* Posts by Bleu

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Atomic clocks' tics tamed by 3,000 entangled atoms

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There will never be such a thing in thy or my lifetime. Reasons are many, sure you are aware of most.

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Re: Boffinry!

Personal jet packs have long existed, been in movies and on TV, they just don't seem to have much staying power.

The New Zealand crew attempting to do something similar with fans seem to have a good idea.

One would imagine that it would still be as noisy as hell for the person mounted in the thing.

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Does the writer understand

the difference between tic and tick?

Apparently not.

Shame on the Reg.

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

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Re: Baldly go?

More than occasional, the cases where it really should be avoided are those that jar because of style and those where the meaning varies with post- or pre-verb placement (normally, etc.).

Otherwise, the 'rule' is a crock.

People with education 'split infinitives' in speech all of the time.

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Re: Baldly go?

You have cut-and-pasted part of your post, neither using quotation marks nor giving attribution. Shame on you.

I agree with the sentiment, though.

The reason the split-infinitive is such a fave error for spotting by the semi-literate is that even an idiot is able to spot it (a high rate of false positives from the idiots, prepositional 'to' frequently being identified as the start of a 'split infinitive').

In 'murica, it seems that many teachers tell their students to always (see what I did there?) place the adverb after the verb, even where it should naturally precede it.

That idiocy is all about avoiding the split infinitive. Unbelievable.

Then again, 'murican teachers also seen to advise their charges to avoid 'with' at all costs, except in such inane new formulations as 'I met with him at noon'.

Many more.

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Street Culture: Reg man's snazzy snaps of punky London go on display

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Re: What comes around goes around

No.

They may have, except that the modern subjects would be plastered in middle-class tatoos.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Hmmm....

May have been your intention, but the definitions I offered in an earlier post have a far stronger connection to language and logic.

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I gather he had, he did serve in Afghanistan, although whether he did or didn't made no difference to his insane murderers.

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Re: Hmmm....

If you think about it, neither TeeCee's comment (clearly intendedas levity) nor the reply makes any sense, unless we know the referent within the article.

Pyrrhic victory: victory with unexpected bad consequences.

So, Pyrrhic defeat: defeat with bad consequences for the victors.

Looks like the kind of post aimed at boosting sheer numbers of posts. The reply to it, likewise.

TeeCee, I don't think the Reg has platinum or plutonium badges to aim for through sheer weight of asinine but inoffensive comments.

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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Re: Utter fail

Have to agree with 'struggling to fill the page [or site]'. The Reg is not posting many interesting articles of late.

Cook is obscenely wealthy, so it was a very lame thing for him to say.

In other news last week, William Gates was reported to have massive investments in evil energy corporations, but then, he never claimed a ridiculous motto like 'Do no evil'.

That said, I very much enjoyed the one time I saw him speak live, even if he was wearing an all-too obvious toupee. At the time, he was pushing obj. linking and emb. (OLE), and DLLs. MS did not invent the latter, but was sure the main populariser of the idea, even if their implementation was as clunky and bug-ridden as hell until at least Windoze 2000.

Rambling me. Carmageddon 2015: The Need for Sleep.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Strange article

You are bemoaning women and perhaps men dressing in rather cheap party clothes at a conference for a well-known encryption standard (you do say it is RSA)? Why should they not?

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Ring Roads, After the Crash and The Age of Earthquakes: Guide to the Extreme Present

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Re: Two apparently unreadable books, one a picture book for children

The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord, his post-Situationist Commentary on the Society of the Spectactle (gnomic and I don't understand it all, but he makes the reasons clear), and his essay on wine from the same time, a joy.

The Revolution in Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem.

You can find many of the earlier ones, some of the later, at the Situationist International archive, which you must not entirely trust, there are so many great essays and ideas, I find the American and British ones to mainly be stupid (an intentional split infinitive), some of the French and other ones, too.

Many are brilliant.

Apologise for not replying earlier, so you will probably never read this reply.

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Two apparently unreadable books, one a picture book for children

I will avoid these publications, but would advise reading real Situationist publications before you make that comparison.

Sure, they had their share of jerks, also had more than their share of brilliance, puts the puerile crap from the hippy generation of the english-speaking countries where it belongs: in the rubbish bin.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Actually

when I think about the type of smell and the *relatively* few humans (not rare, not anywhere near daily) I hear or see releasing their bladders there, pretty sure the worst of the stench must be from cats.

