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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Ledswinger

My apologies, it's getting one or two features that were somewhat desperately needed... but I agree it's mainly what MS want. :)

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Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

This. I'll not even post Anon. I'll put my name to it. There was one "clear and concise mission" for Windows 8. As a consumer, it missed my needs, but only the accountants/sales people will know if it was successful on their account.

As Windows 8.1.1(or whatever) is getting long awaited features that consumers were asking for, I'd assume that 30% cut was not enough with low uptake in either apps made, sold or user adoption.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Re: hmmm.

Seems the article went one, two, three, four, click "gone"? :D

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Re: Coin clippers

I think Mr Anon there knows some writing on the wall with the risk of destabilisation...

Well, until it picks up after the next crash.

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Re: @ Vladimir Plouzhnikov

"So you would if you add HFT to, say, an exchange system crash or a a major bankruptcy or nuclear war. That in itself does not make HFT any worse or more dangerous than any other routinely used systems"

Yes, yes it does. You do not want lightning speed reaction during a crisis. You do want lightning speed decision making. But knowing how to manage when to act is the key. Act first think later can be a problem. Any algorithm is designed first, implemented after.

Put it simply, if your computer is going wrong, probably not best to type out "format c:" too quickly, as the PC will action it at "high-speed", before you realise you want to turn it off. It appears HFT is a similar problem (but I'm no expert or judge on the matter :P ).

(PS, mine is the one with the file recovery USB for quick formatted disks... pray you did not full format it)

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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Future?

I've seen it done on buildings already, has been for quite a few years.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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Re: Oh come on.

Others have sues Apple. But was that for infringing negligible and frivolous patents?

PS, honest question, not a sarcastic one. It's never nice for a new entrant into a big shark infested business. Though I'd still not defend someone turning into a shark. I'd just call them all by their clothing.

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US Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in game-changing software IP case

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Re: Steve

It's maths. If it's beyond that or in addition to it, then you've added something of value that may be protected/protectable.

If not, do we really need to wall off certain access to mathematical equations?

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: What I really do not get...

The secret to big business and fraudulent business (are they different? Oh well, this is not a dig at them, but an observation) is to never make a legal claim unless you can legally back it.

Thus medicine works, because it makes legal claims that actually do happen.

Some alternatives never make a claim, so you can never make a legal challenge.

Some big companies have T&C to defend themselves.

So it's finding those who neither pretend to have a product, or pretend to be above the law.

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Re: Aqua Marina

The best treatment comes with kind treatment. No one has said that doctors can do no wrong. It's about finding out what causes what and what effects what. :)

Think about your examples. Is it a fair comparison for all of medicine with all of homoeopathy? What about specific examples, what areas compare?

I say "doctors sometimes get things wrong", and "sometimes we get better, for a reason we do not yet know" (but hope to find out soon).

Both of those things are not common, they only happen on few occasions. That is, everyone makes more right decisions than wrong ones (hopefully).

So if we apply that to homoeopathy or medicine, we get one side or the other being wrong. The only way to find out is to keep to pure facts. The facts will speak for only one side of the argument, which one do you see being supported?

Beyond that it is opinion, and that is fine but we must realise it is only that and nothing more. :)

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Re: bad science....

Hopefully it's a mistake, not in understanding of the student, but in language "a skill not just science"? A "practical learned response, not head knowledge"?

As "art not science" leads to no benefit over the emotional one... which is massage, no?

But then again, I always hope for the better in people...

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Re: Danger! Do not stop taking your homeopathic remedy!

Best solution is to ask a homephath what happens if you drink tap water, Evian or sea water.

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Re: Homeopathy works ...

That and reducing stress seems to have real effects in allowing your body to react correctly. Increased stress shuts things down we might need (but does it's job in emergencies, such as getting adrenaline, being sick, but surviving a stressful situation).

The placebo effect in effect. Also, note epigenetics : http://youtu.be/kp1bZEUgqVI

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Re: Aqua Marina

Glad to hear you and your mother are doing well. But don't mistake mistaken diagnoses as successful treatment. Some diagnoses such as "it will never get better" are wrong, and people pull through with their own strength and hard work (though medicine is also important when prescribed/required).

However, a single instance, is difficult to know the cause. Was it you or your mothers diet? Was the doctor just simply wrong? Was it the new treatment? Is it just drinking more water? It is important to not get these things mixed up, else we suffer harm.

PS, interestingly, things such as stress can have real physical results to our health and immune systems response. We cannot make things better than our body can deliver through less stress, but we can stop it failing completely like when it has a lot of stress. Sometimes the way we are cared for and the way we react to that care can help or hinder us.

