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Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico

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Re: Yes, yes, but

1. The NASA Deep Space Network is a ground-based communications network for communicating with satellites and spacecraft, not "hardware in space".

2. The Iridium satellites remained operational when the company went into Chapter 11; they weren't in some dormant state waiting for someone to come along with the right keys to wake them up.

3. Just about the only part of the US military that doesn't use Iridium is the nuclear submarine fleet; at the frequencies and power levels Iridium uses you can barely use it through a glass window, let alone underwater.

4. Along with the satellites comes the obligation to safely deorbit them at the end off their lives. You might need to stake rather more than $10m to persuade anyone that you could do that.

Other than that, great post, very informative.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Cancelled after 1 series

The problem being that the interesting singular premise that can make for a great novel, or hold up for 90 minutes to make an engaging film, just gets recycled over and over and over and over again in a TV series, until after 26 episodes anybody with a brain is bored shitless with it.

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Re: About what it's worth...

"The 6s will get my money because I want want, and I want the best one."

You want, want, want and are determined to splurge your cash, without even knowing what it is? Jeez, I'm in the wrong business...

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

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Re: its production line isn't

If you'd bothered to read the linked article, you'd know that it doesn't say that it's an "Apple production line" - that's just shorthand used in the Reg article.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Should dimwits be allowed to vote?

Yes, it could be simpler. Yes, they could stop asking you to opt out every year and remember your choice. No, I can't think of any valid reason for the edited electoral roll to be sold in the first place. But come on, it's not that complicated a form, or difficult to find the opt-out box. If people are too dim to work that out, or can't be bothered to read the form they're signing, then should anyone take any notice of where they eventually end up scrawling a cross come election time?

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

Doesn't your smoke alarm have an audible and visual battery condition warning built in, like all the ones I've ever bought? Do you never use that test button either? Perhaps you've been pinching pennies on the smoke alarms you buy.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Then you have to ask why do they list the crippled Truecrypt 7.2 version as the latest, rather than the fully-featured (and still being audited) 7.1a? Doesn't give me a lot of confidence in their checking process.

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Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

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Didn't take a lot of special cooperation - cancel his tourist visa, suddenly he's an American illegal immigrant and the Nepalese can just put him on the first plane back to the US. Which presumably was by coincidence the same one an FBI agent was returning home on...

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: Public money

You think it's any different in large private sector corporations? It isn't - back-stabbing executive shits abound there too.

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Re: Gartner says...

The problem here is that Gartner produces 'opinions,' not something more official. This has been challenged in court and it was upheld:

According to the Wikipedia page you linked to, the court dismissed the claim due to lack of a specific complaint. Gartner's First Amendment "pure opinion" argument never got to be tested in court, let alone upheld.

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Do Apple lawyers have a sense of decency?

The most surprising thing about this is that Apple's lawyers haven't slapped him with an injunction to prevent him from exploiting their intellectual rights in the t-shirt and business card, not to mention them doubtless considering that it's all still Apple's property.

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DON'T PANIC! Satellite comms hacking won't be able to crash an aircraft

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Re: VHF?

You don't think the pilots, or approach radar, might notice the aircraft's not where they were expecting it to be and mention it to someone?

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Flying United Airlines? If you could just scan your passport with your phone, that'd be great

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Re: Why not

Perhaps you've never looked at the range of (visible, never mind hidden) security features in a modern passport? They're a bit more thorough than checking that you can type "passw0rd123" correctly.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Unfounded concerns

These are basically the same concerns that have been trotted out wherever chip & pin has been rolled out - and the forecast catastrophe has never happened. The weaknesses in the technology have proved to be pretty trivial compared with the hopeless lack of security inherent in the old mag stripe/signature system (particularly since experience shows the signature is never really checked), and the extortion of PINs at knife/gunpoint is rare as hens teeth. In fact most of the remaining card theft fraud we have this side of the Atlantic is actually as a result of stolen European cards still being usable in places like the USA. Come on America, we did the experiment a decade ago - just get on with it!

