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* Posts by Crisp

1979 posts • joined 16 Jan 2012

Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

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Re: The problem with batteries ...

Well duh! When you design hardware, you design it with the limitations of the technology at hand.

If there were 6KWh batteries the size of a pinhead, you can bet that mobile phone manufacturers would add some feature that would drain that battery in minutes.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: so if I don't like it

They can take away a lot of your freedom in an EULA, but they can't touch your statutory rights.

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Once I've bought it, it's mine.

This is like a car manufacturer putting sugar in the tank of anyone that dares to sell their car second hand.

It's vandalism.

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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

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Advertise some unlimited internet even if it's not.

After all, everyone knows that customers will be much more loyal to your brand once they find out you've lied to their face.

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Apple branded porno-peddling perverts by Chinese Pravda

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I'm going to reserve judgement until I see some evidence.

Sexy Evidence.

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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

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Re: Very good!

Sometimes there's no substitute for playing on original hardware.

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Boffins spin a solid state qubit in a nucleus

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Re: Nicho

It's quantum.

So you can sit there in a state of both understanding it and not understanding it at the same time.

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Antares aborted after launchpad mishap

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Wallops Flight Facility

Is that anywhere near the Crash Bang test range?

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

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Re: "standard industry practice"

It's almost as if there's no real consequences to outright lying to the public...

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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Re: I think that's why NEXUS have no sd card slot

If I need my phone to use a FAT file system to operate with my Windows PC, then didn't I buy a license to use FAT when I bought my copy of Windows 7?

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Re: …And we still have no idea what these patents are

You could be violating those patents right now!

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I'll bet that there's not one bit of code written by Microsoft in there.

Microsoft are trying to get rich off the back of other peoples hard work, without lifting a finger to do any work themselves.

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Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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Obviously the Design Museum in London

Has never seen a decently designed website before.

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Samsung: Posting of fake HTC hate was 'unfortunate'

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Re: The recent incident was unfortunate

I was just thinking the exact same thing. Why is it that they always say something like that only when they get caught.

They then say "We will continue to reinforce education and training for our employees to prevent any future recurrence." like it was some rogue employee that did the deed, rather than an actual co-ordinated marketing strategy. Which I found odd because they admitted that they have suspended anonymous "marketing activities".

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Eerie satnav boffinry claims it can predict THE FUTURE

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When drivers don’t pay attention to the road for protracted periods of time, bad things happen.

No shit Sherlock!

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Hands up who wants 3D finger-controlled fridges? That's the spirit

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These patents are not designed to cultivate innovation

If anything, they seem specifically designed to prevent legitimate implementation.

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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Honesty, eh?

We can only hope this catches on!

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Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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Re: Tom Melly

Any relation to Roger Melly?

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Re: anti-piracy ads

I've never understood the rationale behind putting anti-piracy ads on legitimate content.

If someone has bought legitimate licensed content, then that is precisely the audience that doesn't need to be inconvenienced with two minutes of nonsense like "You wouldn't download a car would you?".

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Re: DRM Doesn't work

As has been demonstrated by big content providers time and time again.

I'm still sore about the BBC's DRM on their iplayer content. No time shifted viewing of the Royal Institute Christmas Lectures for me! :(

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Anonymous squirts all over NORKS in birthday surprise outrage

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Re: "Depicting Kim Jong-un as a pig"

Upvoted just for the Monkey reference.

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Raspberry Pi space jaunt ends in dramatic mountain rescue

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Locals bearing flaming torches and pitchforks

Ah! The bane of every mad scientist!

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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

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Eric Schmidt has demanded tough rules on civilians flying surveillance drones

Screw you.

This is a kite.

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Thatcher’s data protection legacy: Just fill out this 16-page form

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I just need to know

Your name, DOB, mothers maiden name, the first line of your address and postcode, and your password, for "Data Protection".

Hang on. You called me. How do I know you are who you say you are?

