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1032 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Ridley Scott confirmed for Blade Runner pre/sequel

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That'll be why

they've tried and failed to introduce colour and sound every decade for the last fifty years.

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Scientists devise 260GB CD-size glass disc storage tech

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I get your point

but I'm still trying to work out how to label microSD cards.

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Motorola Atrix Lapdock

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For some values of 'idea'

Why not just have a phone/netbook combo that syncs wirelessly and shares a 3g connection. For extra points you could have some sort of remote view into the phone for people who really want to run phone apps on a larger screen. Of course, as pointed out upthread, that makes it pretty much a Foleo. But then the main problem with the Foleo was that it was overpriced and before its time.

Ultimately though, the problem's software not hardware. No amount of messing about with docking arrangements will solve the problem that people now have multiple devices with their data spread across them and no straightforward and non-proprietry method of syncing it all up.

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except that

the Foleo was better designed.

I mean, phone sticking out the back - elegant and functional?

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COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA

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I heard that Vin Diesel

joined Greenpeace. He's now called Vin Photo-Voltaic.

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Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

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But it's a toss off

I mean a toss up, which shiny little sticks gets their owners off the most.

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Chic USB drive leads double life as personal vibrator

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Totally off topic

but I once attended a talk where the presenter discussed with a straight face "entry and exit training for porn performers". Luckily I was at the back because I certainly couldn't keep a straight face.

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Apple changed shape of Galaxy Tab in court filing

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That

is a nice find. Case closed!

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Has Google wasted $12bn on a dud patent poker-chip?

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List of silly numbers

It was probably on Wikipedia along with the list of inherently funny words (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funny_words) but I suspect they were both deleted probably due to el Reg calling Wikipedia silly.

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Lawyer touts new legal time-bomb for Android

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Every manufacturer?

If you look at that list every manufacturer you've ever heard of (with the single exception of Archos) is compliant. The rest are mostly obscure Chinese companies that make tablets and ... tablets. Good luck suing them.

The arguments about license laundering are equally silly: if Google reimplements the functionality of GPL'd code then their code is, unless you can prove direct copying, different code - no licence issues arise. So again - good luck with your lawsuit. You'll be needing it.

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IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'

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If by PC he means

a Microsoft OS running on x86 well, yes there's that. Otherwise - not a chance. If a PC is a personal computer then then they've only just started. Wait for the implanted PC -that's personal by ten. On the other hand (the one not holding the fondle slab) if by PC, he means something with a screen, a keyboard and some sort of pointing device, well, until the aforesaid implants come along they ain't going to be disappearing. So, yes, the IBM PC is dead, long live the PC!

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Neighbours cop an earful from screaming Swedish w*nker

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Call me curious

But why does el Reg need tags for masturbation AND wanking?

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Jeff Bezos patents retro jets, and airbags, for telephones

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Speaking as a former patent examiner

"No". In my time patent applications could be rejected as "not novel" though not, as I recall, by us lowly examiners. This is not novel. It says "let's take an existing technology for impact protection and apply it in an area where, so far, it hasn't been applied". You might as well try patenting bumpers for boats. Of course, if Bezos and Heart had actually discovered some way of overcoming the technical difficulties of transferring the technology to the new context they'd have a basis for a claim, but my admittedly cursory, reading of the application reveals nothing of the sort. It's just <stoner voice> "hey, let's put airbags on phones"</stoner voice>.

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Don't Mars probes

do radio frequency communications? I think NASA may have prior art.

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RunPee

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If you're in Australia

you can use "The Australian National Public Toilet Map". Or more correctly the "Dunny Diviner"*. www.toiletmap.gov.au . Not very mobile-friendly but it does work. For the UK there's: www.looseeker.co.uk. Again, strangely, apparently without a mobile version. I'm not a great fan of the everything as an app paradigm but this could be an exception. At least for the fact that you could have GPeeS integration.

*OK, I just made that up.

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GE brings holographic storage back from the dead

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It appears

that in your eagerness to chant the mantra you've missed the rather obvious point that a RAID array makes a perfectly decent backup target.

