* Posts by FartingHippo

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Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces

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And that may be why the iWatch sweeps all the other contenders aside. One thing for sure, it'll be a whole lot better looking that the fugly mothers in the article.

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

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Shoes are the way forward...

Those crazy Japanese with their shoe-cameras:

In 2010

And 2011

It happened in the UK too. A certain...oh, I see a theme here...Ryoji Ogi of North Finchley.

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Gay marriage? We'll put a stop to that 'human BUG', says Nintendo

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Re: Same Sex Marrage

Really? Whenever there's a gay scandal*, odds on it's a Tory MP.

*Why being gay is viewed as a 'scandal' in this day and age is a whole other topic.

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Nvidia opens pre-orders for handheld Shield console three days early

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Re: Hmmm

My thoughts exactly.

Jaguar, anyone?

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Re: Brilliant

You missed a bit:

"Sorry wrong department, I'll just transfer you over"

*click* ... *dial tone* ... *scream*

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I said ‘no’ to a million-pound Tech City empire

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NOW it makes sense...

"a maximum of five people rattling about in 2,000 square feet of office space"

"my client purchased a cheap office in an East End dump that ... has transformed into a million-pound property"

Why didn't he sell years ago, then? What a moron.

"at least one day a week is enlivened by the sight of lingerie models padding around the site, usually in their lingerie."

Ah. I see.

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Japan begins planning exascale super

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Billion cores?

Are you sure? Several million cores, maybe.

K had 705,000 cores, 10 Petaflops, and commissioned in 2011. Several years of chip development later (the new monster is due in 2020) I can't see it needing ~1,400 times that number of cores for just 100 times the floppage(TM).

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PERIL in ORBIT: ISS leak plugged in FIVE-HOUR spacewalk

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Five and a half hours!?

I'd have done it in 10 minutes with a roll of duct tape.

Amateurs.

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On the hunt for a new ampere

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Re: The problem is how many electrons in an Ampere.

"roughly pi giga seconds in a year"

Tsk. No. About 10 x pi megaseconds, unless your definition of roughly is very different to mine. Back to school, young man.

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Ancient thumb-driven whirly-wheel smartmobe UI ported to Android

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Chu Chu!

UI - whatever.

But thanks for using an image with Chu Chu Rocket highlighted. Brought back some memories and has left me 69p lighter in the wallet department. Cheap at thrice the price :)

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Lego fan constructs Bletchley Park Colossus

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Good work that man

Have a pint.

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Stroke my sexy see-through backside, says Jobs from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: A method

There are many situations where a small hole, rather than a large one, is preferable.

For more info, check out "wizard's sleeve" in the Profanosarus.

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Huh?

"as previously the iPhone mobes tended to look like your average mobile phone. Now, however, they look like iPod Touches after Steve's koumpounophobia made him strip back the mechanism to a touch screen and (horror of horrors) one great big, horrible, clicky button."

Since when did iPhone mobes look like an average mobile phone? Did I miss a generation? Did the iPhone 0 have a number pad?

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Boffins' invisible magnetic ring pieces: Next-gen mobe emitters

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SI prefixes are useful

"500 billionths of a metre wide and 10nm thick"

Really? Two ways of writing the same unit in one sentence!? Is that helpful?

Answer: NO

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Ray Harryhausen, king of stop motion, takes final voyage

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Legend

Went to see him give a talk in Bristol about 10 years ago. He was interviewed by Phil Jupitus (who, it transpired, was a huge, huge fan).

About an hour in, Ray reached into the bag he'd dumped by his chair and retrieved one of the original Argonauts skeletons. The 300 people in the audience all took a short intake of breath, and held it. It was geek nirvana :)

An amazingly likeable and modest man. We'll not see his like again.

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PLAGUE of SEX CRAZED MONSTER GRASSHOPPERS to hit East Coast

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Primes

Even more interestingly, there's another species which runs on a 13-year cycle, so they'll only meet the 17-year bugs every 221 years.

Insects are cool.

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Google's Schmidt calls for 'DELETE from INTERWEBS' button

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Re: Schmidt

He's friends with Ted Stevens and his series of tubes. I don't think I need to go on.

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Peak Apple: Foxconn contemplating life after Cupertino

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Re: Laudable but...

Huh? That's either far too obscure or far too clever for me.

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Re: Flame in three, two...

[citation needed]

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: Oh Lewis!

So Lewis did some stupid things as a kid. Big whoop. I feel for you if you can't say the same.

Kids will be kids and do stupid things. I bet much, much more harm is done falling from trees or diving into shallow water than with messing around with under-the-sink chemicals or fireworks. To punish curiosity and tomfoolery using anti-terror laws is f*cking absurd - that was the point being made.

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Re: Screw the iWatch

Too right. If you can't use it to attract a metallic boat and thus escape Dr Kananga's alligators, I'm not interested.

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

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I've just been peeling onions, dammit

"select this option with the mouse"

"select an option with a number and press RETURN"

Awwww, cute. *sniff*

Look, Paris is wiping away a tear too.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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Actually, 64% don't.

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Re: Sounds like the author is committing the same sin

In other words: "nice work if you can get it"

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iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

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Back from the brink?

Great news for Nokia, and good for everyone to have a third player in the market.. I hope their market share continues to rise.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Not joining you. Sorry.

