* Posts by Tachikoma

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

Tachikoma

One thing that has always confused me in the UK, my 10 year old son can't go buy a 12 rated Guardians of the Space War on DVD as someone says "shit" in it, but my 13 year old niece can walk into Waterstones and pick up 50 Shades of Unimaginitive Bondage in paperback and read graphic depictions of barely passable sex.

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Re: It's fairly common practice.

When I used to work in Poundland as a student, we were all searched on exiting the site, when I worked in Argos however, I had full access to the electronics and jewellery safe and nobody ever got searched.

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Re: @ Tachikoma

@James Hughes 1

Sure, as an introduction it's fine for basic concepts, but it's probably a "first week" sort of thing. My son knocked up a Flappy Bird clone in very little time, including creating his own graphics, added music and had it running on his tablet. Being simple doesn't mean it has to be limited, the "blueprints" in Unreal Development Kit let you do similar things to Scratch (drag and drop, but more like a Visio chart we would use to map software logic) and while they could do with simplifying the language used for the logic blocks (but it's not really aimed at kids), you can get just as immediate results but with more options.

For younger kids, yeah Scratch is great, but it shouldn't be sold as "coding"

@David Pollard

Thank you, appreciate it!

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Tachikoma

"They didn’t get coding instruction in school"

No, we disassembled BASIC code on our BBC Micro to make games say rude words, or added infinite lives, etc.

My son uses Scratch in school and wanted to install it on my PC, after watching him fiddle with it and make something really basic, I showed him the Unreal Development Kit, and he acomplished more in the same time, and learned about variables, creating instances, etc. Give him another 6 months and he will probably be doing C++ on there to get around the limitations and frustrations of the blueprints.

Kids are smarter than people give them credit for, stuff like Scratch are for wasting time, not learning to code.

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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Re: Link Win8.1, Like Lollipop

Well I chuckled at:

"iPad users will also be able to watch videos while using another app by pulling the video into a corner, resizing it down to a picture-in-picture box"

Which I had on my Galaxy S3 around 3 years ago, and while a lovely tech demo, was completely pointless, so I assume iPad owners will become equally as bored with the novelty.

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Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

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I have a 12 platter dinner plate size hard drive drum (I think it's 250MB) on my desk in work that I use to put desk toys on, and made a bracelet out of old BNC network ends, I love old kit.

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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Pint

Just do some TNT fishing, lob a couple of sticks down to the surface, blast through the ice and wait for the stunned fish to float up to the surface.

On a serious note though, I always wondered what would happen if/when they drill through the surface, would the lower gravity and negligible atmosphere cause the water underneath to sublime and blast the drilling probe into space? similarly wonder what would happen if it was struck by a large asteroid and the ice shell melted/was destroyed over a large area, would you end up with a floating ball of water (like the earth)? would it just freeze again immediately? would it go shooting off into space like a deflating balloon resulting in an ice shell with a bit of rock rattling around inside?

Icon because it has been a long day and I'm waiting for beer o'clock.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Re: And you wondow why Windows 10 will be free

Insufficient gems to launch "Anti-Virus" would you like to go to the store to purchase more?

200 gems + 50 bonus gems for only £34.99!

Recommend a friend and unlock "Administrator Mode"!

Connect to FaceBook to save your documents!

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Paying for what you don't use

It could even try making proper science documentaries again that don't involve that mop-haired muppet from d:ream having to go to the top of some mountain in Chile to film a 10 second shot explaining something that a info-graphic and a voice over would have done in a less distracting manner on Horizon 20 years ago.

A million times this!

Same applies to BBC radio news where they send a reporter to interview (eg) some random cafe owner and insist on putting sounds of clinking cups and steaming espresso machines in the background (obviously not recorded during the interview) when it could just be a phone interview and save hundreds/thousands.

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Mystery 'Explosive' cyber-spy campaign traced back to Lebanon

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Having used what passes for broadband in Lebanon, I'm surprised there is an actual cybercrime group, they must be very patient!

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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Re: Agree, but ...

Not that I would choose to shit and/or vomit my way to weight loss

Otherwise known as "the night on the piss and a vindaloo diet"

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

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Re: Ethical?

I'm into bug macro photography so spend a lot of my free time during the warmer months staring at various creatures through a fat macro lens, and I learned early on insects/bugs/etc are not as stupid as people think. They can display a quite disturbing intelligence (certain species of spider especially) and aren't the reactionary (see food: eat, see opposite sex: hump) creatures most people think. For me I would say yes, this is almost as bad as strapping a monkey to a table, but if I was trapped under a collapsed building and one of these turned up, I wouldn't turn it away in disgust.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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I have always wondered about these announcements. Does Kaspersky/whoever add a rule to their virus/malware database to get rid of these things if found? I can't imagine the government would openly acknowledge the existence of the software and say "don't delete it, it helps us catch ne'er do wells" but at the same time they could lean on the anti-virus companies to produce a fake certificate that merely pretends to clean an infected system "for national security"

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: Actually...