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Re: This is a very good example

F-N

I didn't correctly point out what you say I did, it is not an offense here, if done discreetly, and away from places where it causes real offense, I don't think it should be an offense at all, except if done in a specifically offensive way.

I live above a small car-park, too many people relieve themselves there in high summer, I do not like it, but I don't think they should be arrested or fined, usually quiet, also, for women, the vehicles provide a little shelter.

BTW, sincere thx for pulling me up on the auto-input slip.

I often tell people when there is a toilet nearby 'excuse me, there is a public toilet/shop with a toilet you can use just a few metres away', including at the afore-mentioned carpark if I happen to be arriving home or departing at the same time, although there, it is understandable if people who are not from the area don't know where they are or are lost, it's a bit like a labyrinth. Would never dream of doing more than embarrassing them.

As for FA players, I don't like the mentality of soccer in general, so I just about never watch it.

While not agreeing on all things, I would truly like to hear in more detail what you meant about problems with guiding a wheelchair-bound person about in the first comment.

People who piss in the car-park that I live above, they make it a little stinky in summer, but I clearly see that they don't make a problem for the people in wheelchairs who live in and travel about in the area.

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Re: Why are you posting as AC?

Indeed, why not?

I just assumed that people only use AC when the post may endanger them in some way.

Clearly incorrect.

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Re: This is a very good example

You may explain the degree of suffering. I do not support people or dogs 'pissing across the street', but dog owners allow it, here most pick up dog shit (thankfully), but most allow their territorial markings.

If I am caught short in cold wind, I generally know where the nearest shop with a toilet or public toilet is.

If not, plants or a drain, which nobody can see.

I guess you are talking about summer, *sincere* congratulations for helping a wheelchair-bound person, but can't see the point of your post.

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Re: Wow.

Be careful there. You may inspire Mrs. K to a major media career, after all, Kim Kardashian was only copying Paris Hilton by releasing video of herself having sex, and pretending that it was leaked.

Never watched any of that, but I really do want to watch the Mrs. K and not-Mr.-K in the lift video, it sounds so wonderfully tawdry, pissing on the floor of the elevator is a great touch.

I would not want to see that elevator at the time or have to ride it a short time later, but the whole is really making me laugh.

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Re: If Gold rust then what of iron.

I've only read about it, but it gave me a much deserved laugh.

Seeing the video or video of the dirty people selling it to to the TV station would, I imagine, quell the hilarity.

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Why are you posting as AC?

I don't agree with all you say, but some of it is valid.

I must admit, this article and thread have really got me laughing, even though it is disgusting behaviour all around, pissing in a lift on camera (and knowing that), someone at the security company or council selling the video to a major TV channel, the TV channel broadcasting it, the regulator (IMHO) making the right choice against the complainant, although those who sold the footage should also be shown the door by their employers, that wasn't the complaint Ofcom was considering.

Biggest laugh I've enjoyed on the 'net so far this year, will have to watch the video if I can track it down.

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Re: Harmed her social life and job prospects?

Lift attendants in posh places that still have lift attendants appreciate people pissing in the lifts?

A level of perversion that I never imagined, and have trouble believing.

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Re: She seems to have turned

Are you implying that Mrs. K was at the top end of plus-sized?

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Re: sigh!

I would rather see the cult of the cat video or photo wiped from the face of the 'net, maybe we have a little of a start with major media playing the same thing up for a few years now, surely that is depriving it of any appeal to coolness?

The video of this sounds a little more interesting than one of your cat having a dump, and the acts likely left less of a stench. Cat shit is putrid, I know cat lovers enjoy the smell, can never understand why.

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Re: Pregnant women + very drunk

I was imagining it as an office party, sounded like that, but I suppose that was never stated.

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While you are correct

in principle, it is very hard to imagine that the CCTV watchers handed it to the TV channel without being given some money.

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Re: Dazed and confused ...

You and many others with the same kind of thinking should have thought twice before the CCTV wave arrived from Northern Ireland.

You can watch old documentaries and movies to assure yourself of that, if you didn't already know.

Personally, I have no intention of tracking the video down, but it sounds hilariously bad, like an early Paul Morrissey or John Waters effort, except that nobody was acting.