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Spanish unfurl Benny 16 banana bog roll

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But they had

at one time at least, some awesome toy boats.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_the_Navigator

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NASA's Juno roars off to Jupiter

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Position it

a few nanometres above one of the rings* and you can read all the Jovian porn.

*yes it does.

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DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks

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It's been said before

but it looks like it needs to be said again: Einstein's involvement in the Manhattan Project began and ended with his signing of a letter to Roosevelt urging the US to build the bomb before Germany did.

Relativity != nuclear physics.

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Shagbook won't take Facebook thrust lying down

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Meanwhile

it appears that Arsebook has returned from the grave.

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London plods raid Wikipedia in counter-anarchist operation

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You're just pised off that

you don't get as much sex as you did back then.

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Beeb rolls out global paid iPlayer app in €urope

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Yes

Damn those socialist Lehman Brothers!

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World first: UK boffins print out working 3D aeroplane

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I'm not an engineer

but I've always thought that adding material in the plane of the stresses increases mass efficiency, which is why plate girders are typically aligned vertically not horizontally.

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Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?

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Spoken

like a true Java user.

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WD launches twin-platter 1TB monster

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Pretty much my point

High densities coupled with large smart caches mean the moderate speed increase you get from spinning faster is becoming increasing irrelevant when balanced against the costs (heat, noise power, $s). I'm getting 140 MB/s from the first 200 GBs of my drive. Even with a 15000 Cheetah Seagate can only promise me 200 MB/s for a puny few hundred gigs at something like 20 times the price per unit capacity of the Baracuda. If I wanted to pay that sort of money I'd go for an SSD.

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Spindle speed

doesn't mean much these days. I have a 2TB Seagate Barracuda that runs at 5900 and yet manages to be the fastest drive I've ever owned. I doubt I'll even consider a 7200 drive from now on.

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Optus turns mobiles into PVRs

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Don't worry

it's plenty enough time to record $#*! My Dad Says.

Cynical?

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Official: Pastafarian strainer titfer is religious headgear

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Nice to see a spellchecker in action

Or it would be.

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And I'm a forker

I believe all true Pastafarians should wear the ceremonial spaghetti fork tucked into their belt at all times.

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Volvo S60 DRIVe

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Dammit, I must be getting old

I just read a Volvo review.

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Microsoft copies Google, kills home energy-meter project

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Sure people have heard of it.

They just couldn't work out how to pronounce it.

Someone at MS was being too clever by half.

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German vulture detective hits turbulence

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You obviously haven't seen

the smart crow video.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=03ykewnc0oE

Now that's a true Sherlock.

They're just using the wrong birds.

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Who'll keep taking Windows Tablets in the iPad era?

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re:re: That's not quite correct

Agreed. Research comes cheap. I can't help suspecting Apple's enthusiasm for the 10" form factor has more to do with the hope that it will supplant the pc as a general purpose home computing device (thus replacing a semi-open platform with one that is as locked down as hell - 30% cut on all web transactions!) and for that 7" just won't cut it.

Sent from my 7" tablet while sitting in a very nice little cafe.

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Midlands council laughs at zombie-apocalypse threat

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This is an interactive post

Please choose a comment:

1: If the population of Leicester were zombified how would anyone tell the difference.

2: If Zombies attacked Leicester they would die for lack of food.

3. Random irrelevant (but quite funny) rant about the Daily Mail.

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Oz alkie gets hammered on hospital hand sanitiser

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Surely you mean Fosters

One thing Australians can agree on when it comes to beer: Fosters = alcoholic hygiene product.

I'd take a crack at VB (Victoria Bitter) since this is Melbourne but my friends tell me it's really quite good. (I don't drink beer myself - not enough caffeine in it.)

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Wikipedia awash in 'frothy by-product' of US sexual politics

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Exactly

And that is about all that needs to be said on the matter. Consider yourself upgraded to version 1.1.

