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1062 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Glow-in-the-dark kittens to help produce cure for AIDS

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I suspect

they didn't need the glow-in-the-dark gene for 'tracking' - they were just after the free publicity.

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Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'

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Defacing a web site

is no more terrorism than teaching children that they'll burn in hell if they think "bad" thoughts.

Oh wait. I think I'll need to adjust my analogy.

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

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I've said it before

But obviously someone who has just piloted a spacecraft across 300000 km of space and put it down safely at the designated landing site wouldn't have the technical ability to take an in-focus and properly-framed photograph.

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Obviously fake

Where's Harold Holt?

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

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E-cars: unaffordable until 2030 (or later)

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I smell FUD

Anyone claiming to be able to make quantitative predictions about technology 20 years into the future is talking through their arse.

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Boffin melds quantum processor with quantum RAM

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As I understand it

that the problem with quantum computers - you get the right answer(s) along with the all the wrong ones, hence the need for a secondary non-quantum computer to sort it all out.

No joke.

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Sony Tablet P in pictures

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This will be a great idea

once they find a flexible screen to put on it.

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You like Flash, you like cache: Put 'em together to form ...

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Only if you're turning Japanese

Mine's the one with the early eighties compilation CD in the pocket.

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Father of Java abandons Google for floating robot cloud

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"unmanned ocean-going robots"

Wouldn't a "manned" robot be a sexbot?

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

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Every Smartphone

is a colour Palm Pilot. We're just arguing about size.

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Samsung 'mulls bid for' HP's orphaned webOS

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Don't worry

Everyone else forgets about Windows Mobile as well.

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Samsung unveils 20Mp EVIL shooter

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Bright Sunshine will be no problem

I'm sure they'll come with a large black blanket like a nineteenth century view camera.

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Sony to ship VR-style 3D headset in November

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I reckon

most buyers won't pay the equivalent of $600.

Maybe they could try $99 in six month's time.

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Toshiba launches thick Thrive tablet in Europe

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I'm tired of these slabs

Wake me up when someone makes a PADD.

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World ostracizes firm that issued bogus Google credential

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re:RE "Who would want to target Iranians?

So you're suggesting that the Iranian Government uses Gmail and Google Docs to do it's secret business. Seriously, even if they did, the CIA, NSA, whatever must have a dozen more effective and less clumsy (meaning you will never find out about them) methods to snatch the information.

And yes, the Iranian Government certainly does monitor it's own networks. But here's the thing: the Iranian opposition movement contains some very smart people and there are a lot of them. The Ayatollahs' boys aren't fully in control and they know it. This is just the sort of stunt they are likley to try.

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Who would want to target Iranians?

The Iranian Government, perhaps.

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Biofuel boffins pimp panda poo

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Correction

That'll be 20 thousand cubic kilometers (ATW). Not that any of the cleanup workers cared after they'd got through the first few litres. Most successful disaster cover-up in Soviet history that was.

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Yep,

Can't have a repeat of the time that brewer's yeast escaped and turned Lake Baikal into 20 million cubic kilometers of alcohol.

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What vegetables are best for growing in Spaaace?

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Shit,

I think you've you forgotten something.

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Ten... budget Android tablets

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The answer as others have indicated

is Slatedroid. Porting Debian to tablets is an official sport over there.

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Brit men descend from mammoth hunters, not farmers

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You have to admit

jumping up and down like an idiot in front of a herd of mammoths in the hope that they will all pile over a cliff is a pretty sexy line of work - on a par with being James Bond I'd think.

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Nervous Samsung seeks Android Plan F. Or G, H ....

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It's compulsory

It saves confusion.

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'The most ambitious project at eBay for a long, long time'

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And a good thing too

If I've gone to the trouble of constructing a query to specify the results I'm looking for, I don't want the search engine second guessing me.

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Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

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Subtle?

Not in Australia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW9YHaGPI1s

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That reminds me

of an episode of Lois and Clark where some shyster acquired super powers and began advertising his services by means of crappy commercial on late night TV.

As Supes had to point out to him, that's not how it's done.

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ARM vet: The CPU's future is threatened

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Telephonic diarrhea?

A letter ->k

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Insulin pump attack prompts call for federal probe

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Never say anything different?

How about: we are take our customers safety seriously and purely as a precautionary measure have initiated a review of the security of our products.

Protecting your legal arse doesn't actually require sounding like a couldn't-care-less jerk.

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Ten... outdoor gadgets

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The Real World

Invented so geeks could have somewhere to use GPS.

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Sony: PlayStation Vita will win gamers back from tablets, phones

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It's not just

"the more adventurous games". I haven't played a decent game of Tetris since everything went touchscreen.

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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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