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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Only unlicked devices should ever be allowed....

I was going to make a comment about how TVs only used to work in small parts of the world, allegedly to protect various manufacturers. Then I saw the spelling mistake in the title and started having visions of wiping spittle off of my new electronic goods....

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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

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its also on apples own site, but that would be pretty hard for you guys to check I guess :P

http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/princesstreet/

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Or you can read about it here

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/edinburgh-princes-street-apple-store-opening-date-1-3567469

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: 500,000 Batter Packs

They will be able to sell the lot in Scotland

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: It will be business as usual.

"Scotland will continue to use the pound. They currencies will be fixed", and George Soros never really existed.

There is no way a Scottish issued pound fixed to the English/Welsh/NI pound will survive the currency speculators. It would be cheaper if the Scottish parliament just burned a couple of billion pounds in a big bonfire and then introduced a new currency

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If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

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What happened is you put in your parental password for your sprog to buy something, then as default google would assume that you ALSO ok'ed anything that was bought for the next 30 minutes.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Re: so just like...

Maybe making the rotating parts of the drive chain from asymmetrical components would mean that bits of it would wear out quicker?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Medical doctor (GP) not a scientist?

I thought that getting a doctorate, which actually involves doing "research" might qualify someone a bit to understand "research". But not at the register, where you get grouped with homeopaths.

Are you saying that medicine is not a science?

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

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Palm users

Surely palm users are intimately familiar with the size of their todger already?

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: Maths?

As the instrument measures the spectrum of "reflected sunlight", it don't work very well 50% of the time (when it is dark)

http://eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OCO-2MissionBrochure_final_508.pdf

page 7

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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Re: I wonder if...

If there is no space station after 2020 then there will be nowhere for the manned dragon to go to. I would think that the prospect of losing 4 years of NASA pork is not that amusing for them

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Not correct!

tooyo'oenoo'

(http://www.colorado.edu/csilw/arapahoproject/language/dictionary/dic_frame2.html)

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

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Re: Full story?

The referred article says "the complete oxidation of glucose", so there is no way that hydrogen is produced. Complete oxidation means the end products are carbon dioxide and water.

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

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Re: If only there was a way for computers to send data to each other...

The main problem is that GPS satellites don't do leap seconds, so GPS time is already 16 seconds out from UTC. Also you cannot predict when you will need leap seconds as it depends upon the weather on top of the mountains, which affects the amount of ice that accumulates in winter which affects how fast the earth rotates.

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Re: Desktop monopoly

You must be a god, I couldn't even type 1K lines of lorum ipsum in 2 hours, let alone 1K lines of working debugged code!

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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food 3.0

I propose that you should add a 1/2 bottle of vodka to the evening glass, then not only do you save the time taken to prepare your evening meal, you also save 2 hours down the pub.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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Re: Overpopulation

Maybe, but judging from the comments here, its gonna be a lot of effort for very little goo :P

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Better Place electric car outfit goes titsup

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Re: Let's just wait and see...

Probably no-one, better place only have 500 customers and that is less than clever which already has a nationwide network of fast-recharging stations in Denmark, and more customers too. And there will be no other cars using the battery shift technology apart from the renault fluence, so there will never be enough customers to make the station profitable.

Forgetting the technology, I find it hard to understand why anyone would want to go down the buy-the-car lease-the-battery route. When I get a car its either buy or lease, not buy a bit and lease a bit. I mean you wouldn't buy a petrol car and lease the engine. The "better place" way was that you buy a bloody expensive car, then you have to rent a bloody expensive battery. So you have all the disadvantages of buying (high up front costs) and all the disadvantages of leasing (e.g. maybe the administrators will take the batteries back from the customers and sell them in France). Similarly when you sell the car on, you have to sell the car, and sort out battery rental with the new owner.

So even if the technology worked really well, I think most people would avoid the complex ownership/lease model, because when you spend the amount of money that a car costs, you want to understand what you are buying.

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Thank god I bought VHS

No drm on those suckers, can't watch them anyhow as the player is bust, but at least there is no DRM. (to be truthful most all of the tapes got f*cked when my basement flooded so it wouldn't matter at all). The books survived, kinda, but as they smelled of sh*t they got thrown out too. To be honest the tapes were more of a fire-hazard at the end than a useful library of data.

So its swings and roundabouts, and to be honest most movies/books only get watched or read once by me so I don't really care about DRM, just about how convenient it is to get the content. What I would like would be if I could access books or movies for about £2 for a 6-months or so, then I would be happy to rent them, but that seems unlikely to happen.

