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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Re: Fun?

By the same logic they should have compulsory singing lessons, just look at all the pop star millionaires out there. And that involves even less effort than coding, half of those pop stars can't even sing.

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AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

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AMD Fanboy

I've always been an AMD fanboy through thick and thin, and even I admit that they just cannot compete right now.

In the CPU market Intel are shupping them, to the point where AMD don't even seem to be trying high end anymore, insead aiming at all in one solutions with their jaguar 8 core chips with built in graphics. It's all well and good, but it's not where the money really is, right now Intel are beating them senseless in both power (watts) and power (speed) while matching them on price / performance level, if not beating them.

At the same time they keep making jumps to catch up to nVidia, and hardware wise I'd often argue that ATI cards are better, but the drivers are a huge let down it seems. It almost feels like for every step forward AMD/ATI make, the competition takes two.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: Fashion

I have two pairs of jeans, they're exactly the same though. Gotta wear something while the other pair is in the wash.

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Re: i.amPULS

Probably Useless Lacking Sophistication.

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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

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Re: which is great

Tampering, or third party chargers, those are also to blame.

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Three UK fined £250,000 for customer complaints COCKUP

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Re: never had a prob with three

I too was with them for years and it was fine. It was when I tried to leave that all the problems began, refusal to cancel my contract and instead signing me up to a new contract in spite of me repeating over and over again "I do not want a new contract, I already have a contract elsewhere"

I then spent several months fighting with them to get the illegal contract cancelled, during which time they sent debt collectos and all sorts after me. Eventually got info on the ombudsman service or whatever it's called who deals with three. It was settled with a "He didn't sign anything, you have no legal ground to stand on, refund any money you've taken" personally I would have prefered additional payments for the amount of phone calls / stress. But at the time I was just happy it was finally done with.

As a further note, if you ever wish to cancel your contract with 3, go in store, ask a rep to call up and cancel on your behalf, state your behalf. I

As a note I'm not the only person I know of who has had this happen to them.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: If you can't say anything nice

On Eddy Itos post, it reminds me of an episode of top gear I watched once. They wanted to test drive some car, and had been told they could have one, and then teh company changed their mind because they thought that the car would get slammed.

So instead they went to a dealership, and did a 'hidden camera' test drive, I think it was James May doing the driving, can't remember.

I believe they also had another episode where something similar happened, iirc they were driving through russia or romania... some eastern europian country. Two of three cars turned up, the third did not because the company didn't want them test driving it, so IIRC hammond bought one, using his own money.

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Personally

Hot bar, sweaty hands, talking to somebody on the phone and somebody knocks into you, that's a good 6ft drop right there (give or take a few inches)

If you're a builder and you put your phone in a back pocket before climbing a ladder, that's definitely more than 3ft if it drops. Although I'd advise any builder to buy a nokia... not one of the new ones, one of the old indestructible types. Once dropped one off the top of an old oil truck, 1st story height at least, barely scuffed the plastic.

I've rarely seen anyone drop their phone from a table top, it's normally fumbling to get it out of / put it in to a jacket pocket.

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Personally

Iuno, I've already seen a few 'drop tests' being done on youtube, one of which I believe was on this site in another artile by some techfix au company (i forget the actual name) where the screen broke in stupendous style.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Happy

I sense a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of fanbois suddenly cried out in pain.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Hah

On the article itself, I love teh response of 5 years to how long have you been here. This actually happened to a friend of mine, asked a guy at the bus stop how long he'd been here "About 6 months". My mate just facepalmed, started laughing before saying "I meant at the bus stop"

As for the apple following. If it suits them then that's fine. Everyone has their own hobbies. Personally I think standing in line for a few hours for a phone is daft, then again in a week or so I'll be standing in line for a few hours to get into eurogamer... and then in march I'll be doing the same thing for comicon, so who am I to judge.

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

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Re: Time to update and backup

As quoted from Penny Arcade (badly)

I would sell my actual baby for £2.5 billion.

With that cash, Microsoft probably have a contractual obligation Notch remains for X months / years. After which he can jump ship with cash in hand, and either retire for the rest of his life, or start up a new company.

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

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I am somewhat reminded of the whole contreversy of the Facebook Messenger application, personally I think the seperate messanger was daft, but I went through and disabled a load of the 'features' and now it acts just like normal messenger, so much so that I again wonder why they bothered splitting off.