Ironically my lunchtime steak and ale pie - complete with delicious mash and gravy - cost £5.00.

(Should have saved this post for Friday, when it really would have hurt.)

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Re: Standards Dropping

Quite right. Here a link for other disappointed commentards.

"that picture"

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You hear that, Mr Cook? Samsung's profits have gone UP

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Cult of Jobs

You know, I always used to scoff at the idea that one man could be responsible for much of Apple's success. Ridiculous! [I thought] A company that size is the sum of all its employees. No single individual has that much influence!!

I could, just possibly, have been very wrong.

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Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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@AC No.2

Your psychic powers are amazing. You knew all that was true just by reading his (or her) post!

If you do spoons too, then you are truly the successor to Uri Geller.

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

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Re: It's about time!

I blame the immigrants. Porn has also reduced the value of my home.

(c) Daily Mail

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I must live a sheltered life

"The PM wants to get skin flicks banned from wireless networks in spaces such as coffee shops, libraries and railway stations."

Is there really a problem with people cracking one off in Starbucks, or on Platform 11 at Euston Station?

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CISPA row: Slurped citizen data is ENORMO HACK TARGET - infosec boss

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So, in summary...

...what could possibly go wrong?

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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Re: Can we check one thing?

Bit right-wing and screamy, but the facts seem sound:

http://order-order.com/tag/hodge

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Well said

Margaret Hodge is a bit of a rent-a-gob. Pops up left, right and centre with media friendly quotes but no real solutions to the "problems" she's highlighting. She's a politician, in other words.

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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iBeetle?

iBoughtThisCarTenYearsAgoAndNowItsFullOfOutdatedUselessShit

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Readers, we need you... for LOHAN ignition failsafe brainwaves

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Re: Slippery rings

Without a picture, that makes almost no sense at all (to me). But it sound very convincing!

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The Reg puts Vulture inside the Large Hadron Collider

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15 million gigabytes

15 petabytes sounds a lot cooler :)

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'He's F**KED with the wrong nerd ... I warned I'd go public'

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Re: Eric, fixed that for you:

Yes. We got that implication. First sentence of article:

when head hypocrite honcho at Google Eric Schmidt

See what they did there?

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Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

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Re: Betteridge's Law says 'No'

I don't think any country should ban the swastika (even if you put aside its use in Hinduism and Buddhism).

If people want to identify themselves as racist, antisemitic, cro-magnon morons, that's entirely up to them.

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Re: Smartphones are for yesterday's cool kids.

I've never seen 'intriguing' used as a synonym for 'moronic' before. Still, I dare say they'll not be as bad as those miniscule bluetooth earpieces which make you look like a sherry-swilling tramp (merkin-speak: hobo).

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

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Re: Sorry Kobo, I would like a Kindle version please

Calibre (with the Kindle plugin) is your friend.

Even if you haven't got a non-Kindle reader I'd highly recommend it. Who knows what future DRM debacle will render your lovely ebook collection unreadable otherwise.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

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Re: Could he have survived the flight?

The wheels are also very heavy (unless it was the nose gear they contain brakes powerful enough to slow down several hundred tonnes of aircraft - that ain't light), and are still spinning on retraction.

Given the take-off speed of a long-haul jet is around 200 mph, that's going to be a very messy - and mercifully short - meeting of man and rubber.

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Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

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WTF?

WTF?

That is all.

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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

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Re: We need a relay

Surely the easiest way is just to move the orbit of the Earth (or Mars, if you're lazy) so it's perpendicular to the current orbital plane. Blackouts will still occur, but much less often.

While we're at it, we could re-spin the Earth putting the North Pole closer to Alaska, and thus moving blighty to warmer climes. It's been snowing all f*cking day. In f*cking April, for f*cking f*cks sake!

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Why does our galaxy spiral?

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Waste of time and money

Water going down a plughole = Stars around a black hole. Ta-da!

I'm still waiting for my Nobel.

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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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Google vs Microsoft

I don't mind Google sharing the browser market*, or the email client market*, or the productivity suite market* with Microsoft. Competition is a great thing for the end user. It was a lack of competition that resulted in the execrable IE6, or Windows ME.

What I really would mind was Google displacing MS at the top of the heap. That "do no evil" plaque is already looking tarnished, and a market dominance in areas other than ads would hasten its demise, I'm sure.

* Yes, I am aware that other products exist, but you know what I mean.

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Is UK web speech regulated? No.10: Er. We’ll get back to you

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@ Loyal Commenter

"I am pretty damn sure that my local council hasn't been using anti-terror laws to check if I have been putting my bins out on time" and "hyperbolic rhetoric"

Wrong on both counts, I'm afraid.

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Oh dear. Here we go again.

Remember those anti-terror laws? The ones intended for terrorist? You know, the ones your local council used to check you were putting your bins out on time? Yes, those ones.

When you hear a politician say "Oh, don't worry. Maybe the language could have been a little clearer, but I promise this won't be abused" you can safely assume that either:

a) they are stupid

b) they think you are stupid

c) they are lying through their teeth

d) any combination of the above

Because as sure a shit stinks a blogger is going to end up in a court sometime soon.

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

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Re: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow ...

Aieeeeeeeee......!!!

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: Silent Running

FWIW, I always found Silent Running a bit mawkish. I do like the fact that the robots were so small they to use amputees to operate them, though.

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