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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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500W

But does it need a cooling system flush every 20k watts?

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: Maybe

Hey Blind Faith was a great group.

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Those damn pagan Python scripts ... what do you expect from code with no semicolons? They rely on indentation ... the devil's work.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The real difference

Dear old fart ... you missed the point. No, I never worked on the STAR, but saw a demo about year before Apple came out with the LISA (I did use a LISA). It was the concept that Apple stole, not the computer. Just as XEROX didn't invent the three-button mouse, it did invent the mouse.

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Re: The real difference

You're absolutly correct, Apple basically copied Xerox's STAR computer and made it into the LISA and MAC. But, I don't believe for a minute that the world would be a poorer place without Apple.

What Apple is really good at is re-packaging other people's ideas to make them look shiny and new.

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We don't want your crap databases, says Twitter: We've made OUR OWN

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Re: SInce when are secondary indexes novel?

What is a secondary index anyway?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Healthy?

The science is this article is dubious to say the least. But the logic is far worse. First off, this was a study about getting cancer and not about general health. So the study finds (?) no correlation between organic foods and cancer but now we jump to the conculsion that organic foods provide no health benefits.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Best I've seen yet on this story

Here it is:

The mother ship with a tractor beam has the airplane.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Re: sooo.....

Looks like your head is up your ass. I kown, your argument is that it's not in the "good" book, so let's not get facts in the way.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Yes ... But

What is pi in base pi?

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Re: The USPTO

Didn't you know Jobs invented magnetism before he died? So it's only natural that Apple should get the patent. Screw all those people who claimed to have something to do with it - Ampère, Coulomb, Faraday, Gauss, Heaviside, Henry, Hertz, Lorentz, Maxwell, Tesla, Volta, Weber, Ørsted - they had no clue.

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Syrian Electronic Army slurps a MILLION reader passwords from Forbes

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Re: I ain't Spartacus

I think you've missed the point. This is not an issue about IT or it's people. It's about today's society. It's about how everything has become so complex (by purpose) that people have given up. It's about black boxes and technological hocus pocus. Ask anyone who texts on their phone, 'Why is the there a limitation on the number of characters?' and they don't know. But sad thing is they DON'T CARE! It's all part of the wizardry of technology and there is no curiosity.

And you're correct we are too busy to learn. That's because:

The average time spent watching television (U.S.) is 5:11 hours per day.

The number of hours per year the average American youth watches television is 1,200 compared to 900 hours per year spent in school.

Americans spend an average of 13 hours per week playing video games.

And again the quote from Carl Sagan

'We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.'

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Re: Astonishing?

"The enemy outside your walls generally isn't nearly as dangerous as the dumb/stupid/ignorant/insane people that live inside your walls. "

Great sentence ... It's a has to be a premise for a book about the 'technolgy revolution' of the 21st century. About the 'smart phones' for dumb people. About how people have no clue about the world they live in. Or as the late Carl Sagan said so wonderfully:

'We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.'

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Re: Hubris

You should replace the word hubris with supidity. Most politicians have no clue about the bills they pass (very few even read them), let alone bills concerning technology. They are driven by lobbists, money and getting re-elected (in fact, that's they main objective),

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

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Re: Overly aggressive throttling?

Except when they advertize how much bandwidth they provide. Such bullshit ... it's all about control and making money ... it's the American way!!

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Ufortunately, it's all about control, or to exercise power. I like to think of it as basic insucurity.

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Open MPI hits milestone with FORTRAN-ready 1.7.4 release

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Re: Mmmm... Fortran...

My first FORTRAN was written around 1972. I haven't used it since the middle 80's, but it still was (is) a programming languge which has a great set of libraries. And for everyone who is cocrned about FORTRAN or Fortran .. GET A LIFE!! It started out as FORTRAN (like COBOL) and I don't see any reason to change it!

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Jon Callas, CTO of secure messaging biz Silent Circle

He is party correct when he said "SMS is a hack – it was never designed to be secure and was thrown together for convenience." SMS was never meant to do what it is doing.

But it wasn't "thrown together for convenience", it was thrown together to make money - lots of money! And the public, like all things they don't understand, were duped into thinking it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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You missed the most important one

The HP-35!!