ANYWAY

The furore I saw when people saw the list of permissions it needed, "Why does it want my camera / contacts / gps / first borns soul" etc. People up in arms about how facebook are going to farm this data from messenger to sell on to the highest bidder or some other fantasy... Happily ignorant of the fact that facebook already has every one of these permissions, and possibly more.

It makes me wonder if people are just plain ignorant of what folks can do with these permissions, until they're told to be angry about it in a particular case by the tabloids.

I will admit that I don't pay much attention to these permissions, not nearly as much as I should, and I do wish they'd make it a requirement to list why features are used / needed. Or better yet, disable access to certain features. (I'm getting fed of facebook and google asking if they can use my location)

No I don't use my camera straight from facebook, so you don't need camera accesss, nope nor do I use the GPS. Give us little check boxes, and a list of features that'll no longer opperate and I'll be happy (I guess)

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Re: ETA

I quite like the idea of a Trout Eel alliance. Or TEA for short.

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Re: I trout it very much.

Oh don't be so crabby.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Main thing

The main thing I dislike at the moment is how others companies have begun caving to the license fees.

Now I will say if you watch TV, you should pay the license, I don't think it's good value for money myself, especiallyw ith things like netflix / amazon etc, I personally believe teh fee should be lowered (they could probably scrap black and white TV, and lower normal TV licenses to that fee)

What I'd like to see hwoever, is somebody making a reasonably priced 'TV' only minus the transmission ability. On the one hand I don't watch TV and so am in no legal dark place, on the other, I still own a TV, and from many stories of these enforcers, owning a TV = watching live TV.

Sadly gaming monitors don't seem to go up nearly as big as TVs do, and seem to be more expensive than their TV counterparts.

So on that note, if anyone can give me a recommendation of where I could buy a 40 inch monitor which takes multiple HDMI connections, along with DVI and SCART. For a reasonable price, I'd be a happy man.

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Re: BBC content is no longer worth the Licence Fee.

Haven't touched a license in a long time. I never watched much live TV before, and I don't really watch any live TV now. If there's anything I want to watch it's usually on crunchyroll or netflix. I made sure to contact them when I first moved in to tell them I didn't watch TV, but since I live in a flat I'm wondering how long it will be before I get the threatening "We know you have a TV and we know you're watching it" letters. I imagine they'll start in november time.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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equips tinfoil hat

Microsoft are starting to pay antivirus companies to bork up windows XP. That way more people will realize how much trouble xp is and will then upgrade to windows 8 (yeahright).

That or norton are just terrible. I've had a lot of issues with them from dodgy updates, including blocking of all web traffic, so I coudln't even update norton, deleting my explorer.exe and blocking me from installing certain games / deleting the game exe after installation because it thinks the game is a virus.

Not had nearly as many issues on kaspersky.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Something for the weekend?

The weekend is almost over sir.

But I agree, for anything reasonably useful 3d printing as it is, would be fairly useless. The only thing I've seen it used for personally is rapid prototyping (even though the slow printing speed could hardly be considered rapid)

£10,000 per prototype, or £500 per prototpe. Makes a big difference, and is still much faster. Sure when it comes to the final prototype, we still splash out on the expensive 10k one, it's all the failed prototypes we've saved the money on.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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In todays news the AWS cloud servers have gone down again. In an unrelated story suddenly X banks backend systems have had a massive fault, preventing standing orders, direct debits, and even normal card transactions. More on this in news at 11.

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Google ghostly graphics haunt Image search

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Re: Rise of the machines

Google testing AI,

Google testing self driving cars

Google images, possibly testing the AI shows an image of a fatal car crash.

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I do not want these self driving cars.

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Personally

When I was with them the customer service were top notch, however it would have been nice if I didn't have to phone their customer service team monthly for every new issue that appears. For the first 6 months I was calling them every month because of a piece of bloatware they'd pre-installed on my phone, which was impossible to remove (without rooting) which also happened to be a subscription service.

Gave in, rooted phone, removed app.

Got their panther (i think) deal with the orange brand, the one with free deezer and mobile data not counted against deezer use. Was then calling them every other month when I went over my mobile data from deezer use and they were charging me.

Every time it was sorted out quickly and the staff were nothing but helpful Absolute bullshit that I had to spend so much time talking to them though.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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I'm still happy with my g15 and microsoft sidewinder mouse.

I've been tempted on more than one occasion to splash out and try a razer orbweaver / naga combo. But I suppose these things vary with the kind of game you play.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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/but

It only has 2 legs, so doesn't that technically mean that this is a wyvern, and not a dragon?

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Eureka!