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Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

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Re: Time gentlemen, please.

Time is important, but no more so than in current computing. In that, packets, OS, calculations, all have "calls" and "requests" and have time limits (latency) for returns to work well.

The brain probably does go a step further, with using other temporal methods to work things out, but current software does already do this.

It's an additional variable on a system that uses many variables.

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Re: Let a thousand flowers bloom

Funny thing anyone thought a neuron was a single bit in any form of computation. I don't often see singe bit operators with that many inputs and outputs (and changes to response if we are going to argue the point further ;) ).

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Re: model a neurone in one supercomputer

Tradeoffs.

I want something fast, cheap and quality. But you can't have all 3. So if you want a human brain, you have one, in humans.

If you want a machine, emulating a human brain, you need to drop one of those 3 options. We can't "have it all". Sometimes it's the flexibility (my calculator can be quicker, but cannot do everything) or efficiency (what wattage and amps does a supercluster draw?).

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: The consumption myth

You joke, you joke: http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/read/apple-patents-surface-style-tablet-and-keyboard-cover/033652

Or: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/05/rim-applies-for-patent-on-tablet-with-concealable-keyboard/

Or: http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/07/google-patents-hinged-folding-sliding-flipping-tablet-concept-with-a-software-keyboard/

I think I've seen every one of those mechanisms on old game and watch toys from the 80s or earlier.

Real life, stranger than fiction, still proving true.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Is that not assuming thought processes are genetic? Last time I checked, they are down to personal actions. Evolution don't select for that, less your thinking of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_So_Stories

Though if no one left wishes to use phones, it leaves no one left using phones. That is not passed down genetically though, more social and economic reasons.

/pedantic.

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Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

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Re: An odd case to bring against Facebook

While true, this is not the case for say "top secret documents" they may acquire. The government would not allow them. Or in this case "data from minors" one would presume. They can say "we will do anything we wish", but in actuality, they have to follow law like everyone else. Well, so we thought.

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Re: Didn't LinkedIn get in similar trouble ?

I guess Linkedln cannot wave a multi billion dollar incentive?

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Re: Public Ownership

No no no no. You have it all wrong. They own everything you do, but you never ever own anything they do. Upload that photo? They can sell it a million times. Download their song, well if you share it once it's off to prison with a million dollar fine.

Talk about one sided. But then again, it's all in the contracts... :(

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Next up.....

While true. It would be great if it worked like that. Why not stop all those scam numbers on the phone?

Scam emails get clamped down on quite a bit. Perhaps a similar model for problematic data/traffic?

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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What's your take on "buy now pay later no fee (possibly hidden)"? Did that with the money in savings to pay of as soon as 8 months was up for no additional fees. :P

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You get an upvote, though I disagree. I got a laptop from PC world because I knew exactly what I wanted, and they were the only ones with it in stock at a reasonable price (not cheapest, but all in all after a few "free" extras, worked out about an average price).

Difference was, I would not budge an inch on anything, and knew the exact spec of the model, model number and specific parts it had weeks before I got it. :P

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Re: Sold their souls?

You'd been had. It would all be in "shares" that pay out on 20 years time, after the company does a Titanic. Always read the small print on the soul sale documentation...

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AMD teases workstation pros with 16GB FirePro W9100 graphics card

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Re: Follow the money

Build it and they will come. Many many software or "toys" (games) will use as close to 100% of that CPU or GPU if they can.

You can never satisfy the desire for "more". :P

Think of an interactive video/game with more physics, more fidelity etc etc. While we do level off at "good enough", as we have with sound cards/software and HD resolutions, there is a little bit more to go in the CPU and GPU number crunching before we hit the limit of what we could ever expect or need.

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

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Re: Which BT?

I would not be so sure about that... It seems some problems never seem to effect BT, even if it is on the Openreach backbone. :/

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Re: FAIL

Unplug everything from the walls, plug in a test phone to the "test" socket. Call them (on second line), say you have a voice fault. They will test. If the phone does not call, is still silent etc, tell them under no uncertain terms that "nothing happens/it is silent" and "I have nothing connected but a working test phone in the test socket."

Then it leaves it down to them with their engineers. Had 2 friends have similar happen to you, and it was faulty wires on the posts/cabinets.

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Re: Not allowed to complain

This. Check ThinkBroardband blogs on occasion. There is a little spat going on between the ISPs and Openreach/BT right not as there are problems but no one is picking up the responsibility (seems to be on the Openreach backhaul).