I got bored of doing that years ago when they kept knocking on my door and sending threatening letters. Was fun for a while seeing the frustration on their faces as I refused to let them in as I had already declared I don't watch or have any interest in watching TV. Now I just enjoy watching them get caught off guard when I invite them in and show my living room is set up to make it impossible to connect the aerial to the TV without an hour dragging heavy furniture around.

My sister absolutely hates that I don't pay as "its an institution and you should pay even if you don't watch TV" and for a while refused to turn her TV on when I popped over so I wasn't "getting it for free"

Some people are too precious about the BBC, I'm fine with that as long as people realise that people like me and those above just don't think its worth it. Not ragging on the beeb, I just wouldn't get my moneys worth so don't bother with any of it.

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Tachikoma

Re: Actually...

Another "fee dodger" here, just moved house and updated my details, so can't wait for the guy to randomly knock on my door and try to intimidate me before I warmly invite him in, confusing him greatly before showing the TV in one corner of the room connected to a PS3, the aerial in the opposite corner of the room, then drawing his attention to two bookcases full of DVD's and three bookcases full of books. I pay for what I watch, when it comes out on DVD, sure it probably costs me more in the long run, but that's my choice.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

Tachikoma

One week later:

http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-hands-519646/

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Tachikoma

So nothing at all like the Samsung Youm prototypes shown last year!

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Tachikoma

Can we have a "X of the best..." for all in ones, lapboards, wireless keyboard/mice frankenthingies for HTPC's/Steam Machines/etc for us non-FPS players to use for the odd game of Guild Wars 2 on the sofa?

I have a Logitech K400 for this purpose, but the trackpad is terrible, want something I can shove under the sofa when not in use with no wires for the kids to trip over.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

Tachikoma

Re: Hashing...

they could employ their reverse image search technology

Which I must say, works brilliantly, I have used it a few times to find people stealing photos from my online galleries.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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and the June update to OneDrive to improve your control of sync

Ah yes, I remember that well, because OneDrive insists on bloody restarting and locking up the machine on every single boot...

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

Tachikoma

I'm fed up of all this wireless charging malarky, I was promised this with my Galaxy S3 a few years ago, never happened outside of some XDA lot just doing it themselves. I was promised it on my Xperia Z2 but they withdrew it a week after announcing it, sure there's the magnetic charging port to save wear and tear on the waterproof flaps, but I just want to lob it on the bedside table and wake up to a fully charged battery.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: Manco

Or if you are from Kyushu it's "bobo" for the most vulgar word.

Haha I love manjū, you can really make people blush when you enthuse about how you love to eat it slowly, feel the softness on your lips and savour the sweet flavour. For non-speakers it's also a type of confectionary, a type of bean paste dumpling.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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development would apparently have to be in some sort of Cloud IDE.

Google had that a few years ago, was one of their "20% projects" that they eventually open sourced.

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

Tachikoma

I had something similar on the PSP for the game Metal Gear Ac!d 2, worked quite well considering the resolution is a fraction of a modern smartphone. Wouldn't mind giving this a try just out of curiosity.

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

Tachikoma

Does this mean I can run iTunes on my Archimedes?

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

Tachikoma

Re: steel claws

Well, Unobtanium is still 20 million a Kilo, so steel will have to do for your average garden shed boffinry.

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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Tachikoma

Re: Bing Bong

hitting the search button starts Bing

Quick, sue Microsoft!

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

Tachikoma

Re: Stun devices

I made something from a disposable camera flash circuit to kill off old gear, it can vaporize circuit tracks, using it against living flesh might or might not work well (not testing it on myself, got a dodgy ticker), but there's plenty of cheap gear that can be re-purposed for stuff like that.

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

Tachikoma

That swivel camera reminds me of my NEC e313 from 2004!

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

Tachikoma

there is no decent SIM plan in the UK for occasional data on a tablet.

GiffGaff, 500MB for £5/m, you can auto-renew or let it lapse after a month as desired.

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Wanna build a module for Google's Project Ara mix-and-match phone? Here are your specs

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Driver conflicts; coming soon to Android!

Seriously though, I think this is a cool idea, and would love a phone that can just have a CPU module swapped out rather than having to buy a whole new phone every 24 months.