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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

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Re: Kids should NOT be allowed.

His daughter is married, so I guess the "kids" can make their own mind up. Old peoples kids get old too!

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Boffins explain LED inefficiencies

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Re: Weird physics

No, heat is not light. Heat radiation is the same as light though, but you can transfer heat in other ways too e.g. conduction or convection.

But you don't have to transfer "heat", for example a single hydrogen molecule in a vacuum can be vibrationally excited or not, meaning it has more or less heat, but this doesn't involve any photons.

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

You can get 3 points on your licence in Britain for using a hand-held mobile phone, https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law

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UK Serious Fraud Office queues up to probe HP's Autonomy allegations

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Re: Surely...

Only if the seller is being truthful, otherwise clocking second hand motors (moving the odometer backwards in a car for non-brits) would be perfectly ok.

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What's NFC? PayPal lobs Chip and PIN readers at UK small biz

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"rival service iZettle and the much-hyped Square it uses only the magnetic stripe" I think this is not correct. IZettle used chip-and-signature, and this means that VISA didn't approve it because "it has to support mag-stripe too". Nothing to do with mastercard supporting IZettle ofc.

As far as I know they now have started a chip-and-pin solution, but they have never done mag-stripe

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: Just had look at the "License"

Not sure about office, but if you run windows in a VM under windows then you need two windows licences, one for the main "windows" and another for the copy running in the VM.

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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2013 windows bound to PC

According to danish website office 2013 license is tied to particular PC, so when your PC dies you have to cough up for a new license: http://epn.dk/teknologi2/computer/article5210229.ece

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

dkjd

Re: Random Poking

no, and writing code that assumes every error code you don't know about should be treated as "successful" doesn't work that great either.

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

dkjd

Or...

Maybe the reason is that e-readers are basically the same product as they always have been. I can updgrade my phone or tablet to something better, but if I buy a new e-reader it will just be exactly the same as the one I already have.

So I buy new phones every now and then, and have bought a tablet in the last year, but I still use the same kindle, and will continue to do so.

Maybe if they could get a real colour e-reader, or one with a bigger screen then I MIGHT be tempted, but why the hell should I shell out 100+ beer tokens to get a device that will just do and look exactly like the one I already have!

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral

skelband:

Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

"And they marvelled at him" I guess accountancy has not changed much in the last 2000 years

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

dkjd

Re: Please use other sources to research the actual case before posting more idiocy

So "veti" he wasn't innocent? Are you saying that in America you are now guilty until proven innocent? I thought you still had to have a trial first! I think you have been reading too many Judge Dread comics.

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Curiosity clears Mars radiation levels for fleeting human visits

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FAIL

unaware is not the same as non existet

Try googlinfg "amifostine" for papers in the us national library of medicine. There is a lot of "scientific" stuff to be found there.

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Apple rejects NAKED HIPPIE ebook, despite apple coverup

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Re: cultural and geographical limitations

Or its a case of a fairly dull book, that no-one much buys, getting a shit-load of free publicity in Denmark! Its easily available already as a epub (e.g.from saxo.com) (danish publisher), has been for yonks, and its funny how this happens JUST before christmas present buying time.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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Re: Why don't they make the cable lockable?

I guess that its so the fire brigade can pull the cable out if the car catches fire, or there is any other sort of electrical fault requiring emergency services to disconnect the power in a hurry?

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Amazon quietly un-wipes remotely wiped Kindle

dkjd

Re: Restored?

Norway is not in the EU

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

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Re: Actually, as an American...

But the amount of actual beer you get in a Pint glass, in a British pub, after the foam has settled is normally less than all of the above!

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Amazon prices up Kindle Paperwhite for Blighty

dkjd

Backlight???

I think you will find that the light is actually in front of the display, otherwise you would not see the light.

Here is a clue in the amazon prodcut description:

"Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays".

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UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

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Paying many times

Maybe the length of the validity of a patent should correspond somewhat to the replacement cycle time for said product. As a consumer who replaces a smart phone every 3 years or so, why should I pay 7 times to have bounce-back on my phone?

I can see that (maybe) I should pay to have this feature, but I don't think I should pay the inventor more than once. So my proposal would be that mobile / user / consumer software patents should be valid for about 5 years, then just about everyone will have paid to use the software once or maybe twice, and in my opinion that is plenty!