Writing that has changed my mind, I now want to see this tawdry pile of excreta, but if never able to do so, it will not break my heart.

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This is a very good example

of the role of television to educate and inform.

Not that I'll be tracking the video down. Personally, I think that discretely pissing in public places away from where people live or work when there is no public loo nearby should, other than in high summer, not be treated, legally or socially, as an offense.

It doesn't harm anyone, the temperature quells the stench, and it is easy to be caught short in the depths of winter.

In summer, people deserve a little social shaming if they don't find a place away from where others live or work, or worse, when there is a public toilet in easy reach.

In the elevator of a building, really, WTF was Mrs. K thinking!

I wonder what Mr. K thinks of it all, presumably he was not the target of her oral attention.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: Darwinism In Reverse

Better still, they suddenly grow tusks, long shaggy coats, and an extra elephantid layer of subcutaneous fat from lack of care in handling the genetic materials.

Unable to contain their hunger, they lumber to a fast-food shop.

A crowd of human hippotami, arse cracks on display, watch them eat, exclaiming 'Ooh, that is just so gross'.

As the mammoth-experimenters lumber out, they are trailed by hippos ...

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That is an insult to the long-deceased mammoth.

I always think of them as hippopotami.

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Another announcement, another project of dubious worth

Reviving the mammoth is more than thirty years old as an idea.

I don't think this research comes much closer than announcements from teams with collaboration between Russia and Japan or Korea in past years.

Maybe they can emplace the genes for hair growth and sub-cutaneous fat and switch them on, but it is on the same level as making a fruit-fly grow an eye where a leg should be, or making other insects grow antennae instead of legs (both already done), for the time being.

As many point out, WTF is human science doing with such projects when the locust-like population growth of our species and its lack of regard for so many others keeps putting more at risk of extinction?

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

Really unfunny.

Is it true that some down there enjoy licking the skins of cane toads or drying then eating or smoking the skin for a psychotropic effect?

I am sad that a nearby public garden has only toads, never frogs. The water is clean enough for frogs to live, but between children 'collecting' and carp, I have never seem a frog there.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: A point has been missed...

The article is ill-informed enough, but you are taking that to another level.

The Microsoft strategy, once they noticed the www, was to break standards. Sure, that stopped, but it took a lot of time.

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Netscape

provided decent support for other character sets.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Hairdresser

made me think of hairdryer and thought-associate that with motorscooter, via old slang. Most disappointed to see an article about a car.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Casio

provides surprising levels of customer support.

I won't go into specifics, but have been impressed.

Would expect nothing from Apple.

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Laugh at this

I am not an Apple hater, had a stint as admin. for an Apple network, wish I had the space to set up an old jelly-bean eMac, just for the retro-future feel.

... but really, the cult aspect is so absurd, and that the cult continues in spite of so many basic design flaws, this is only the latest of many!

I truly hope their watch has a similar fuck up. Might take that to discourage the worshippers at the shrine of St. Steve.

Then again, I suppose nothing will stop their devotees from being devotees, even the site gathering these complaints has an Apple-cult feel.

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Agreed

I was never able to consider buying one when they were new, but love the Dreamcast ports of KoF.

Like the NeoGeo, the NeoGeo pocket had a narrow range of genres, but still love it.

Very tempted by the portable, but too much clutter right now. Small flat, nowhere to put anything.

Going off the topic here, my favourite proud-of-retro arcade, loads of fighting games (including old KoF), loads of 8-bit, only had the stand-up version of Space Harrier until recently.

OMG, they now have a working mechanical cabinet!

I almost cried when I saw it.

Pure retro-game heaven!

Back on topic, love the old SNK games, KoF imagery is such fun, many of the forgotten arcade platformers, Metal Slug, all fun.

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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Re: Make mine Mac

For h4rm0ny.

While neglecting to mention one will have to lie on the floor to play with it or put it on another table.

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Re: available for phone AND Tables?

You naughty Nash, you know you don't really.

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One does see these 'bellends'

The ones who feel it looks cool to walk around with a headset and mic. combo. and look like they are talking to themselves.

Hasn't really caught on with Japanese people (one sees a few), but big among some segments of SE and SW Asian people, occasionally Chinese and Koreans, less often, the occasional westerner.

When I listen to what is being said, though, it never sounds like they are doing anything other than making a phone call.