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Cracker takes control of 200 rooms in Chinese hotel

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Re: An interesting application

If you opened my blinds while I was parading around my room in the buff you might wish you hadn't...

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Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

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Re: Um...

Am I missing something here?

Everything after those final opening quotation marks?

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Target tosses US$148m onto data breach barbecue

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Is that all?

That's only $3.50 a card, so this must surely be addition to some much larger provision they've previously made? If they just had to settle with the card issuers for the cost of cancelling and replacing cards it would come to a hell of a lot more than that, then there's free credit monitoring for their customers. And that's without having to compensate any victims of fraud resulting from the breach, or the inevitable class action suit over all the stress and worry. They're in for more of a reaming than $148m.

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 275% hike in mobile spectrum fees

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The "we" who could be taken to "own" the spectrum (all of us) aren't the same as the "we" who use their mobiles incessantly and would therefore be expected to bear the brunt of any price increases (a much smaller number), nor the "we" who only have a mobile for occasional social or possible emergency use and would therefore probably think that those who use the spectrum most should pay most for it (a surprisingly large number). Mobile use still isn't a universally used utility like water.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Confused "bacon"

Uncured "bacon" is... pork! In fact this product is cured, note the sea salt in the ingredients. And since the point of using sea salt for curing is that it has naturally occurring nitrates in it, amongst other things, the claim that there are no preservatives is a bit dubious. And of course smoking is a preserving technique in itself, that will add all kinds of compounds to the meat. Presumably all this confusion is meant to make it more acceptable to the fitness nuts who'll be buying it.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Really?

So merchants having shelled out to put relatively simple NFC contactless readers into POS card readers, and card issuers putting the capability into virtually every new card issued in the past couple of years, and yet still hardly anybody making contactless payments, they're all going to spin the hamster wheel again so that iPhone users can feel cool and not have to locate their payment card? All this shows is that marketeers are predominantly fanbois who think the solution to anything is an iDevice.

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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None of Amazon's business

"While we believe 35% should go to the author and 35% to Hachette, the way this would actually work is that we would send 70% of the total revenue to Hachette, and they would decide how much to share with the author," Amazon said. "We believe Hachette is sharing too small a portion with the author today, but ultimately that is not our call."

Actually, Amazon, none of that is your call other than how you set your own price.

Here's a revolutionary retail idea: the publisher does a deal with its author, then you do a deal with the publisher for buying their products off them. If you don't think you can make a profit, then don't buy the books (e-books or otherwise); otherwise charge whatever you feel is right for you. That's how it works in other retail businesses. All this caring about e-book customers and authors is BS; you seem to be quite happy for counterfeit goods to be sold through your platform, since they continue to be sold even after conned customers flag it up in reviews, and I have no doubt that you screw suppliers on price as hard as you can like any other retailer. So less of the self-serving BS, please.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Re: As others here have said

Your battery will thank you, and you'll have a hell of a lot more storage available, too. I mean, over 23Mb for the app, and 13Mb just for a damn messenger? And then take a look at the enormous amount of cache the apps use after that. Just how do they write such bloated code?

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Re: Too much change

I think you should tell us which browser you used to make that post - I for one would like to avoid it, as it seems to lack any proof-reading tools whatsoever.

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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Fairly pointless

The "we have removed x result(s)" serves as a handy prompt to try the search term again in the alternative search engine of your choice, which of course in this case reveals the supposedly offending links in all their glory. Something of a waste of time concentrating just on Google, then.

While it's tempting to relish the schadenfreude of Americans being on the receiving effect of grandiose extra-territorial orders for a change, if this habit spreads it could be very damaging for the rest of us. Search engines (and Google in particular) are being singled out because it's an apparently easy fix, rather than try to remove the actual material linked to or take action against the firm in their own jurisdiction. Dragging Google into it makes no more sense than globally ordering newspapers or journals not to carry their adverts, or parcel services not to ship the goods, etc.