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Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

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Re: @Psyx

"It would take four-fold increase in in efficiency just to get even with our current cost of generation for all other methods. "

And so what, its completely irrelevant. If you get a 4 fold increase in efficiency but it costs 8 time as much to make and run, then you are worse off. You need to reduce the unit cost to make the stuff economically viable, no more no less. So half as efficient at 1% of the cost and you would be more than good to go for example.

Low interest rates will also help, as then the up-front capital costs become easier to absorb, otherwise after about 25 years net present cost of fuel for a coal station is effectively zero, just like solar.

Oh, wind turbines are limited by the Betz Law, not by any considerations of friction, and again the price of energy has sfa. to do with the efficiency of the machine, ih has to do with how much it costs to buy, how much it costs to run, how long the machine will last, and how expensive it is to borrow money. (and how much it costs to get rid of the stuff afterwards, but I believe it is normal to ignore this when you look at nuclear :P, or just build an extra reactor or two to cover the disposal costs if you live in Britain! ).

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Re: @proto-robbie

Not if it was a high-voltage DC network. HVDC is suitable for long distance transmission, but not short distance.

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Elon Musk's new re-usable, hovering rocket ship in first test liftoff

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China

I guess they don't count at all then?

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

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Maybe they don't want to dig up around the old box and risk breaking analog cables that are not placed exactly where they expect them?

Maybe they are being nice to the local dog population?

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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already use sh*t on normal farms

Human sewage is already used as fertiliser e.g. http://www.thereview.ca/story/concerns-over-sewage-sludge-being-spread-eastern-ontario-farmland , but not on organic farms though afaik (as it contains too many chemicals, and is also slightly radioactive).

In demark you can get organic potatoes from marocco, covered in soil. The funny thing is you cannot import dirty potatoes into the EU, so what happens is that they get a slight covering of Danish dirt put on them before they are put on the shelves. Because that makes them look more "organic". Its a strange planet we live on (not as strange as Lewis's brain, but bloody strange nonetheless)

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

dkjd

Re: Problem for 3-D Secure?

Norwegian verified by visa uses a java applet and a paper set of one-time codes iirc, so its nothing to do with javascript.

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Mr Bank Manager, help yourself to my smartphone contents

dkjd

Get a tin-foil hat

and keep the credit card there, next to your brain.

(I have lost more money to dodgy £1 coins given as change in pubs than to any electronic fraud).

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

dkjd

Safer???

Autoignition point of Sodium borohydride is 220C, and you are proposing to run around with a big lump of it at 350C. I don't think it is safer to construct a tank that is guaranteed to catch fire if it breaks, rather than one that might catch fire if you are unlucky!

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Fake Facebook photo tag ruse smears malware on PCs

dkjd

Re: Off topic, facial recognition

If you are drunk in a public place in the UK, then people can take piccies/videos of you and sell them for profit. So unless the picture was taken in your house then its too bad for you.

Tagging in facebook is linking the image to your facebook account, so if you don't have an account you should not be tagged.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

dkjd

Re: The tyranny of "Every little helps"

Actually plastic bags are a fairly big percentage of landfill, enough so that it just might make sense to mine them from old landfill sites for energy use (http://www.machiels.com/company-detail.aspx?ID=885c55e0-f3b6-4fe6-aa25-1fa7bfc312dd). Which until recently was pretty well pure sci-fi!

However at the moment it probably would make more sense to burn plastic bags after they have been used and then use the heat for community warming (thereby curring out hte waste-dump middle man). Then the plastic bag is then just a step between the oil-well and the power-generation part. Of course if you want community warming then you need to build the power stations close to where people live, and that will not happen in Britain at the moment.

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We need to invent light switches!

Then you won't have to disconnect the transformer to stop the transformer power drain for your ceiling lights Lewis!

Put a 230V on/off switch next to the door of the room and that would surely stop the transformer drawing watts out of the electricity supply.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Lager is already served metric in Britain

As far as I can determine when you order a pint, you get served 500ml of beer, and the rest consists of air, because you are supposed to like a head on your "pint".

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Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

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Damnit I just insulated the house so according to this article I am poorer as I will use less heating in the winter.

At the same time we installed a window at the top of the roof that we can open in the summer to let the heat out of the house without using air-con so I will now be poorer all year round.

When the local "commune" installs regional-heating in 2 years time then I guess I will just have to accept that I am going to be on the bread-line, aa I will kinda feel obliged to use the cheaper (to me) heat source.

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