* Posts by CCCP

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

CCCP

I for one...

welcome our closer to light speed than ever particles produced by man overlords. Though you will be older than you think before you disintegrate in a shower of information. Unless you turn black hole on us and sc... Oh I see, sleeping still. Never mind.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Diesels...

Are a bugger.

Many moons ago I was an airport fire engine truck driver. It is obviously pretty important they don't fail if a 747 is burning after a crash.

So we drove them for one hour every day. Clearly not practical for a UPS scenario, but it does point the way if you really want an oil burner UPS.

Separately, since fuel consumption is of no concern in UPS scenarios, why is petrol not considered? I suspect it's because generators are built for long term fuel efficient use.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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War = Fear

Ergo, laser dooda = more fear.

That is why they are sending this pea shooter to the gulf. Watch them go to the China Sea next, for more "sea trials".

The effectiveness discussion here is nice, but misses the wider point.

An interesting moral discussion is in whose hands you'd want this tech, once functional. US? China? Europe? Probably a moot discourse since the US are the only ones even close.

If you really want to turn up the temperature, imagine USS Ponce rocking up in Estonia. Putin would go /even more/ nuts.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: The fad now leaving from platform 4 ...

@Pete 2

OK, Iet's assume you work with code (sorry, second time today I have a dev go). That's like saying "let's get users to write some proper prose in my /whatever/ application, otherwise it doesn't matter what my code behaves like". Yes it does. It raises the standard. Borderline analogy, but you get my point.

Sure, it is a way to sell more tellies, but that's how the market economy works. As a side benefit we get better DR and a bit more wow from our downtime. Not so bad, eh?

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@ jzlondon

Then why on <deity's> earth are you reading a tech heavy site that writes about new technology?

Maybe you're good with code. In which case you're sure as hell not using 2001 standards.

Maybe you're against progress. Then please move to a different forum.

You don't like what's "on the telly"? FFS, this is 2014, buy/rent/find what you want to watch.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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In the diaspora..

Off topic, sorry, but using one of the, ahem, VPN services that are readily available, you can trick your not so smart TV (well, you're tricking the provider really) to think it's in the UK. Or anywhere for that matter.

Just change the DNS and iPlayer etc will play nicely.

The beauty of this is that the /family/ can just /watch/ television with no faff. Happy dad. You just need to buy a UK set. Amazon are usually happy to oblige.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Sir, I salute your optimism and general good-natured attitude. Have an upvote.

The girls and boys at NASA and ESA keep the human spirit going. And they give me something to talk to my children about which is not IS/EBOLA/Russia...

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Good, measury stuff

Seriously?

We measure thickness with more accuracy and you shout hurrah because it is more than previously estimated. WTF?

Has it occured to you all this measuring goodness is carried out by people who mostly believe in AGW...

Please, show me the anti-AGW studies carried out in Antarctica.

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

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Annoyingly centred around the poor musicians

Musicians were always poor over the centuries because they couldn't do anything useful, like build or grow shit.

Now some have become rich and famous for no particular reason. Then the fight follows for the spoils.

In the hierarchy of needs, music is next to pretty wallpaper. A good for sure, but a small one.

If there weren't beeeellions involved, no one would give a flying fuck.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Re: Heh

You lost me at "I'd of...". Pox on your English.

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It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO... or an investor, come to that

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Headmaster

Re: It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO...

Sorry Tom - it's "worst case". This plague on English is up there with "would of".

On an unrelated note, will you change your handle when you turn 36? Or is it a bit evil like Juanito veintitrés, like in Con Air [obscure reference warning]?

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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Re: The tech industry is in a mess for one simple reason:

Jake, when it comes to technology, is meaningless.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Big Brother

It's just creepy

This puts a big black boot across the line of what it is appropriate for any company to get involved with. When to have children is a very personal decision than a company, or the state for that matter, should not have an opinion on. This is saying "we prefer you to have children later, please".