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

Tachikoma

it gives a false sense of security

The lawyers are rubbing their hands in delight at the thought of all the lawsuits.

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'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

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Unhappy

Re: What fools

if you've nothing to hide then nothing to fear

I pity the AI/serf that has to trawl through my inbox, lets have a look:

Firebox spam

Giffgaff spam

Humble Bundle spam

Amazon spam

Sony spam

Ebuyer spam

Amazon spam again

Ebuyer spam again

HMV spam

Lastminute.com spam

Would be nice to have something to at least blush over (other than my taste in books from Amazon) if someone was to intercept it...

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

Tachikoma

homeopathic drug products in liquid, tablet, capsule, ointment, and suppository forms

I always said for all the good they will do you, you might as well shove them up your arse!

The family of an ex of mine were heavily into this garbage, the father had an ingrowing toenail and was "prescribed" homeopathic pills instead of taking his hospital supplied antibiotics after his operation. He nearly ended up hospitalised with a blood infection. The "practitioner" kept flogging them more and more of these tablets, assuring the family they would work. I had to beg them to take him to a real doctor after his toe was about 3x the normal size, weeping stinking puss and he could barely stay conscious.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Tachikoma

I'll be looking to move back to Vodafone when my contract's up with O2.

Yeah my Mrs was with O2 and had nothing but problems.

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I have given up caring about mobile data and see it as this imaginary thing that people talk about but no-one gets to see or use.

Same here, I get on average 8% no signal in the south West, and despite my best efforts, it's impossible for me to burn through my data allowance of 500MB.

Can't wait for my contract to run out so I can get rid of Vodafone.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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An NSA spokeman said the claims were ludicrous and untrue, but requested the paper not to say which country they aren't doing it to

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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

Tachikoma

But then what to expect of a company which...

Dude, you're a barista...

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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For those of us gifted the other way around, can we have all our beard hair transplanted to our shining pate?

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

Tachikoma

Re: WTF

It's like that rotating beam out of Hellraiser, with random body parts and torture tools nailed onto it.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

Tachikoma

Re: Photographs / Recording Video

No, what they are doing is harassment.

http://www.photographersrights.org.uk/page6/page6.html

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Tachikoma

Re: fund it from general taxation

Why should I have to pay more for a TV to subsidise your viewing when I only use my TV to watch dvds and play games? Make it a subscription service and leave the 30% that don't want it in peace.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Re: Humbug

Someone like Samsung makes (IMHO) makes pretty mundane, plastic products

*cough*iPhone 3G*cough*

*cough*iPhone 5c*cough*

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

Tachikoma

Re: I sympathize with the attackers message,

You also forgot about LBE Privacy Guard, and AdAway...

The English Play store version of LBE hasn't been updated since 2012, so your options are either the Chinese version from the Play store or the English hack from XDA. Adaway and AdFree are basically the same so doesn't really matter which you choose as long as the hosts are updated.

ApOps isn't perfect but does a decent job in addition to DroidWall in place of LBE.

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Tachikoma

Re: Third-party ad scumbags

There's a similar thing on Android for download sites (for custom ROMs) where you either get a "download our app" prompt of death, or it automatically downloads an apk for something you declined to download. Sometimes you can end up with multiples from before/after the "click to download", CAPTCHA and "wait 30s to download" page refreshes. Obviously I don't install them, but it's annoying as hell.

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Tachikoma

Re: I sympathize with the attackers message,

But that's assuming the paid-for don't also have this or similar code. Looking at the permissions required by even paid apps, you can see they are asking for things that have no relevance to the apps core functionality.

Droidwall + AdFree + ApOps/permissions revoked is about as good as you are going to get as long as you are happy to root.

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HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

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Re: Wait a minute...

The iWatch was rumoured long before the Samsung watch.

Don't worry, Apple will soon be awarded the patent for "wrist mounted electronic device with integrated screen" and will sue Samsung. And as for those cheeky upstarts Seiko, them releasing a digital watch in 1973 will be proven to have been done by copying Apples "innovative intellectual property"

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

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I would imagine a lot of people are in the same boat as me and waiting for a more significant price drop. It looks a good machine, but Nintendo need to be more innovative with their software, there's only so many ways they can re-re-re-invent Super Mario (as in the sorta 2D version) before people get bored of it.

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Apple files foul-up-fixing patent for fumbling slab-fondling flubbers

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So I guess using your iPad on the train/plane will result in 1 icon on the screen?

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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

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Re: The history of earth according to computer games...

Yeah, Guitaroo Man was far superior.

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