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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You've got to be kidding. The NSA does what it does, and dosen't give a sh*t about outside, inside or in between. It is in the business of gathering information even if they don't have a use for it. It's in the busines of spying and to accomplish its mission through clandestine means. It's budget is not made public. Even the number of NSA employees is classified. It's more than big brother, it's big sister, mother father and is not accountable to anyone, even the President and Congress.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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Re: But it is a Mac

The point is sarcasm! Did you miss it?

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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Real Programmers

Real Programmers use TECO!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: It's inevitable...centronics port and a toaster?

The toster was on the Amiga!

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

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Re: Liberal spotted

Asshole spotted in this rant.

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15% of Americans still holding off from this newfangled interweb thing

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data from telephone interviews - useless

so we're missing data from people who don't have telephones ...

another useless and irrelavant survey and for what purpose?

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"2,252 adults ages 18 and older" - this is not a very large sample - where and why was it conducted - who gives a shit anyway.

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Feb 17, 1775

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Franklin's Contributions to the Conference on February 17 (III) Fri, Feb 17, 1775

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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subsidized or 'look at all the idiots out there'

you people are stupid morons if you think apple is subsidizing anything!

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Want faster fibre? Get rid of the glass

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Re: Umm, minor point Hollow fibre propagates optics near speed of light

Good points ... now is hollow fiber still fiber? (is it fibre?) Or do you mean a wave-guide?

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First the NYT, now the Wall Street Journal: But are hacking attacks from China new?

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Re: A golden opportunity

If you think the economy is bad now, just wait until we "whack the Chinese military hard"

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Quantum crypto still not proven, claim Cambridge experts

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Maxwells theory of electromagnetic wave propagation

The point is, Maxwell equations it is a theory about light as waves. The single/double-slit diffraction experiment shows that light can be thought of not only as waves but also particles (the photon). You can send individule quanta of light one at a time through the slits, but still have a difrraction pattern created like waves. This also works for electrons and other 'particles'. Hence, the wave-particle duality.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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Fingerpointing

To the person who posted this.

" Fingerpointing is one thing, Mr Stallman, but making things better does require skill. Did you set up a public proxy server? Did you create a new internet layer protocol which provides security and anonymity? Did you create the router firmware for it?"

You are an ASS!

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Adobe demands 7,000 years a day from humankind

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Re: Question - 50,000 Lawyers

Q: What do you call 50,000 Lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

A: Not enough

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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

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Re: Absolute rip off, but not a toy

Sorry the Mac was a toy, an expensive one at that. The Macs had task switching not a real multui-tasking OS. The Amiga would run circles in tems of performance and graphics ( it, as you may recall, had specicalized procecessors for graphics which off-loaded a lot of cycles from the main processor). The mac was a desendant from Lisa (which was way overpriced), and Lisa was a desendant from the Xerox Star. As usual, Apple was master of re-packaging, not innovation.

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Tech rivals team up for free web dev docs

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Fartbook Mickey$oft, Crapple and Screwgle - Indeed!

I find it ironic that these were the exact same companies who screw up the web standards in the first place? Now using open source software for their project is just a testimony to how badly web standards have become. I don't trust this at all.

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Drinking too much coffee can MAKE YOU BLIND

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Water causes drowning

Researchers have found a correlation between water and drowning. According to the study, the number of drownings increases substantially when water was in the immediate area of the victim. A health warning is forthcoming.

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Apple files 'Shake to Print' iOS patent application

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good stuff!

If you drop into a toilet and it sinks it means that the printer is off-line or out of paper. Amazing!

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

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Congress report warns: drones will track faces from the sky

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The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1982.

Chorus:

I am the eye in the sky

Looking at you

I can read your mind

I am the maker of rules

Dealing with fools

I can cheat you blind

And I don't need to see any more

To know that

I can read your mind, I can read your mind

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McAfee: Emma Watson riskiest celebrity search

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Climate denier bloggers sniff out new conspiracy

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It's real!

The moon is made of green cheese.

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Let's cherrypick our nuclear diasters

"Since the Fukushima meltdown - as a result of which, not a single person is set to be measurably harmed by radiation - we know that nuclear power is safe. "

Huh??

