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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

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At a guess... would "to be destroyed" worlds be the best ones to pick up bargains? "50% off Everything must go"?

But also, if (in this entirely theoretical situation) you could travel to a parallel universe, taking things from one about to be destroyed, is less morally troublesome than taking from others. So if you want a "free" iWatch, just borrow it from the universe about to be squashed by a big supernova. They won't miss it anyhow.

But if that is what the "Authority" is doing, it's rather greedy, considering they could instead transport people out of those worlds...

PS, mine is the one with the map for survival in the pocket.

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

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20 mice. TWENTY? What ever do you need that many mice for?

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Upvote for mentioning the wibbly-wobbly rotatable desktop cubes as fun but not very useful (I fail to remember if I got Lunix up and running, or if I just watched the videos on it).

Downvote for suggesting MS should ditch the start bar, for any reasons!

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: Makes sense

They don't monetise the game or platform. You monetise the users (either directly selling their data, or indirectly selling advertising/causing vendor lock in/educating them to like your products).

You don't pay 100 billion because Facebook might make money one day. You pay 100 billion, as that's a lot of power and control the website has with peoples lives. Similar for the platform and community that is "Minecraft".

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Re: It's excellent

But can you mouseover on the tree version?

(PS, there must be an app for captions when holding the phone over the images... there must be?)

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Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names

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Re: Odd

4 or 5? Does that mean FB should have sold for a quarter or less of its stock value? ;)

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Re: Enforcement

Money and cross site data collection/whatever they do now.

So much easier to connect with Skype or loads of other services (Adds) and targeted adds when you know which bit of data from site A to link to site B even though the user has not specifically told you they use both sites.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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Hmm, I guess it's more complicated than that. When you get down to that size, even making something simple as a spring holds leaps and bounds worth of discovery.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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Why was it not Android in the first place? Any takers?

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: Rampant Imaginings

Oh, we can totally do that for you, we can do ANYTHING!

(Great Sketch in the following video!)

http://youtu.be/BKorP55Aqvg

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Re: List maker

No need. If it's a phone it will already be tracking your location. Within reasonable accuracy, using the right data collection, they could just build a list of what you purchased by where you walk in the supermarket.

The one with the Android in the pocket that found out he was at the car garage so pushed tire adds the moment the browser opened up. Yes, it was a strange feeling of abuse!

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Re: Is the default for apps to want everything?

Yes, a messaging app asks for contacts. :P

However the problem is what other stuff they do with it after this, and also why it cannot be sandboxed/spoon fed this data... though I assume that's because they could not use it for advertising if they did that.

(All my old "dumb" phones asked for data/contact/read/write permission on a per use bases or I could grant open access... strange the more advanced the OS the less restrictions applied to the apps.)

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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"The mobile operator then hopes to make back that subsidy over the life of the contract."

Not in the UK anymore AFAIK. They now charge for the phone on a separate finance package (either interest free or with interest, but still assumed they get a discount so make money off it somehow).

This is for a couple of reasons I guess. We buy, rent or finance. Everything else gets messy, or is less than honest on the details. The old way is also unsustainable as customers get wise, buy your phone for £50 on contract, then don't use it, or use another company (sim car or VOIP etc) to avoid the companies charges and it never makes it's money back.

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Re: OK so

I've also heard that in astronomy, differences in measurements can be one or two orders of magnitude out.

I'd guess it's because things like the min/max and average vary so greatly, referring to one instead of the other can cause confusion (such as the thickness of the Galaxy vs it's length).

That and at extreme distances, it's much harder to tell. Though in this instance the Sun is much closer for us to make accurate measurements. So, as mentioned above, it's down to the difference in the edge, middle (peak?) and end of the flare. :P

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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No. Nothing like a Samsung. Exactly like a LG or even cheaper handset though!

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Re: Helium 6

Not only that. Keeping Helium in place is difficult. It could escape and all go wrong!

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: its not what you say

That particular market is best served with just more of the same, no? Price up the new stuff instead, and offer the existing for the same price (which works out as price hikes in both directions, but subtly hidden).

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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Perhaps we need a new headline?

"Shock Horror, Hawkins Hawken up the Wrong Tree with His New Theory!"

Or he is just trying to grab some space on some headlines with some tongue in cheek comments. It's if he believes them that it's a problem...

It's like worrying about time travel because all we need is more energy than is in the universe to make it possible. ;)

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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Re: equips tinfoil hat

MSE does not generally search for Rootkits AFAIK. That's usually down to other types of search and software.

Malrewarebytes on the usb in the pocket...

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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The 360 Eye seems to be...

Pinging high on my "Google key search words" trigger. The methodology and repetition of the phrase in this article looks like search engine bait and advertising lingo to me. Sad, as it's quite an interesting little gadget and appliance under it all.

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: bread and circuses?

No, I think it's just planning for the robotic overlords. See icon!

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: Troy

In matter of fact, both the walls and the doors are secure. Look, we even managed to bring in this nice big statue of a horse while completely unhindered by our enemies...

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Re: "Security questions" aren't for security, they're to reduce support costs

If they know your password they are doing "security" wrong. :)

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: I would take the really old one by choice.

Beat us to the post. Totally agree.

The "instant search" is kind of handy, but too cumbersome for my liking for it to be on 24/7.

