* Posts by Fink-Nottle

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: It was only a law because it rhymes with Moore....

Moore's Maxim, then?

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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The word decimate is fertile ground for grammar nazis; not only is it a contronym (a word with two opposite meanings), but it's English origin is the Medieval Latin word decimatus, which means ‘to tithe’, rather than a Roman military punishment.

Although, I must admit that when applied to Microsoft I much prefer the connotation of people being put to the sword.

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

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Re: Cry Me a River

Try not to think so much

How it won't be so very long from now that they laugh at us for selling

A bunch of 15 year olds made from dinosaur bones singing "oh yeah"

Again and again, Right up to the end

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

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@1980s_coder

> Upvotes and downvotes apply to the whole comment, whereas by replying you can quote a certain part that you agree or disagree with.

> Posting a comment with the pint icon and an 'I agree' or 'plus one', implies that you agree more strongly with something than a mere up or down vote suggests.

> etc. etc.

I'm obviously missing the subtleties of upvoting etiquette ... what does posting two replies to a single comment mean?

In your first post you agree with the OP's first paragraph and, somewhat predictably, in your second post you agree with his second paragraph.

Does this mean the pint glass is half full in one post or more than a pint's worth in the other? Seems to me thy cup runneth over ...

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> Have an upvote, I quite agree!

Have an upvote yourself! I enjoy comments with no useful content other than stating you agree with the OP and have upvoted their comment.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: Genuine question...

> Why buy trees in the US when the products will be made and packaged in China?

This minimises breakages during the manufacturing process because, as you know, erm ... the fruit never falls far from the tree.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Caffeine

> I really hope their piss filtering system takes out caffeine.

Caffeine is a fairly large molecule so it should be filtered quite effectively. However, worries about trace caffeine in the drinking water pale into insignificance when you realise that the urine from 'laboratory rodents' on the ISS is recycled too.

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Hungry Apple fanbois can now buy a lunch date with Tim Cook

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Re: Will Tim be hosting...

I believe they have selected a lucky wage-slave to attend the function - accompanied by fava beans and a nice chianti.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Computer, ENHANCE!

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: Assembly, now that was Punk

If BASIC was punk, then Borland was Stiff records.

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Re: This is exactly the problem

> Have you ever really listened to In Our Time on a science-related topic?

I agree. When it comes to the sciences, Melvyn Bragg is out of his depth. The academics are often constrained by having to explain relatively simple stuff to Bragg, who has a hard time accepting unfamiliar or counterintuitive concepts.

(As an antidote to Bragg's obtuseness, you can't beat the BBC's Elastic Planet series.)

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Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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> Erm... perchlorate reductase

Yup, that's what you need for oxygen farms on Mars.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Re: Isn't there a Chinese proverb

Man with one clock, who said he was thinking of getting another clock, will soon be called "Two Clocks" by some people.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Re: karma

1/. Then you should be old enough to exercise some judgement and self-control when posting on a family friendly website. Particularly if you want others to treat you seriously.

2/. The 'serious' point you made was that you are running software under 10.9 which doesn't yet support 10.10?

Serious point? Really? What does your 'serious' point have to do have do with the 10.10.3 release?

The 10.9 to 10.10 upgrade happened nearly a year ago. The hardware requirements for OS X Yosemite were the same as those for OS X Mavericks, thus if your Mac can run 10.9 it will run 10.10. If your third party software was incompatible with 10.10 you have had a WHOLE YEAR to either contact the developer or find an alternative software package. Instead you chose to whinge about Apple.

Idiot.

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Re: karma

> I what messed up universe do you live in where you think someone actually deserves a security exploit?

In the same universe where potty-mouthed teenagers can throw a temper tantrum when their third party software is incompatible with the latest iteration of their OS.

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karma

With language like that, I can't think of a more deserving recipient of a security exploit ...

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Soil and sand harden as SPEEDING MISSILES and METEORS SLAM into GROUND – boffins

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Ultimate in Shed One-Upmanship

> hypersonic jobbie, own shed.

"My shed? Oh, it's ex-NASA."

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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> undoubtedly influenced some of the biggest stars and directors of recent times

One of odd bits of trivia that stuck in my brain ... Walt Disney started off in showbiz as a Chaplin impersonator.

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Foreign firms must obey EU laws no matter where they're based, says EU. Hear that, Google?

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Re: Tit for Tat, EU. We can do that too!

> Says the person posting on the internet.

Says the person using the Latin alphabet to write in English.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Headmaster

Strictly speaking they'd be areologists.

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Re: you forgot to mention...

> That you have to design and build the CPU (and the rest of the device as well)

Out of the malicious software frying pan, into the malicious patent troll fire ...

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: HiFi vs Premium

> do you see what you did there?

who did what where? By definition, a sensible forum.