Some facts about Chernobyl:

237 people suffered from acute radiation sickness (ARS), of whom 31 died within the first three months

Four hundred times more radioactive material was released than had been by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Thyroid cancer among children was one of the main health impacts from the accident, with more than 4000 cases reported

After the disaster, four square kilometers of pine forest directly downwind of the reactor turned reddish-brown and died, earning the name of the "Red Forest" A significant economic impact at the time was the removal of 784,320 ha (1,938,100 acres) of agricultural land and 694,200 ha (1,715,000 acres) of forest from production.

An area extending 19 miles (31 km) in all directions from the plant is known as the "zone of alienation." Ukrainian officials estimate the area will not be safe for human life again for another 20,000 years.

Between 5% and 7% of government spending in Ukraine still related to Chernobyl, while in Belarus over $13 billion is thought to have been spent between 1991 and 2003. No one knows the true economic cost of this accident.

The Chernobyl Shelter Fund, set up in 1997, has received €810 million from international donors to cover the cost of a large concrete sarcophagus expected to be completed in 2013. We are still trying to contain an accident that happened over a quarter of a century ago.

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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

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Re: Why C

Forgive my ignorance on this subject, but aren't a lot of operating systems and compliers written in C? If that's the case then using another language whose complier is written in C would be worse, since then you would have to debug both code and complier.

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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And the point is ???

So people who give money to non-profit (meaning they don't pay a lot of taxes) churches are supporting conservatives. Because we all know that all liberals are atheists.

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IEEE admits its MS-DOS history revisionist is in Microsoft's pay

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Re: and no-one mentioned RT-11 ...

I seem to remember that CP/M was a lot like RT11. I only used RT11 on a PDP11 and CP/M on an Osborne, but do remember the pip command on both.

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SCO keeps dying, and dying, and dying

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Re: MS and SCO

I guess quotes and facts are out of your realm, and argumentum ad hominem is the only thing you can provide (you can look on wikipedia for a translation). It's really not worth the effort to continue this discussion.

Have fun with windows 8!

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Re: MS and SCO

To answer your comment and opinion ('paranoid penguinistas that desperately wanted to blame the whole thing on M$ took the evidence of outside investment as somehow being a grandiose M$ plot.') with a fact from 2001:

'Microsoft CEO and incontinent over-stater of facts Steve Ballmer said that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches," during a commercial spot masquerading as a media interview with the Chicago Sun-Times Friday.' ---

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/06/02/ballmer_linux_is_a_cancer/

I guess MS thought that Linux software was some kind of medical problem.

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MS and SCO

"On March 4, 2004, a leaked SCO internal e-mail detailed how Microsoft had raised up to $106 million via the BayStar referral and other means. Blake Stowell of SCO confirmed the memo was real. BayStar claimed the deal was suggested by Microsoft, but that no money for it came directly from them. In addition to the Baystar involvement, Microsoft paid SCO $6M (USD) in May 2003 for a license to "Unix and Unix-related patents", despite the lack of Unix-related patents owned by SCO. This deal was widely seen in the press as a boost to SCO's finances which would help SCO with its lawsuit against IBM."

This was and still is seen, as MS atempt to crush or at least slow down open source.

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Republican filibuster blocks Senate Cybersecurity bill

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Re: I completely agree, US Politicians are no better than two year olds that need a spanking

You must be kidding. $300 for a birth ? $300 doesn't even get you an X-ray.

You're are completely misinformed about health care in the US and how it works. The insurance companies and heath industry control what you pay. These industries together contributed approximately $9.25 billion to PACs between 1998 and 2011 (more than three times the amount from oil companies). And this does not included the super-PACs.

So ask yourself, what can $9250 million dollars buy me? Maybe some really good legislation to keep the incredible dysfunctional US health system in check.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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I've got it!!

How about something like "Microsoft Bob"

codename "Utopia"

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Boffins demo passwords even users don’t know

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Brillant!!

OK Here's the deal. You play the game and then forgot you played the game, but remember that you forgot the password. So when you need the password you forget to play the game, in which case you remember the password. But on a quantum level, you can both forget and not forget the password, so play the game and have some a beer and remember the password. ... it's really simple and foolproof (and nobody with rubber hoses knows you forgot)!

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