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SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

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To be fair, Gerrard's back header to Suarez was an amazing example of receiving the ball, control, passing and pass completion. Or would have been, if they were both playing for Liverpool, rather than England and Uruguay.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Not sure about this

I have a nagging doubt about confident assertions of planets' suitability to support life that seem to be based on the assumption that if a planet doesn't have an environment that behaves in just the same way as Earth's then it can't support life, because life as we understand it on Earth requires that environment. Even here there are examples of life existing in similarly "impossible" places, like deep sea vents. I very much doubt that there's a unique chemistry necessary for life to evolve.

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Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

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Re: everybody wants a faster Web, but everybody wants to stick with the formats they're using now.

Right now I'm reading this sans ads using Firefox on a Nexus tablet. With Adblock Plus.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Conspicuous consumption at it's worst

You don't need to be a sandal-shod lentil-muncher to think that this looks like a special way of achieving the improbable end result of doubling the environmental impact of oil - once through extracting and burning the stuff, and then again through squandering the profits on pointless vanity projects.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Solid as a rock

Jettison a solid rocket booster while it's still firing? Good luck with that...

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Of course Google (or any other serach engine) will react this way

The value to a search engine of keeping any random link indexed is essentially zero. The cost of going through some consultation/appeal process with the original publisher, or referring it to the ICO, is significant in manhour terms alone. Why on earth would any rational search provider expend resources pondering the public interest and it's balance with privacy rights? They won't, they'll just delist the link.

Incidentally the same dilemma confronts every blog, forum, or similar publisher - it simply isn't worth the effort to dispute anything other than the most egregious cases of abuse of any "right to be forgotten".

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Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

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So?

How does this protect data from the NSA et al, once it resides on Microsoft servers?

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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Since Apple never license their crap patents...

...that presumably means I'll never be bothered by such scummy, intrusive and totally unwanted ads on Android or other non-Apple devices? Excellent!

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Depending on the pricing, it could also benefit the operators who've invested in better coverage. If they got 90% of the value from a roaming call, say, then having other operators' customers using these low-utilisation parts of their network would actually reward them for the investment they've made.

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Re: Nightmare

Because when the networks were being set up coverage was one of their major differentiators. One2One essentially tried cherry-picking major conurbations and transport routes, but eventually had to roll our national coverage to a similar level to the other three. Now that they all have similar coverage they have been consolidating their infrastructure, so there are only two organisations operating cell sites now, MBNL (3UK and EE) and Cornerstone (Vodafone and O2). MBNL is the more integrated of the two, but if Call Me Dave shows some perseverance and actually pushes on with his knee-jerk plan then he'll probably find that the effect is a lot less than he imagines in his simplistic little mind.

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Broadband bumpkin BONANZA: 8 altnets shortlisted for £10m UK.gov subsidy

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Hard-to-reach?

Apart from (maybe) the Highlands & Islands, there really isn't any part of our small, overpopulated islands that's truly hard-to-reach by international standards. Can't-be-bothered-to-reach is more like it.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Re: Spanish selection

Perhaps Call Me Dave could give them a ring and ask them to add England to their block? With an election coming up soon he could probably do with something to lift the country's spirits. Or to avoid cheering up the Scots too much just before their referendum.

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

From the analysis linked to at the end of the article:

[75] The inadequacy of this approach in the present matter is heightened by Google’s removal of specific URLs from only those searches initiated through Google.ca – a fact that came to the plaintiffs’ attention only after cross-examining Mr. Smith on his affidavit on May 21, 2013. As a result, the defendants’ blocked websites appear when searches are conducted from any country other than Canada, or when a search is conducted within Canada using a Google website other than www.google.ca.

[76] The majority of GW1000 sales occur outside Canada. Thus, quite apart from the practical problem of endless website iterations, the option Google proposes is not equivalent to the order now sought which would compel Google to remove the defendants’ websites from all search results generated by any of Google’s websites worldwide. I therefore conclude that the plaintiffs do not have an out of court remedy available to them.

So it is global de-indexing, not just on google.ca (or even just in Canada).