I'm sure this is filed under Innovative HR Policies whereas it should be chucked in the Inappropriate basket.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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Joke

Yo dawg

I heard you like space, so we put a plane in your plane so you can orbit while you orbit.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: Charging issues? Range?

And Jake can't think beyond his nose, and never will.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: New winds?

Oops. Claim. Obviously.

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CCCP

New winds?

Is that the winds of change I hear blowing across the reg commentardscape (I clame rights to that word)?

Compared to say, three years ago, there's way more discussion around solutions. Pigs do fly.

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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Re: Illiterate idiots

If you can't write you don't belong here either. Move along.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Big nose, big h...

It wasn't the NOSE the lady dinosaurs were interested in. Plus ça change...

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Re: Sorry... BS...

I call double BS on your puny BS.

Your comment is exactly why IT types get such a bad reputation. Your world is so narrow that anything else a company might need to engage in is mere interference with writing code.

Newsflash, long before there was code there were merchants or middle men. They made markets. Now we call them marketing or sales, or some other derogatory term. Still need them. Always will.

Sticking butter up a hedgehog's arse with a red hot poker is child's play compared recruiting decent middle men to Slough. I know. I tried for two years then gave up.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: /me Applauds

The principals of the schools involved are probably also very happy not to be be sacrificed.

Hang on, you mean principles...

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: Car?

Likewise. I didn't realise this site was meant for people with singular interests.

On a separate note, if motor reviews annoy you, why did you a) read the at least some of the article and b) comment on it?

You're just taking up space. Like I am right now so I'll shu...

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Can't believe no one saw it...

If they don't demonstrate a history of biting IT (or anything for that matter), how could they possibly qualify?

I will stop reading (mostly), and stop clicking ads (certainly) if biting is not a hiring criteria.

Suarez knows that biting is essential to fame.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Re: RIMFAX

Rimfaxe was the horse in Norse mythology belonging to the god Natts.

He had frost in his beard (the horse not the god), because he brought forth tomorrow by drooling. If you've seen a meadow on a biting winter's morning in the sunlight you understand what they meant.

So not an entirely unreasonable name picked by the, present day, Norwegians.

However, I, like other commentards, suffer acronym fatigue. Off-earth ground radar is pretty cool in and of itself.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Slot screws and flat screw drivers have an evil pact

It's more subtle than the time travel and teleporting that has been observed above.

They agree, well in advance of comming into contact, years some time, that as soon as they touch, one, or both, will slightly change dimension or angle of attack, so that the attempt of transferring torque by the user will be rendered useless. So no screwing takes place.

A self sacrificial part of the pact is that the screw agrees to shed just enough material so that each subsequent attempt of torque-transfer will be increasingly futile.

At the advent of mechanised screw drivers the rate of material shedding was upped to instant from the screw community. So the first attempt is also the last.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Will your car kill you to save another?

It's funny how we get obsessed, "I Robot" style, with edge cases of car scenarios where morality enters the picture.

In reality, meanwhile, meatsacks kill each other on the roads at a very steady rate through stupidity/tiredness/distraction, none of which driverless cars suffer from.

Planes land themselves all the time, at least some times, and we seem to be fine with that. I think the difference is pretty much everyone drives, and couldn't possibly imagine a robot doing it better. Pilots, OTOH, are a bit smarter than that.

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Headmaster

Re: Stupid headline

@AC

Do please tell what a "yet" belonging to cyclist nazi is. Is it missing an "i", as in yeti? That would be quite a sight incidentally, an abominable snowman running after a militant bicycle rider needing to be overtaken, in the middle of a sweltering London.

(I know the apostrophy is the curse of native English speakers. But it's still amusing.)

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Re: @AceRimmer - Will these night time trucking lorries

@Nuke

"It's worse them that"? You cannot use the Pedantic icon and then spew that. That's worse than a bad thing. Please pray you have not invented a new "would of...".