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Re: why is it illegal?

ThePirateBay is sometimes the only way to recover media for something that you've legitimately bought.

My old copy of Starcraft and Brood Wars still entitles me to play the game, even though the CD's that the game came on died a death a long time ago.

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ThePirateBay.se down?

If only there was another way of accessing their website...

Maybe something like a series of four octets that would allow you to access the site no matter what the DNS name was.

Edit: I should have read JDX's post.

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Under the microscope: The bug that caught PayPal with its pants down

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A sanitised input? What's that?

At least El Reg sanitises its commentards'";GO;DROP TABLE Students;GO;

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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It's only fair.

There are copies of kindle books in other dead languages

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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Surrey Integrated Reporting Enterprise Network

You've got to have a good acronym!

Otherwise, what would all those marketing committees do?

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AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware

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Re: Should simply say

The Looking for Group tool was the death knell of the social aspect of the game.

Before that, you got to know people. Some you'd avoid like the plague because they were ninja looting scum, and others you would bend over backwards to run a dungeon with because they were so damn good. People got reputations.

Now all you have to do is click a button and you end up in a team of people that don't try because they've not had to put any effort into getting a group together.

/rant

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Mars orbiter finds remains of pioneering Soviet Mars 3 probe

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Re: The first photo from Mars

What?

It's clearly a bunny rabbit.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Re: Super Sonic

You needed a light touch with Super Sonic. He's a rapier, not a broadsword.

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Not enough Tails love

My favourite character of the game. With his two tails helicopter move, he saved Sonic's behind more than once.

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Chemical-dipped TRANSPARENT BRAINS bare all for science

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Re: brains!

Brains? Brains!

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Re: Wouldn't it be reasonable to have some sort of security?

You'd think.

Security from the start. It applies to engineers as well as developers!

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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So, essentially what you're saying is

Now is a good time to buy?

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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They are very blurry

How fast were they doing it?

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

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Avoid the rush hour, avoid higher rates.

What a great way to screw over the majority of people that have to work for a living.

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French spies do a Barbara Streisand over secret nuke radio base

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Duck Sauce

I wonder what they will make of this.

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Re: Flüssigmetallblasensäulenreaktor

I for one welcome the arrival of multi-lingual articles.

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US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons

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Is that a weapon in your cyber toolkit?

Or are you just pleased to see me?

(I'll show myself out)

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

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Google+

Is that still going?

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US Navy blasts drones with ship-mounted LASER CANNON

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Re: What about satellites?

Nor the ability to collimate the beam.

Which is important if you want to fire a laser through several kilometers of atmosphere.

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Re: Pulse is Infrare, So Silver Paint Probable Won't Make A Difference

I doubt very much that a $5 tin of silver paint would be an effective countermeasure to a $32m frickin laser.

I would have thought that would have been the first scenario that the R&D boys tested.

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Salesforce cuts app development steps

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"Our goal is to make it as easy to build an application as it is to build a website"

And as soon as you do that, every idiot that can string compilable code together is going to publish an app.

I'd hate to see app stores turned into the modern equivalent of GeoCities.

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MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND

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Re: Missing Windows 8 User

Looks like Eadon is collecting downvotes again.

Either that or he's trying to be funny.

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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I love the look of that Elan machine! How did I miss that first time around?

I'd worry about it's evil twin Nale coming to get it though.

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US judge: no class action against tech giants' 'wage-control pact'

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It's only an illegal cartel if they are fixing prices for customers.

When it comes to fixing wages to defraud the worker, apparently it's all legal and above board.

1 law for them and 1 law for us it would seem.

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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Is this an actual physical effect or a mathematical one?

The intersection of a pair of scissors can travel faster than light, but seeing as it's just a geometric point along two lines, it's not an actual thing, and therefore can travel as fast as it likes.

Is this "information transfer" something similar? As nothing physical is actually being transmitted between Alice and Bob.

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