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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Re: This issue occurs because ..(Windows 8.x sucks)

Hmmmm. I thought it was just me being paranoid when I saw the new "make a new install disk" only supports external usb memory cards (or HDDS), oh, and deletes everything and reformats the entire drive even if you partition it to help (thankfully I saw that coming, but still annoying I have to re-partition the drive after to get some of that 300GB back for other backups, like where would I have a 30gb HDD lying around JUST for windows 8 recovery disks to install to?)

Sounds like recovery is even worse. I don't think I've seen anything good from Windows 8 so far, let alone 8.1.

To add insult to injury, I've got a 8.1 laptop waiting to be used. I'm having too much constructive use out of 7 and an old PC to even consider booting it up.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: @ RISC OS

One of these things helps people, one does not:

1) Giving them millions of dollars/pounds as the lottery does. Because no one ever squandered it, right?

2) Giving people the opportunity for education and learning, work and community with the millions of dollars/pounds you have.

Which one?

Splashing cash out randomly does not solve many problems. So your suggesting instead of thinking first, Notch should give it out randomly? If you have a different point to make, I'm all ears though. :)

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"There is something about this that is raising the hair on the back of my neck..."

That will be the compulsory frisking going on as you use the device and it takes all your personal data on account of Facebooks need to prop up it's share prices.

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"Mark Zuckerberg's acquisition of Oculus VR"

There goes the neighbourhood. :(

There was a LOT of potential for that tech. Now, how likely is it a FB account is required, and oh, are those 3d adds pasted all over your uploaded content that automatically "selfies" you... Gah.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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I have free copies of XP...

... That is, the characters "X" and "P" I can email to anyone.

Deceiving headline is deceiving.

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Re: FFS!

They have been around for years. A text file with something about typing the "Format" of the "C:" drive to speed up your computer.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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Re: In a nutshell

Wow, Kudos to Matt then, as it would have been totally hilarious to see some canned, but possibly forgotten, answers from him. Seeing Actors/Actresses give pretend replies about films they regretted acting in is like watching a car crash. The same would have happened here had he not been honest.

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Re: It's good to be rich

There are one or two stories (movies) around of people pretending to be rich, and getting stuff for free just off the back of that. Free samples in anticipation of future purchases. Of cause, the character never needed to buy anything, and lived off the free samples.

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

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Re: All the world's knowledge

It does not replace "teachers", it replaces "books". Or that is, it moves from memory, what we put on tablet, that which we inscribed on paper back onto a tablet (silicone this time). Also, if done right, putting what we previously had to remember onto paper, increases what we can refer to, instead of removing our abilities.

If we use it poorly, we looks both our ability to think and remember, if we use it well, we improve both.

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Feds land first convictions over pirated mobile apps

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Re: Which were they?

Can you pirate goods you already own?

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

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Re: Virgin

No change then? Most the ancient toilets around some train stations face into a cold wind and sunshine.

Though ours do have an open fire and a sun roof.

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

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Re: A transparent camera?

Could be a single micro second of a change to take the picture though. Like an LCD or some other mechanism.

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Re: Transparent display?

I've no expertise in the field, but I had to explain to a neighbour that there really expensive (nice though) SLR Digital camera could not use the screen as a viewfinder. It uses the eye viewing windows only, and the screen for confirming the shot afterwards.

So it's both quite a nice camera, but also not the one they necessarily wanted to use. :/

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Intel reinvents the PC as giant 'Black Brook' fondleslab

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Re: HP already have all-in-one

There is a small USB Wacom screen you can get. It's not cheep though, it use to start at £800. The pro screens are about 2k last time I checked.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Turn it all off if you wish. It might though still cause fires for all those lines trailing outside your house. Telephone, electric etc. Did you read about the previous event? Those were not "electrified" or "powered" telegraph systems, some had been disconnected and still caused fires.

Going Fibre to the house is the only protection. ;)

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Downvote me all you wish. But it's things like this that make me realize I is crazy to consider it "safer" to have people living on Mars instead of staying on Earth. At least on Earth we get the magnetic field to protect us. I wonder what a survival colony would do had that thing hit them. :/

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Re: Now THAT is what you call

"At night", just means the other half of the planet. Pick your side as they say. :/

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Re: Analogue Nuclear?

That's why having a fail safe for that too is best. No idea how many utilise this though.

I've seen designs that allow the core to melt into a pit underground that is angled/shaped to spread the material over a larger area (still contained), so it becomes non-critical.

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Re: could be worse

No one would shoot you for the 2CV... not one would want it.

(I have nothing against them, just could not resist the joke!)

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Re: Interesting Science Fiction Take on this

Hopefully the books are better than what Hollywood releases then, as the only thing they tell us about human relationships is to avoid them.

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