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Creating your GOLDEN statue of NICOLAS CAGE FINALLY possible

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The molten metal doesn't chase the wax out

The mould is heated in an oven to melt the wax out before casting.

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

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Re: Open Source is where seasoned professionals made their early mistakes...

It's usually people with commercial closed-source interests who like to spread the lie that open source doesn't have good professional developers.

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Re: A problem that could have been fixed

I'm familiar with tar, but "man -k feathers" returns no results.

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The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

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Re: So truth is stranger than fiction.

ISTR a sci-fi novel in which power from a parallel universe was tapped by special antennae, so truth really isn't stranger than fiction in this case.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: What the hell are they doing?

So far Apple has been happy to restrict its anti-competitive legal action mostly to Samsung - maybe this is a cunning plan to align multiple manufacturers / resellers in a concerted attack against iThings.

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

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Re: these forums seem to truncate

It's still there, it just doesn't display - triple-clicking selects the full line including the bit that's run off the edge.

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Re: already doing this many years ago

Using a liquid lens, yes, but not not as a method for casting optical resin into a solid lens.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Re: why do you identify with them

Usually because they earn a living based on people using MSFT products, or have a pile of MSFT shares.

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: it gives them time to engineer out those obvious mistakes

Unless you're holding it wrong.

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Vulture 2 rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

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Magnesium wire run behind the motor

[See subject]

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Please tell me why she is pulling the grinder toward herself

Because it's an angle grinder, not a circular saw.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: No need for a new PC, still some hand-holding for newbies required.

As someone pointed out already, ClassicMenu Indicator restores the program menu. It's trivial to add buttons to the Unity launcher anyway.

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Re: hardware requirements

I've just installed 14.04 on an old Core 2 Duo with onboard graphics, and the desktop definitely seems more responsive than 12.04. I found the Unity Dash a bit cumbersome in 12.04, but it's really snappy now.

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Re: That may be a bit of a deal-breaker for me

"Menu in window title bar" is not the default setting.

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

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Re: Someone's having a laugh with that price.

Probably looks nice but feels nasty, with a mediocre camera, burns through batteries, and not that cheap by the time you pay VAT, import duty and admin.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Re: Biometrics...

People can't just look over your shoulder to copy it, they have to exercise more ingenuity than the average criminal is capable of to exploit it. I'm surprised nobody has developed a method of scanning and 3D printing to produce fake fingers ... oh look, they did already (PDF).

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

I Still Know What You Did Last Windows 8.1 Update

Predator Versus Windows 8.1 Update

Windows 8.1 Update the Thirteenth

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: a mono speaker on the phone

Brilliant - just like the pocket transistor radio when I was a kid. :-)

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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

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Re: this could be exploited in just 4 bytes

The 4 byte example was enough to show it would work, not enough to have any chance of stealing useful data.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: this is an example of prior art

... until you add the magic phrase "on a mobile device", then it's totally different and original.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: they are after all exploiting a flaw to return 64KB of unauthorized data

There's no need to access more than a few bytes of data to check if the vulnerability is present.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: Much easier way

The problem with sticking with an actual HDD is that you lose the convenience of the VM being just a couple of files that you clone and delete as required.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: With just a handful of virii.

That's "viruses".

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

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Re: hurray for eBay

Why the thumbs down? Does someone think people should be paying for pirated software?

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Re: hurray for eBay

I hope you got a genuine COA, and not just a hooky serial number.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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Re: Optimax and Optical Express DO run websites

Of course they do, but my comment was that satisfied customers don't feel a need to launch personal crusades on the web, unlike dissatisfied customers who feel (for whatever reason) that they have been wronged.

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Re: "air on the side of caution"

err on the side of caution

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Re: I had always been tempted by laser surgery.

My friend had it about ten years ago, at Optimax Birmingham, and is still very happy with the results. She used to be very short sighted with moderate astigmatism, and doesn't need any correction now. The only problems she's had (after the initial healing period, which can be very uncomfortable) are occasional dryness, and some interference with night vision - she reckons that, compared to the hassle she had previously with glasses and contacts, it's a price well worth paying.

If your sight isn't that bad you may benefit less from the surgery, so would consider the downsides to be more significant. Obviously if the surgery screws up for whatever reason you might end up with major problems and no advantage, but there are plenty of people who are glad they had it done, they just don't run websites about it.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: One line, one pixel

I have a feeling that a particle big and fast enough to take out a few hundred pixels would probably take out the rest of the camera too. AIUI most of these things are small enough that they just shoot by, hitting nothing much.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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On the one hand there are probably plenty of people running XP who would be just as happy running Linux, but on the other there are some things that XP does that Linux still can't manage (and possibly never will). Of course the obvious solution is to just open source XP. Haha.

