

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Microsoft to offer dual upgrade path for Windows 8

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Welcome to the party, Microsoft. I'm willing to bet that the process still won't be as easy as the Mac OS Lion upgrade.

Click, download, install. Job done. No silly questions, no fussing about.

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How to go from the IT dept to being a rogue trader

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Where the hell did you work?? I've worked in front office investment banking IT my whole life and have never encountered a "Tiger Team", let alone anyone who was serious about door security.

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