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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Re: The Biggest Risk

Have this one for free:

Just waiting for the day we all end up half an hour late to work because the iCar or Android 'o' Wagon needed that software update!

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: My hat's off to these engineers

Same as developing for any "new and improved" API then?

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Cunning plan

Too late, they already:

1) Make some "original content"

2) Upload it by the bucket load cheaply and randomly to Youtubes ID Content system.

3) Pretend the world and it's dog have copied your content. Does not matter what the video is of, flag it.

4) Wait for the defaulting Content ID system to send all the add revenue your way.

Should anyone complain, just close the business down, rinse and repeat quicker than any letters from lawyers can get to you.

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Re: "In no way am I suggesting that INgrooves is an evil bunch of bastards"

It's not "criminal" as they skirt the law as you say, by having claim to X correctly, but falsely claiming against Y. Seems the law only prevents claiming you own Y when you don't... but allows you to claim X is Y till the cows come home.

Which basically means Youtube have now facilitated making fraud legal. :(

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

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Why?

This is the question you should always ask. Case in point as follows.

Tax discs to display a cars valid tax payment recently became unnecessary as registration is not done via paperwork and on-line so only a licence plate check is required.

So what do people do? Panic that they now have nothing to display in their tax disc holder on the front of their windscreen.

The problem never existed, there is nothing needed to display in an unneeded tax disc holder. We just remove the empty holder from the dash and have an even clearer vision of the road ahead.

Same here with the 3d "fax" machine. What problem were you trying to solve by destroying the original?

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: Supervolcano and/or bolide impact.

Biggest, though not most probable. :/

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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4. It displays in 4 dimensions. Well, I guess 3 and a half "technically" and 3 are spacial and one is along a time like dimension. ;)

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: Quite a few incorrect posts above and bad facts in article

Interesting how the throttle cannot be reduced enough. I wonder if they will ever add a different "mode" or a different set of engines for this?

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Re: vertically challenged

Turns out in tests the parachutes are about the same weight as fins and/or engines in combination. So you'd have extra weight for little to no extra control at the low descent. A chute for slowing down in the higher atmosphere can help when returning orbital craft I think (though I've got that idea from computer games so may be wrong!).

The fuel is lighter and the engines can be controlled better than a parachute. It's just getting the control there in the first place I guess. A but like a helicopter. We could land all the helis with parachutes, but by the time the technology is perfected, we can do powered landings.

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Re: boom

That kind of landing is still 100% a success in Kerbal Space Program, and you could even jump to "land on your feet" if your quick enough... ;)

PS, KSP and Twitter are awesome: https://twitter.com/kerbalspacep/status/552464681139322880

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Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

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Re: My god...

I'm tempted to downvote for reminding me of the horrid teletext games. BBC micro spoilt me I guess.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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I guess it's like MAD... no one wins?

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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Re: Excellent work

It's shown on the screen. I don't care if it's salted and hashed. It's sent to a recipient a the other end of the PC/Mobile. It boggles my mind how they decided that a phone request/fax or visit to the Bank in the past was a breach of security if they suggested giving out a pin, but are happy to on the internet?

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Re: Excellent work

I'd not trust the banks.

My latest bank offers to show me my pin. I need to enter it in the online banking first, but then it shows me this.

I'm still undecided if this is a security risk. I'll leave them if it is. Previously, the pin was not viewable by anyone, and only receivable in a tamper proof (at least gives visible results of tampering) envelope.

I'm not being obsessed or anything, it's just I'd rather not bank with a company that allows someone to request my pin if they get hold of my card and just enter the details online for a "reminder". Or a bank that does not see the uselessness of a pin reminder that first requires me to enter my... PIN!

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Re: TL:DR....

Are we going to get a stereo effect in these form factors?

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Purple glistening plasma, you say? Orion plummets back to Earth

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Re: I'm curious

Rendezvous, while trivial (in the grand scheme of things) for probes, becomes life and death and time limited for Astronauts. So taking it all with you, has advantages. Proves/automated craft can "wait a day or two" if they miss something or should a part perform under spec.

(I assume, IANAA but do play KSP ;) )

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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Re: 8 Parachutes?

Ah, makes more sense when it's the setup and deployment of the chutes. Not that many at the same time. :P

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8 Parachutes?

I thought I was cheating in KSP using 4 and not doing a proper powered/assisted landing. :P

(Both tools for their uses, both this and SpaceX have me on the edge of my seat)

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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Re: Life's no fun...