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Re: Zombie

A zombie process is one which has finished running but is still in the process table, while XP is an OS that hasn't finished running, yet its parent is calling it dead - that seems quite the opposite to me.

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Re: How do you install Windows 3.1 onto a PC these days?

3.1 in DOSEMU if you want, or 3.11 in Virtualbox. Simples.

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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Re: She does little else on the system

Surely she'd hardly notice if you stuck a Linux on it then?

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: If you've ever tried to connect one in dim lighting

I have spectacles and pocket flash-lights to deal with "can't see small things in the gloom". Although I also have black, grey and white USB cables on my desk, in regular, mini and micro sizes - all have white tabs, so I probably wont need my specialist tools anyway.

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Re: If we are still using it .....

All that time and we're still twisting our jack plugs trying to get a good contact ...

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: It would be nice if those live tile thingies could be placed on the desktop

"I think they should be called Wadgets or maybe Gidgets."

How about "Active Desktop"? Oh, no - that was a different nightmare.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: Marvel at the NORK technology

What sort of eejit puts fixed landing gear on a drone that presumably needs to optimise speed and range?

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: 80% were from gmail accounts

They may have looked like they were from GMail accounts, but I doubt that they actually were.

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Power requirement?

No mention of power in the specs or FAQ, except "5V". It seems to me that this board isn't really a rival to R-Pi, it's just another pico-ITX PC (and "blessed" with Intel graphics at that).

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Re: Ubuntu

I wouldn't count on it for mainstream Ubuntu. Ubuntu GNOME OTOH says they'll release a PPA for GNOME 3.12 just as soon as it's ready (they're a bit busy preparing Ubuntu 14.04 ATM).

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Stop fiddling with my interface!

The thing about Linux is that you don't need to keep whatever interface the distro uses as default. I'm used to having window buttons on the left when using Ubuntu, and on the right with other distros and Windows, just as I got used to using my thumb with some trackballs and my fingers with others - it's really not a huge effort, although it might take a few days until you do it without thinking about it. If you hate having the buttons on the left you can switch them back to the right anyway. As for the car metaphor, some have the steering wheel on the left, some on the right - the first time I used a LHD car on the RHS of the road, when I'd only ever driven RHD on the LHS, I just got in it and drove, it really didn't seem strange at all.

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Re: So is it still "search for everything"?

Install ClassicMenu Indicator to restore the old-style menus.

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Re: knobs to allow people to revert to the old way of doing things

That would be the button on the login screen, that lets you select which desktop environment you want to run.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Re: no such thing as user friendliness

You have to be kidding - to install something in any Debian based distro just fire up Synaptic, search for what you want by name or description, click "mark for installation" click "apply" and you're done (with all the dependencies handled for you, and the new software added to the main menu). Includes a centralised update tool that maintains everything in the software repository, without those resource-hogging popup-opening nags that Windows apps stick in the system tray, and without multiple reboots.

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Re: Windows is nothing like the Windows of XP

But surely what we're comparing Linux with here is Windows XP? It will run happily on XP-era machines and eliminate the security problems of running an unsupported version of Windows. Linux is not perfect, bulletproof or suitable for everyone, Windows has got more secure over the last decade, but for limited hardware Linux is an easier upgrade path from XP than a newer Windows version, and for some of the people who are still on XP it offers an altogether adequate replacement. The difficulty for Linux advocates is going to be getting the message across, to what may be a largely non-technical audience[1], before they get hacked or forced to upgrade to something they don't really want.

[1] I know some very technically competent people who are still using Windows 2000, but they already know about and use Linux too.

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Re: Saucer

An inverted saucer sounds like an aerofoil waiting for an excuse to take off.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: the "off-switch"

You could always use the "shutdown" command, maybe even stick it in a shortcut on the desktop ... oh, yeah - no desktop.

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Re: probably doesn't mean much now

From what I've heard the underlying OS seems to be everything you'd want from a Windows 7 update, it's just the user interface and some of the system management tools that MSFT really messed up.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: People have bought these tablets, they just don't know it

I have a thirty quid WinCE tablet bought several years ago that often gets used - admittedly mostly as a media player and satnav, but it does that job just fine. Some kid might listen to some music on his tablet and decide to become a musician, that's every bit as worthwhile as more academic outcomes.

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