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Be careful what you wish for

It's all very well gloating over Google being forced to de-index websites when it's over something we can (almost, probably) all agree with, but this kind of extra-territorial order has the potential to cause enormous damage. How happy would El Reg be if a nice compliant court somewhere like Liberia, say, was persuaded to make an order to get it de-indexed worldwide for some supposed infringement? It's not just Google that's going to be placed in an impossible situation if this takes off.

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Google will 'pre-select' an 'independent' competition inspector in EU search case

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Good

"In other words, a "use Google.com" button will remain at the bottom of the search engine's page once any such settlement with Almunia is in place"

I, for one, don't want to be compelled to see results from third-rate alternatives such as Foundnowt and Tepid Maps in place of the better ones I see at present.

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Student promises Java key to unlock Simplocker ransomware

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Re: "even an undergrad can crack it"

Surely the whole point of being an undergraduate is that you're there to learn? If you were already an expert then you'd be wasting the money on the course!

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: On Street Parking

An electric car that had free parking (in London), free charging, and could use bus lanes would work for me as a daily driver / snotter to get me to work. At £30k, it'd only need to work for 5 years to beat the train on price. I'd still keep my petrol cars for longer trips / fun (a mans gotta have a hobby), and have the eleccy car in addition.

So as long as you get everything for free, without any of the restrictions imposed on other equivalent personal transport, then it "works" for you? Well, I'm sure it does...

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Is this a belated April 1st item?

It's an "Oyster card" that will work across any transport system: AKA a pay-by-wave credit/debit card.

They're "tracking brand sentiment": AKA conducting surveys/opinion polls.

If I didn't know better I'd think that someone at El Reg is taking the piss here, on the feeble pretext of it being Friday 13th.

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Hacker claims PayPal loophole generates FREE MONEY

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Big deal

You could pull off essentially the same stunt with a limited company in place of the seller account and using credit cards for the "purchase", or in fact any arrangement that doesn't have some form of withholding to back a payment protection scheme. This isn't a bug, it's a risk of doing business for payment platforms.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Re: This is nice but

From the article it sounds like this is an attempt to enlist other companies into developing a market that currently isn't really going anywhere, and that as soon as any serious competitor arrives to threaten Tesla it'll be back to business as usual for them - which means paying for licences at best, being blocked from using the patents at worst. Any manufacturer would need a hell of a lot more certainty than a vague "good faith" criterion for not being sued before they committed to developing products that infringe extant Tesla patents.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Black cabs cause horrendous jams in central London

98% of the UK population doesn't notice and isn't inconvenienced in the slightest, and instead spends its time downloading the handy-looking Uber app thingy they've just heard about for use next time they venture into that hell-hole.

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Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

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Re: Commentard Fail

"Interesting no-one mentions that Google have being doing exactly the same as Apple on android for years.

The stock keyboard on my Nexus 5 does Swype style typing out of the box"

The difference being that Google has always allowed the likes of Swype in its store, even when their own stock keyboard was nowhere near as good, whereas Apple has banned them until its own product could match their functionality.

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

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Still waiting to see where the power's coming from

In a country not even building enough electricity generation capacity to keep the lights on, where's all the power going to come from, exactly? I'm all in favour of transitioning to electricity for transport, but there needs to be some really, really serious generating infrastructure put in place to enable this to be more than a rich man's hobby. And that doesn't mean sprinkling "Superchargers" about the place.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Lowering the bar, surely?

I don't think the point of the Turing test was really to reduce the scope of the conversation to the point where the AI could be convincing; if it was then someone could have claimed the "every bit as convincing as a 1 year-old" victory decades ago.

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Strategy Boutique ultimate 'tech'-gasm: 3D printer drone GoPro vid stream QR code

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Do some Commentards not get the joke?

Some of the comments here are either incredibly deadpan, or they've completely failed to grasp that this video is a joke taking the piss out of the advertising industry. No, it doesn't have anything (directly) to do with creative fields; it's intended to be a bit of humorous viral marketing. I can't believe something so obvious needs pointing out...

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: Took ages to convince my parents...

"an electronic engineering degree was not a qualification for fixing Christmas tree lights"

I think you'll find that it is, in the same way that a brain surgeon is qualified to remove a splinter. :)

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