"I must triple check my posts" [repeat]

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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@jzlondon

I disagree. Sitting down to watch a film and getting that cinema feeling really does matter. I struggle with the Samsung 8000 full 1080p from bluray. It's just looks so plastic. I've fiddled with everything [ahem] on that screen, but it just doesn't look right.

In fact the 720p Pioneer kuro on standard DVD is way more pleasurable.

So it's not the number of pixels, it's what you do with them, as the vicar said.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Re: New batteries...

@Pet Peeve

Awesome. You fill your bike tyres with electricity! Why didn't I think of that? Oh wait...

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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark

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The plucky little robots...

Random, but it makes my daughter's eyes mist up every time I tell her about the robots on Mars, especially Spirit...

Damn you Pixar and your Wall-e for imbuing robots with way too much personality.

Although, maybe if all boffins actually cared about their robots they wouldn't screw up their metrics and imperials.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Easy solution

Just prevent el reg commentards from going near a Tesla commercial or charging station.

The rest of us can then charge our Teslas [or whatever] in peace.

The commentards can then keep using petrol stations. Simples.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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Never trusted cabs. Black or otherwise. In any country.

It's the perfect example of an asymmetric market. Cabbie knows everything locally. You may or may not know route or short cuts.

The idea that Black Cabs in London are somehow "special" is ridiculous. They all have GPSs anyway, just like other cabs.

Get used to it.

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

CCCP

Broken Troll is broken. Nice try, but no biscuit.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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W. Anderson is a c@ck

So you want a demeaning way to describe stupid people. Hmmm. I know, dyslexics. They can't read well so they must be stupid. As it happens, their spoken language is often good.

But don't let that stop you. Let's have focus groups, spoken forums, of people who can't read well - stupidity squared.

Next time your willy waving misses your scr@tum because it doesn't reach, think before you write. Tu capisci?

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PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

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Hard for hardware manufacturers - not so for the rest of us

Sure, like cars, the replacement cycle is getting longer. Also like cars, there's no longer status value in a PC, possibly the opposite bar gaming rigs. And indeed PCs are "competing" with more devices. Further, a senior bloke at work has tried to switch to tablet working.

However, for some things a tappy keyboard is a necessary thing. I'd like to see my kids complete their projects on a tablet. Also, though it chews time, Candycrush and iPlayer is not killing the PC. And for the tablet bloke, I giggle every time his iPad falls over in a meeting, And his presentations are even more sh*t than the standard ppt stuff.

As it happens, amongst other things we run a 10-year old XP laptop that the wifey prefers because of the proper (not wide) 15" screen and 1440x900 res. Stripping everything has made it boot fast. The much newer Windows 7 (widescreen) laptop reluctantly does Skype duties only.

I don't love M$, but the PC death is over-rated. At least in my western eyes.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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The rights market is broken...

Sorry, no cheers here. But this deal just illustrates how screwed the international rights market is.

From abroad, this now looks properly crazy. Like insane. Weird on a stick-like.

I predict that over time we will see a more individual subscription model, as someone mentioned the US works already. By over time I mean decades btw.

Spotify for TV anyone?

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

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Re: Well Well

Your comment reeks of "they should feed the poor first" as well as the obvious racism.

A society needs to lift all levels of achievement, including space if you're the size of India, to develop. Rocket scientists want to be, well, rocket scientists whatever their nationality. So you either export them all, or have some rocketry of your own.

Go India. Even it it fails you have succeeded.

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HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

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Business is not charity

I'll get flamed, but if a company is not fit for purpose, something has to give.

Unite in particular seem hell bent on even destroying companies in their pursuit of influence. Just look at Grangemouth. (though a last ditch concession from Union seems just to have emerged)

Yes, capital has to be reined in, but that is the role of governments and, increasingly, supra-governmental bodies. Not irrelevant unions.

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

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WTF?