(sees reg title of article)

It's a hackers ploy to get funny headlines on the Reg!

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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Adam Sandler is the real life "The Producers" example. Really, look up his tax forms. ;)

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: Daft design

Still not helpful (downvote all you like), I never said they popped up every use.

They could be permanent and open doors. They could be chair height and used as seating in the day (still does not solve the problem, but a little safer).

If space is that tight that there is no where to put a private urinal, there are other problems. A shotgun solution is not better just because it has some results.

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Re: Daft design

One of the most stupid ideas ever. If you MUST have an automated door on the thing, put an automated door on it, don't make it "pop up" dangerously from the ground (or back into at the end).

I see no reason it must do this. There are so many better and cheaper and easier, not to mention safer solutions.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: This is what is being taught

Yes, quite often it's simple natural effects that we accidentally remove or side step with a manufacturing process.

For example, try eating a bag of sugar. That's hard to do the bodies natural systems tell you "don't do it". Try eating a bowl of fat... same thing.

Now try eating a tray of cheese cake (I know I could! :O ) or a lot of chocolate (milk fat and sugar... oh they may remember to add cocoa ;) ). Our body now has trouble stopping the hunger response.

This kind of effect happens less with home cooking as we tend to use sensible ingredients. In a factory/business they just maximise profit and maximise "desire" (taste or sugar/fat content).

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Re: Monetization!

With mere silver and gold a man will not be satisfied?

I guess Randall is satisfied.

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Coffee/keyboard

Tips hat.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Well, it's rather simple. We first build a space elevator to lift our space elevator up to position...

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: mousepads...

The main reason for me not to use ZFS is that it is perfect until something goes wrong. The complexity seems above my understanding.

NTFS (and others) are less complex, and more prone to problems. But I can recover from most of them trivially. For example, when I "quick formatted" the wrong drive, the next day I had it all recovered (backup MFT and/or file recovery software). A similar operation in ZFS could leave me with no possible way of recovery, as pressing the "wrong button" is irrecoverable unless I know exactly how/when/where to set and move everything. :/

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: The Chinese will love this build

Possibly a spoof picture then...

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Re: If you want major security improvements, you want incompatibility

Problem is, for 90% of those customers they also want "free sky" or "that pirated Windows game" or worse "open that proprietary Excel document", and those only work on MS software.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Ok

I'll go without. I paid for and hosted my own content before "free online storage [costs covered by adverts" was around.

I used "pay in/get out" websites, even though all I could "pay in" was time and effort to help the forums/news/updates coming.

I buy my shopping, and don't steal it. I'll buy my media, but I have a limited budget, and the supply is already beyond the demand...

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: No problem

Even without clicking, I think I know that link off by heart now...

The phone number less so!

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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The gripping solution is mainly done by a simple angle of pressure applied to the palm/toe AFAIK in Geckos.

However a muscle type "expanding/contracting" application could work. Using air pressure or just moving parts (as some have done in the past).

It may be that the idea does not scale. There are no elephants hiding in the eves of houses see...

... though there were elephant sized Sloths, they used claws not sticking palms.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: They aren't a problem; they're a solution!

One word "tree" (or "vegetation" take your pick).

Carbon capture is already there, and nature does it all so much better than we do.

Icon, as it's all about turning hydrocarbons to their elements and back again.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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@Jagged

All of them... ;)

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Jumpgate

Good luck when the SP is still ruined by people gaming the economy. You won't be able to buy stuff or sell it. Oh wait, they'll just balance that out manually. Which removes the entire reason to have a dynamic player driven economy.

Don't worry, as long as players are involved they will effect the economy. Valve tried this ages ago and found people just crashed the market at a whim for fun. It's a game and not real life so the risk involved in gaming the market are minimal and make it much easier to get people on the bandwagon.

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Re: Seriously? Again? The Internet has Ruined... everything

If it is any help... some of the problems were with Windows failing to report the internet connection correctly. So Steam thought you were connected, but it got a "no response".

However, that is still broken "by design", and while not "on purpose" there was little reason to fix it, as the "error" worked to their advantage. :/

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Re: I'll wait

They released the original for free recently. I'll wait for this one. With current requirements in coding/porting/hardware and IP copyright we are looking at 50 years time for Elite Dangerous to be "free"?