Add to that the... well, adds. I left Yahoo for Google when the adds and spam/scams plagued Yahoo searches, and Google gave real data with adds as part of the website/service. Now I get the adds as the results of searches. Try searching anything technical about a machine/appliance and you get 10 pages of sales on shops/Amazon and nothing about real manuals/service or even a wikipedia (gasp) entry.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Re: Lack of ambition...

Nice... so first it's stealing, then it's smashing it up.

Does no one want to just tilt Spirit a bit closer to the sun, so the duo can roll out together?

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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Re: Is it just me…

If I loose my debit card out of my wallet, I've not lost 20 bucks. ;)

But all in all, it's tools for the job. Each has different uses, each has benefits and drawbacks.

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Re: "US Secret Service had been in touch after initial waffle"

It's the US secret service. If you have to ask what flavour, your obviously not in the "know".

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"US Secret Service had been in touch after initial waffle"

Can't expect them starting the day without some grub first...

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

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Re: Prizes From Heaven!

Not really a fail. People can already try to steal off couriers. Around here many leave their van/cart at the top of the road while they deliver a few along the street.

Is it worth it for a £15-£25 phone cable or USB thumb drive... or a can of dog food?

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Re: Sorry...

Also, from the video it looks like a polystyrene type construction. Very light, and rather bouncy should it make an emergency/forced landing.

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Google Copying Amazon?

But using a VTOL aircraft and not a quad copter... interesting! :D

(Icon for what happens when it goes wrong with your order of plutonium...)

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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"Naming – to clearly and accurately reflect the functionality of the app."

Hopefully that means:

Microzoft Solitair Official

Microsoft Explorer 12 0fficial

Mcrosoft Control Pane1

and all those other dodgy apps are removed. Only, what, 24 months late?

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Chipzilla gives birth to a TINY comms chip

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Re: Did the CIA pay for this?

No need to pay for it. When you have your own systems, the only requirement is to encourage consumers to "adopt" their own.

Likewise, Google does not need to ask where we are going or what we like to get us adverts. It just had to encourage us to use it's search engine, now it knows what we are like and what adds to focus at us.

No need to push and agenda, if someone else, like the market, will do it for you. :P

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Re: "arguing that Wikipedia’s continuing publication harms his livelihood."

Well, I'd still expect the courts to go in favour of the photographer. No complaints there. It's just if an educational resource (no matter how we may rate it's value) should need to ask for permission or pay to use it in this case.

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"arguing that Wikipedia’s continuing publication harms his livelihood."

Copyright is protected by law. This is indisputable. Wikipeda broke that law, for a fact.

The loss of livelihood resulting from Wikipedia's actions though, I'd not challenge that as "factual".

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Interesting times

Why 2 dimensions? Why not 1, or 3 or 5 or...

There is no problem postulating the universe is made up of n dimensions or any number other than the normal 3 (or should that be 3 spatial + one time like?).

Proving it one way or the other is the problem. :P

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Big and not clever.

That's ok. I found out that in Windows 8.1 this had all been improved. Not only does Word automatically capitalise your writing for you, Windows also automatically turns off half way through your work to "update"...

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Re: @ Fred Flintstone

An honest question. Do you ever think styling can be included at times, though through verse and other means? This has some effect, does it not?

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Re: Personally ...

Wait, how do I undo my upvote? I thought you said "I use Emacs"...

... Oh, they are the same. :)

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Re: If Samsung can do it then surely Apple can...

I'll wait for the model with the autowinding...

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Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC

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Re: Genuine question (and maybe that's not the point of the article).

Nothing wrong with pushing Tbits if you pay for Tbits. It's if Netflix or their customers are charged more because it's Netflix Tbits instead of Google Play Tbits or Apple iTunes Tbits.

Neutrality means even playing field, as supposed to anticompetitive pricing. Like "oh, your email is from John, so I'm charging double because I like Fred and he pays me back handers when I sell servers..."

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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Strange how just after you get off the phone to BT you get a call from "BT engineer we need you card info for your account" three minuets later. I can only imagine someone passing paper notes around like at a school, only with slightly more fibs going on.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

But is it cheaper to clean/protect the solar cell?

If it's easy to block a solar cell, it's relatively easy to stop a battery too, though you need to be more inventive with the latter. :P

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

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Re: Oursourcing...

So, your supplier does not deliver a product, how do you solve that problem for your customer? Any takers?

But I agree we should get help from the store (seller) when the supplier provides a faulty product.

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ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water

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+ Space elivator...

Who needs a space elevator when you generate [anti] gravitational waves to levitate! :D

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No, not a sound generator if you want any fish/sea life to stay alive. I'd hate to know the size and DB required for sound that loud to move "waves". :O

Moving blocks/buoys though have a much more easily survivable waveform.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Water vapour from the atmosphere could do this. The Vacuum chamber is suppose to "cook off" such vapour, but by the sounds of it, they forgot to turn it on! :P

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Re: Jargon

Actually it's very spot on with the scientific observations and calculations. The problem is though, if this is possible, as soon as someone theorised the quantum "foam" they would have tested for these kind of effects... no?

The first thing to do would have been "can we use the quantum foam like a sea and sail through it/drain it/use it as a resource". However, I never see anyone, not even Stephen Hawkins, suggesting that one.

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Re: Sorry, too busy to check the details of the test right now but...

Yes, but can you produce trust from a closed system of Crookes Radiometers?

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Re: I4ecks

Quick duck, I see downvotes coming as you dared to question science, scientists and NASA with some additional observations to support their findings.

Notice no where did we say they are wrong, but that science needs to be done before it can be said to be "right".

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