WTF? Did she not read past the synopsis in the MBA handbook?

1) Select a target market 2) Make a product 3) Hire and/or fire people

The problem with her eBay experience is that eBay had first mover advantage with a new and attractive concept. Quite the opposite of the HP problem. Also, she correctly puts engineering centre stage, but appears clueless about what building stuff actually entails.

Surprised she has made it past the two-year marker.

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Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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Broken...

@not_whatever

Your trolling is broken. And so is your writing. Please reset both and then come back.

Also, who is this "your youth" I beg? Do you and I have different sets of young people around us? You can't be foreign as they write better than that.

Finally, the low point of your post gets pretty close to scum. How long before we see your posts on Have I Got News For You?

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BBC to spaff £18 MILLION of licence fee cash... on BIG DATA

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Dear Deity - this has fuster cluck written all over it

Funnily enough I'm currently waist deep in a situation with, I think, the exact same intended outcome. Except we have realised there absolutely no turn-key solution.

Instead we are building small and learning as we go. And boy, these systems (web analytics, CRM, ad servers, affiliate platforms, CMSs etc) seem designed to avoid talking to each other.

The sheer hubris of Auntie believing they can SOLVE this with one RFP is quite something.

And WTF is big data anyway in this context?? I bet some dick consultant will proclaim "a data warehouse we need, and big it must be". "Big data" makes me reach for the oxygen mask every time...

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Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia

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Re: Yahoo are not even themselves now

OK - Yahoo was certainly the dominant internet directory early on, say 90s to about 2001. So not a search engine per se, but the dominant way for people to find stuff on the webs.

The idea of internet librarians, editors Yahoo called them, actually reviewing each site and writing a description seems quaint, but that's how it started.

Google was built by Yahoo starting to use their algorithmic search to supplement their directory - they put "powered by Google" on each and every search results page. So people went straight to the source. How to, Howitzer style, blow your own foot, calf and leg off.

Yahoo has never since found its mojo again. They stumble around, drunk on their heritage, in search for a purpose.

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Ryanair boss Mike O'Leary hits Twitter: 'Nice pic. Phwoaaarr!'

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Nightmare to do business with too

We were at the time a, ahem, supplier for one of the annoying ancillary products on their website. In retrospect we shouldn't have touched it with the proverbial barge pole.

The attitude was astonishing and just as you'd imagine little MOL clones to behave. Total dicks. One expensive court case later we were shot of thing, The next RA supplier for the same space also ended acrimoniously.

What's sad is the model doesn't have to be delivered this way, as Southwest in the US have shown.

As with politicians, maybe we get the airlines we deserve...

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: Even less reasion to buy

@ac 14:27

Eadon?

Is that you or have you been reincarnated? Different subject, but the tone is familiar. Maybe there are many Eadons...

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CCCP

Re: Learn the lessons lumpheads

And worse, I find myself preferring an up scaled DVD (Toshiba player) on a first gen Kuro to a bluray on a Samsung D8000.

Fiddling ad infinitum doesn't fix it, it's just too plasticky. 4K will make it worse.

Lumpheads won't learn.

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Beat this, cloud giants! Musk rocket flings 1TB hard drive into SPAAACE

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Re: IP over pigeon, or a station wagon full of tapes

Don't jest - plenty of stories where the pigeons win...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-11325787

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'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

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Re: The real moral of the story is...

Much as I don't get the 'plicit picture sending - you would worry about your other half?? Really??

Trust is a shortage commodity as it is, no need to be paranoid. Just treat your other half decently.

Anyway, a printed picture is better how exactly?

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Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled

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Re: so presumably..

Exactly!

Pen + Paper anyone? Or do they use Star Trek-style EMHs all over the place?

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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Re: Dull

Exactly my first thought - the, ahem, rear aspect is particularly poor, sort of retro looking in a bad way.

(disclosure: I drive a latest gen (FN2) Civic Type-R GT)

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