I will have to listen more closely, but I suspect that I have never seen anyone using Siri or whatever the Google one is called, Cortana is a non-sequitur in our market, since current-gen. Windows phones are just about non-existent, quite an oversight on their part, because they did quite well here with CE and Pocket PC.

As I was saying on an earlier post, different thread, I much prefer a map, knowing where I am and the time of day, maybe a compass.

I certainly don't want to help to train these systems, maybe if the manufacturers were paying me much money.

Suggesting a new game, people who have access to these 'services' and who use them, try to train them to fuck up as much as possible. I suppose they rely on the search engines and text-to-speech, but there must be ways to subvert them, since the corporations are relying on users to train them, gratis.

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: I am curious as to

I am amused by the several down-votes for my comment, but know the source.

AnotherBird, you are correct under the letter of the law, but no charge for people having skipped bail in England is not uncommon.

In this case, where the charges did not originate in the UK at all, would not have been tenable under English and Welsh law, were trumped-up theatre all along, and where Mr. Assange has clearly done time, it should not be too hard to lay off.

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I am curious as to

why the Reg. awaits contact from the embassy of Ecuador.

I would guess that the embassy staff have cured him of his love of being smelly (which seems to have acted as a pheronome to the Swedish harridans or harridan, presuming that his later conquest was only a dupe in the whole affair).

His lawyers must know best, but it would seem wiser to wait out the few months until the time limit on the potential charge from Sweden runs out.

People get away with skipping bail all the time, should be that much simpler for a non-existent and fabricated 'crime'.

He has already done a few years, a much longer time and under worse conditions than, say, serious white-collar criminals like Mr. and Mrs. Huhne enjoyed.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Re: Americans and PI

Read about that in a reliable source in print. Made me laugh aloud.

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The twenty second of July

really seems to be a much better idea.

Much too hot here, though, dog days or very close to them.

A halfway decent pie is nowhere to be found here, at any time.

Why is the 15 part supposed to be important?

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: Both my favourite authors gone now ...

... and Jack Williamson, he still wrote a few great stories at a very advanced age.

Death happens, part of the human condition.

More of a tragedy for Sir Terry was more that he had to put up with early senility from his early fifties or late forties.

Come to think of it, I am thoroughly sick of Internet obits in general, every comment piling on to be more piously regretful than the last. I am quite sure that Sir Terry Pratchett would agree.

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My sister

gave me a book that I very much like.

She did not 'gift me with' a book.

Terry Pratchett has given the english-reading world much good writing, he did not 'gift' the world 'with' it.

Yes, that usage of 'gift' as a verb originated in New York, very recently, and irritates the hell out of me, even worse, people who claim to be writers, as on this article, don't even seem to recall give, gave, given, it becomes gift x with, gifted x with, gifted x with.

Illiterate crap.

Cheap as hell.

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Why do you say

'gifted' instead of 'given'?

It is terribly vulgar, in the pejorative sense, and most unworthy in an obit. for a very good writer and humourist.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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I don't know about your tasteless headline 'Putin's Russia'

but if I really felt the need for an especially secure phone, the product from this company would be more likely to be fit for purpose than one from Israel or the USA, with so much of telecomms controlled by the same place.

I also thought the Russian dual-screen phone, electronic paper on one side, active display on the other, seemed like a very good idea.

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Re: Neil Barnes Switching off phones does not disable built-in GPS functionality

If you switch geolocation off, the design, if any good, should cut off power and the clock signal to the GPS module. This saves a little battery life.

That is how the chips are designed.

So, it is not running if you switch robolocation off.

Matt is correct that coordinate transfer to and from the provider and display with maps use even more power, but GPS modules are quite power-hungry in themselves

GPS modules don't send anything themselves.

Matt's reply is correct on some but not all points. The phone should not be updating in the background if location services are switched off because of what I said above.

They shouldn't do it in the background either, with geolocation on and the phone off, but I would not be surprised if that claim is true, particularly in the case of Apple devices.

For my own part, I prefer the combination of maps, asking people, knowing where I am and thd time of day, a compass, and a bit of randomness, any time.

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It is easy enough to switch the thing off.

Snowden was in an unusual situation, where he had reason to expect a visit from a 'friend' carrying an always-on transmitting device.

That is not how it goes in general.

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