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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"This is the first time this has happened".

Obligatory link: http://youtu.be/ZKpFFD7aX3c

I doubt the probe had such a meeting on contact though!

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Possibly IT will eventually all be outsourced. I don't see many "typesetters" left in employment. Jobs change, supply and demand changes. Sometimes an area reaches post scarcity.

No reason or right to steal (copy/take/distribute without permission) though. But it may mean that users/customers/others remove the need for our services, as artists or workers in specific jobs/hobbies.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Meh

They seem good, but have 2 flaws that prevent me from a purchase.

1) Too small text/fonts. Can't read a thing on them, the GUI is wonderful, but text on them is so small, I wonder if it was made for ANTS.

2) No direct access to memory/SD cards. I've started to give up on SD card slots on some devices, but I'd still like some real "HDD" and file structure emulation. This will become less so with cloud backup, but nothing beats having a memory card in my pocket for quick and reliable data/transfers.

Oh, and it's Microsoft... but I've got no real hate for their hardware/software combos. :P

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

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Re: Short termism?

They say products have built in "obsolescence" and some wonder if there is a chip in the cable that counts down the time to "self destruct".

I don't believe it to be so, it's more a need of "minimising costs" and "not caring about reliability" in most instances.

Though, we did have 5 people come in at the same time to buy iPhone lightning cables... makes you wonder.

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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

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Re: It's always been quantum

That's an interesting point...

I'm not one to say the brain is a specific way (quantum or classical, logical or random, knowable or unknowable) but I'm not keep to rule out any system as being "classical only" until fully known.

We don't know everything about the brain and it's functions. One thing is for certain, cellular activity is on the atomic scale. Is it on the quantum scale within a cell? As my thoughts are effected by my physical makeup, my cells and their reaction, could it be effected on the quantum level?

Even without, it's hard to copy/read/grab a moving target, and the brain is very much a plastic thing.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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The moon seems a good candidate. Close, easy to get to, lots of rock/silicon and oh, lots of light?

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Re: Isn't this the premise of..

We've got a ton... no, a metric ton... nope, a planetary lot of stuff here on earth. How long would it take to use it all "up"?

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'I get it if you don't make money for 2 or 3 years, but Amazon's 21'

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Re: The Real Problem

I hope you do really really well for seeing the technical, mathmatical and real problems and goals that are involved, and manage to surpass them. Too many are pushing "snake oil" (had a reply from a company when looking to buy one of their "AI toys" with "why would you want it to do that?" instead of actual acceptance of it's limits).

Until we see where the goal line is, we can never reach it. :)

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Re: AI, redefining

Hey, I said that as a reply to the article! That's my line! ;)

But true none the less.

I never thought of the "flying car" example, I'll try to give you all credit for that one.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: Is it really worth it IN THIS CASE, though?

Space flight is an amazing thing.

It is in no way related to any ground based transport. It's rather far from most "flight" mechanics. It is more like being at the bottom of the sea.

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

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Re: Hmm, tough choice.

Not Ebola. Just listening to the description of how that disease works on the body is horrid.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Re: I'm not worried

The human brain is very much a physical thing in a very complex system. Thus it needs simulating in that complex system, not in the theoretical "braincell only" simplistic model. At least it seems more realistic to consider the problem being hard. It's always been "just 5 years away", yet we have never yet reached such computing or software level.

The reason it becomes a hard problem, is possibly the same reason it becomes hard to simulate many physical objects and processes in serial. So, for example the human brain has 100 billion brain cells, with even more synapses and connections (with timing and other data being vital to the working process). I'm not able to find out more info, but it seems calculating billions or particles in realtime, only tracking small connected events (collisions etc) is a problem even now.

As an example of something that gets exponentially more complicated, even though it's "simple" and "quick" for nature and physics to do is the n-body system. The more objects we try to calculate the orbits to, the greater the computational power required. So nature and real physics can shortcut some things brute force computation cannot (the age old np problem?).

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Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

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Re: bet this is giving TV Licencing a good idea

What is the definition of "internet"?

TV licensing covers broadcast.

I don't see a specific tax on deliveries and/or telephone communications (other than normal sales tax/vat).

So, whatever hardware/software they tax, I could see someone making a competing "sneaker net" or wifi mesh network.

While it's hard to buy your own broadcast equipment for TV, how easy is it to hook up a rasp' pi or Ardino to an aerial of some sort?

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