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Twitter cock-up confession deflates Weiner

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Fail indeed

But a win for nominative determinism.

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Australian spectrum plan a win for carriers

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FAIL

Do you really want

emergency services to have to slot into the queue of people ringing to see if uncle Ted is alright - when it's there job to ensure that uncle Ted is alright?

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Mac OS X Lion debuts in July as $29.99 upgrade

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FAIL

Is that

some kind of Steve Job's impression? If so, fail. If not, well, fail.

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FT sticks it to Apple

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Make that a third

AFAIK el Reg hasn't reported on the success or otherwise of that august journal (now that's sarcasm) so I'm left scratching my head.

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Student suspended for posting random satire on YouTube

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Yeah, what is it with these no-talent comedians?

I hear Seinfeld can't even draw stick men. And don't get me started on Lenny Bruce. That guy used to just smear his own shit on the walls.

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RedBubble’s Nazi trouble

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As I was at pains to point out

I don't think all, or even most, of Hipster Hitler works. I certainly wouldn't walk down the street wearing that particular shirt. But though Hipster Hitler is about the Hitler not the Holocaust (the vast majority of items on the site don't reference the Holocaust) not mentioning it would be like talking about Jack the Ripper and neglecting to mention he was a murderer.

And no I'm not trying to defend "a bit of fun at the expense of the victims of the Nazis" What I'm trying to defend is actual free speech not the ersatz kind where you can say anything as long as there's no chance that anyone, anywhere, will ever be upset by it. The simple fact is that you don't know that publishing that shirt comes at "the expense of the victims of the Nazis". How is that supposed to work? It looks to me that the only harm is to your sense of propriety.

You mention the morons on Stormfront. So they like Hipster Hitler. They probably liked the Downfall parodies too. According to Wikipedia the American Nazis Party put Norman Spinrad's Iron Dream on their recommended reading list. Which proves only that fascists tend not to be very bright and don't get satire.

The problem is, your approach inevitably leads to a fear of discussing sensitive issues lest someone misunderstands and responds in the wrong way. And that way lies fascism by stealth.

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Seriously

none of "this stuff" is "parodying the holocaust". It's parodying Hitler, something that has a long and honourable tradition dating back to at least Chaplain's Great Dictator in 1940. (Actually a lot longer - there was a strong tradition of political cartooning in Germany in the 20s.)

As for David Duke, well that's the thing about free speech - it's always going to apply to people you don't agree with and that includes people you regard as outright evil. But, like democracy, it's the worst of the alternatives except for all the others. Incidentally while I don't find Hipster Hitler particularly funny or particularly effective satire a similar principle applies - genuine free speech is inevitably going to include things you regard as low quality or unsuccessful. freedom is the freedom to fail.

You find this stuff sickening and really off. I feel the same when I see a t-shirt with a picture of Mao (a man who killed millions more people than Hitler and managed to die in power thus making Hitler look like a rank amateur). And ironically that's the point of the parody which seems to have gone whizzing over your head.

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WW2 naval dazzle-camo 'could beat Taliban RPGs'

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Congratulations

You've just invented active camouflage or at least one version of it. (Other versions include Lewis' beloved invisible sheds .) Better give DARPA a call.

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Verity Stob and the super subjunction

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What?

English is only at 3.31. If Linux can get to 3.0 after just twenty years I would expect English with a thousand years under its belt to do a bit better than that. Admittedly, it took several hundred years for Shakespeare to single-handedly bring it up to 1.0 standard but then he only had a quill and assorted pieces of parchment - haven't things sped up a little since then.

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More downvotes

than there are comments in the thread is certainly an impressive achievement.

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Wake up, Linux hippies: No one 'morally obligated' to give back

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FAIL

Philosopy fail

As was pointed out upthread

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If you think open source is a gift

you don't understand open source. Also your understanding of the logic of gift giving is a little shaky. I'm guessing you're not very popular at Christmas.

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Much better wireless power transmission possible - boffins

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Wow

The equivalent of almost 4000 bar radiators. That's sure to melt the glaciers!

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