We finally have a solution. Dig up the landfills, scoop up that trash island out to sea, stick it all on a space ship and have it incinerated in the atmosphere... FOR SCIENCE!

What could possibly go wrong?

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: I call bollocks.

A lot of it (in my experience with teaching parents) is that the older generation appear to be more afraid of breaking something. It took me a month of reassurances to convince my mother that unplugging the PC wouldn't wipe all the data stored on it.

Kids on the other hands are happy enough to push random buttons to see what happens. And that's the difference imo.

The XKCD tech support flow chart is a good example

https://xkcd.com/627/

Step 1: Find a menu or button that looks like it does what you want to do

Step 2: Click it.

Older generation are afraid of the first two tech support steps, lest the break something. Younger folks on the other hand will happily click whatever until something works.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!

"But I've only got one... How about 1 groat and a turnip"

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IBM can't give away its chip business: report

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Re: "Big Blue is believed to leak a billion or two dollars each year"

<pedant>

or did IBM suddenly lose their famed accounting abilities

</pedant>

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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One problem

'Murica won't let people go off grid. Well they do but I've read several stories of people being arrested for taking their homes off grid I think they cited terror laws as the reason.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/12/18/texas-state-tried-to-shut-down-a-sustainable-community/

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/09/florida-makes-off-grid-living-illegal-mandates-all-homes-must-be-connected-to-an-electricity-grid/

I can't comment on the quality of the above site, but I've read the same stories elsewhere in the past, so they're as good a source as any I have atm.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: The simple answer is usually the obvious one

I always suspected that time travel was afoot.

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Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

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Re: Feathers != fluffy

So what you're saying is, rather than waste money on a new Jurrasic Park film... We should just do a new line of Godzilla films?

Godilla vs CassowaryRex

We could make millions maybe even BILLIONS!

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Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

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Who said they were working, just said 'fixed while we were in the bar after work'

They probably subcontract an office gremlin. No office should be without one.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Three

As soon as I saw 3 I knew something bad was going to follow.

Many moons ago I had a contract phone with 3, it was the best deal available to me at the time, and 3 had the best coverage in my area. About a month before the end of my contract I wanted to sign up to a new deal elsewhere. It was the period of half price for 6 months, with £150 cashback on top of it, basically made my new phone free for half a year. Signed up for that with somebody else, then called 3 to cancel.

I was on the phone for half an hour repeating the word no as the salesperson tried to get me to sign up for a new contract. I repeatedly refused stating I already had a new contract and was not interested, in the end he agreed and disconnected me. The next month I got a letter informing me about my new contract.

Cancelled all direct debits, called my bank an informed them not to process anything regarding 3 due to dispute etc, contacted 3 several times and the refused to do anything, they called debt collectors on me etc etc. Eventually got instructions from consumer advice to go through their... ombudsman is it? I can't remember. Effectively what 3 did was entirely illegal, but the process wound up costing me a fair bit of money in phone calls and a lot of stress. End result I got nothing back and 3 cancelled the contract. They lost nothing I lost money.

I can only imagine the number of people who have gone through the same thing but didn't bother fighting it. Since then I advise everyone to avoid 3 like the plague.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: "then I can only surmise that they are all good"

Our old group started with D&D 3.5 and stuck with it for ages. We modified the heck out of it with house rulings for bits we weren't overly fond of / felt didn't work. However that eventually started to crumble around us and made it difficult to add new people.

Then we moved to Pathfinder which fixed most of the issues we had with D&D. Never did D&D4.0 none of us were overly enamoured with it.

We had a stint for a year or so with WoD which was great from a roleplaying perspective ,but more difficult from a combat one we found.

Right now we're looking at a few different systems to try, mainly GURPS which I believe is also a freemium system, and FATE which caught my interest.

Since playing D&D 3.5 however I've been slowly building my own system that I'd like to try some day, but building a balanced system is hard, especially when I'm trying not to rip people off too much. Turns out the system I was putting together has a lot of similarities with GURPS. Thing is I keep getting to a certain point and then forgetting about i t/ losing the documents. That point is normally magic.. I'm no re-writing it all again, this time omitting magic entirely (for now) although I did have an idea of how I could implement magic in the future.

I know there's no need for my own system, and it'll probably do more harm than good for our group but it's something that's been stuck in my mind on and off for way too long now.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Re: The trick will be in the feedback loop.