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HiFi vs Premium

Tidal is offering two subscription levels, HiFi (lossless FLAC) and Premium (AAC 320). This seems disingenuous as according to sensible HiFi forums there is no audible difference between these two formats - or, if there are differences, they are rare and extremely difficult to pick up.

If there is a noticeable difference in sound quality it seems likely that this is due to the quality of the streaming service rather than the encoding. I love the smell of snake oil in the morning ...

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

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Thing is, an electronic handbrake enables hill-start tech; which could stop the old lady in front rolling back into your car. As an Audi driver you obviously don't need electronic aids, but think how much safer it'd be if all other idiots on the road had them.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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> How do you end up with two IT Managers stealing all of your equipment within a year?

Exactly! And these strange monthly bills they've run up.

Err ... what is a data centre anyway?

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

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Re: Benefit of the Guilds

> You'll find that taxis are strictly licensed mainly for safety and honesty

I am reminded of a recent local council decision where an ex-councilor was refused a taxi licence because he had a criminal record.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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According to unnamed sources, the MOD is working on large shield that can be lowered into the earth by means of five finger-like projections. The hope is that this huge device, nicknamed 'Diego', will be able to deflect the ball of radioactive material towards the mainland, thereby saving the Falklands. Despite Argentinian protests of foul play, a referee appointed by the UN has given the project his approval.

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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Wha?

The king's name is Bhumihole?

Settle down, Beavis.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: A baseball can do 30 megatons of damage?

In cricket, this eventuality is covered by the Duckworth-Lewis method.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Gorilla Knuckles

My main criticism is I find it difficult to use the MBA keyboard. Unlike other Apple laptops, there's not much space above the top row of keys. Consequently, I find my knuckles continually brushing against the screen which I find distracting. Perhaps I just have the wrong kind of hands ...

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Good riddance, I say

> Are you invading Steve Coogan's privacy by quoting what he once said?

Wait, I'm confused ... are you saying Steve Coogan is Irish?

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Re: Good riddance, I say

> He's not the messiah. He's just a naughty boy

As Steve Coogan said, he's as edgy and relevant as 'a middle-aged punk rocker pogoing at his niece's wedding'.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Context, context....

> And what would they say about a true Scotsman wearing a kilt?

"Sir, you can't sleep in this doorway. I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to move."

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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> you STILL FIND ways to complain.

It's an obscene system that allows anyone to amass that amount of wealth in the first place.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Human nature

> when I'm sat at the lights an inattentive driver crashes into the back of me at 50mph, the spike causes further injury to me, even though the accident was not my fault.

I speak from experience when I say a defensive driver should anticipate situations where cars could approach from the rear at a high speed, look in the mirror regularly - even when stationary - and leave enough room for manoever in an emergency.

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Re: My wife's car has automatic headlights.

> This is *my* fault. I am not blaming the car in the slightest. But with these features comes an over-reliance on technology which is inherently dangerous.

My adaptive speed control cannot distinguish a stationary vehicle in from of the car from the background scenery, and will not react to it.

I can anticipate these situations, but it's often crossed my mind that an inexperienced driver might become over-reliant on the system and panic when he/she realised the car wasn't slowing down automatically.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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> I live in Scotland

It would seem that, as the head of the household, you'd be legally liable if the SNP's plans for compulsory voting become legislation.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Yaba-daba-doo

Why release 'em into the wild when they could be working at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company ?

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: I'm not worried

> They are usually happy to give away the empty ones for free.

Make a reservation to talk with a Fruit and Veg Genius at your nearest Tesco today!

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: This is a very good example

> If I am caught short in cold wind, ... plants or a drain, which nobody can see. ... can't see the point of your post.

As you correctly point out, public urination is treated, legally or socially, as an offense. You argue that these rules should be relaxed, that it is socially acceptable to urinate in a 'discrete' place.

The problem is, you and I may differ on what we consider to be 'discrete' - hence the need for legislation.

There is also the issue of whether 'discreet' peeing is "cumulatively tolerable".

TV coverage of footballers spitting on the pitch made spitting more socially acceptable. While one sportsman clearing his throat may not present a major health risk, this has led to a rise in people spitting in public, and a corresponding increase in public health issues.

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Re: This is a very good example

> I think that discretely pissing in public places ... It doesn't harm anyone, the temperature quells the stench, and it is easy to be caught short in the depths of winter.

You've obviously never had to push a wheelchair down a street where someone - or their dog - has pee'd across the street.

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Rosetta SNIFFS molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

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Re: I suppose

Amide is a terrible thing to waste.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Clearly he lives in the US

> How about Johannesburg- could it operate the anti-carjacking flamethrower?

10,000 people died on South Africa's roads last year; Johannesburg desperately needs self-driving cars. Not only would it make the roads safer, but carjacking would be impossible when a vehicle cannot deviate from a pre-planned route.

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