I am patenting this, all I need is a cool backronym involving Pavlov.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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A quote from Hawking

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," Hawking said. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

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The only reason we need these super space telescopes is so we can arm ourselves to the teeth when the aliens start invading. That is also the real reason why every country is stockpiling nukes.

*adjusts tinfoil hat*

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Its a shame really

its not even the cost, its the whole experience. Its both dated, overpriced and overrated.

This reminds me of the annoying adverts at the beginning of DVDs. (which I still don't get the point of) hey you bought this DVD legally, now we're going to talk at you about how stealing is wrong. That'll teach those thieves who pirated the DVD and therefore didn't see this annoying advert.

But the most annoying is the one advert that goes on about how "By downloading this film you're missing out on the true movie experience"

If I wanted the true movie experience, I'd spill a sugary drink over the floor to get that extra sticky sensation, have somebody standing up in front of me and blocking my view every few minutes, talking, playing on mobile phones, and eating loud snacks (who ever decided nachos should be a cinema snack food should be shot in the foot)

I often find that a lot of these anti piracy things are aimed at the wrong people (the people who paid)

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Funny, I too once had a bad reaction to being taken into an apple store once. First it got hard to breath, heart palpatations, and then I had an intense urge to leave. It was actually the start of a panic attack because there were too many people in there, but I can't help but think apple is partially to blame.

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

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Re: Pharma sales

Can't help but be reminded of the pharma rep from scrubs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmoVsbaFrHc

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs

Not sure, but if flintstones is anything to go buy I'd gues pretty darn good. That and roast pterodactyl.

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WinPhone iView app flap: Microsoft to pull 'unauthorised' app... coded by STAFFER

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Re: I think this quote sums it all up...

That's just cruel. Ralph gets bullied enough, no need to compare him to WP

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Prepare yourself for PlayStation pr0n: Sony shows off PS 4 beta-fest

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although the stage of old tellies was a nice touch

When I saw the pile of tellies my immediate thought was. NEW PERSONA GAME! Y'know, considering the pile of old TVs from Persona 4. But alas. (for anyone wondering what I'm talking about when I say TV pile)

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs38/i/2008/343/c/3/DarKaoZ___Persona_4_PS3_Theme_by_darkaoz.png

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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If only

they could give it some way to monitor when you're falling asleep, could be useful for keeping me awake in boring / any meetings.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Parents

are the bane of the computing world.

I've actually printed this out

https://xkcd.com/627/

and given a copy to my mother. Sadly it was a long slow process getting her far enough to use that. I remember when we got our first PC, I was about... 8 or 9? Mum spent several days trying to use the PC with the manual etc, didn't get too far, within the first half hour I was using it to a higher competence than her.

It took so long just to teach basic things.

"Double click the icon"

"I am, it isn't working!"

"Are you double clicking quickly, or are you just going click... click"

"Does it make a difference?"

"... double click quickly"

"Oh now it's working"

It also took me a long time to convince her that turning it off at the plug socket wouldn't reformat the computer. She was actually afraid that if it was ever unplugged she'd lose all the data on the PC.

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Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species

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No picture?

How can I postulate on the proportions of these pint sized pachyderms without a picture?

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: More data required

Or trying to strike up a conversation.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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On the one hand

I like the idea of print to order. It would save a lot of space for books in the warehouse, cutting out costs of transport, storage etc, kinda how I wished many moons ago when stores actually sold CDs that they'd do a kiosk which was basically iTunes connected to a CD writer, so rather than buying an album, you could buy the tracks you wanted and put them on a custom disk.

But the rest of this stuff, wanting to dictate the prices etc. Isn't this pretty much the reason Amazon took Apple to court before?

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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I don't get the BBC

We pay £12.50 a month to pay for the BBC, basically 2 channels for 1/4 the cost of a sky subscription. And yet we have this god awful television, low budget tripe... and doctor who. As for the lack of countryside coverage, when are they watching TV? All I ever see on the bloody channel is countryfile and 'ye olde time show of victorian era'. and occasionally if I watch during the day Doctors (oh and the snooker when it's on).

What are they going to do to showcase the countryside folks more? Start a new soap opera and put it up against emmerdale? "Down in sommorset farms we got tra'ers an comboin 'ar'sters."

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: The anti-helicopter wires it hit

So THATS what that's meant to be a picture of.

All this time I thought it was some kind of scorpion.

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

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Re: I missed the old days ...

his bunch of debug printf(); statements wouldn't produce no output

Wouldn't product no output? So they would produce output then?

Sorry, I was confused by your double negative. You see grammar is very important to the Nazi party.

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