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1019 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

End of the line for mechanical typewriters

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Since it's Silicon Heaven

I'm afraid the lowly mechanicals are banned

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Japanese gov makes Fukushima evac zone compulsory

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Well that's him outed, then

A "renowned" nuclear engineer worked as a nuclear engineer, on major nuclear engineering projects. Who'd have thought it.

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Facebook forced to reinstate snogging men pic

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I want to change my user name

to Baldrick's Left Testicle.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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ODFO

FTW

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Get rid of Paris?

Just when the joke was becoming funny again?

What am I talking about. The Paris joke is always funny.

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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy look-and-feel

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Look, it's a rip-off

But that's not and has never been the point.

Generally a creative person, an artist or designer or novelist or whatever, tries to be creative. That's what adds value and wins awards. Generally, however, they fail. As a consequence they fail in the marketplace. We don't however punish then with the threat of an IP lawsuit. If we did, then for example, Tolkien's estate would be rolling in the proceeds of lawsuits against about 90% of 20th Century fantasy authors.

Of course, in this case, Samsung hasn't tried to be creative, or rather they have deliberately decided not to be. For that the market should punish them. (Hell, I'd be embarrassed enough to be seen to be a fanboi, but a fake fanboi?) If this lawsuit succeeded it would set a disastrous precedent. Which is why it won't. Originality is simple the price we pay for originality and even the law knows it.

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Sex harassment case hits IBM Australia

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From the linked story

"A FORMER female executive is suing a major Melbourne company for $1.1 million after it allegedly failed to act on her repeated complaints of serious sexual harassment."

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Google plans cheapo YouTube programs

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That'd be right

According to the link the Netflix deal was for the entire series - something like 50 hours of programming. Now that actually sounds rather expensive for repeats but it was a flagship deal. For more ordinary programming $100 million buys you a lot of content.

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Open source .NET mimic lands on Android

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So you think

Richard Stallman really is a ninja*. Look, I'm no fan of RMS. Sometimes I agree with him. More than often I think he's several kinds of wrong. But he's earned the right to be listened too. If you think he's wrong by all means say so, but then, the onus is on you to support your position, which I don't see you doing.

For the record I think he's pretty much right here - trusting MS to behave in an even moderately altruistic manner is a mug's game.

*Inevitable XKCD reference. Number 225 to be precise.

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Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who

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I'd prefer

what happened last week to have happened a billion years ago and half a universe away. When you can go anywhere and tell any story story arcs become an encumbrance and a contrivance. Continuity's fine - the show's always has that - but lately it's become a fetish that's getting in the way of good storytelling.

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Australia, give up your fixed broadband!

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Spot on

Anyone who clams that that any wireless technology present or future could be a replacement for fibre automatically identifies themself as someone who deserves to be summarily ignored on the subject.

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Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies

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Bite your head off

That's the legal (and just) punishment for spelling 'Qantas' with a 'u'.

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Zomm wireless leash

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Same here

I was expecting a BOFH-approved zapper system. So many creative uses there.

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Not quite £20 but close

http://cgi.ebay.com/LCD-Bluetooth-Vibrate-Alert-Bracelet-Mobile-phone-B01-/250725769774?pt=UK_Mobile_Home_Phones_Bluetooth_Acc_ET&hash=item3a606ba22e

Never underestimate the Chinese.

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Radioactive Tokyo tapwater HARMS BABIES ... if drunk for a year

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When nuclear energy goes wrong it goes so very very wrong

That's exactly what has just been disproved.

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Would that be all right then ?

Yes, it's a safe limit. As long as you're under the limit you're safe.

Do you throw out your food the day before the use by date?

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Lindsay Lohan ditches her surname

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That's only the second biggest

The biggest: Oprah, Beyonce, Lindsay. One of these names is not like the other.

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The Weinsteins go geeky

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Scary Game

Can't wait. </sarcasm>

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120 Underground Wi-Fi hotspots will erupt in 2012

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Fear not

in the absence of VOIP, the only way you'll be hearing your neighbour's conversations is if you lean over their shoulder and read them yourself. And then you'll get both sides. Or if someone in the carriage talks to someone else in the carriage. Never been on the Underground - is that verboten?

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Asus prices up netbook-convertible Android tablet

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Nice try

but without a full set of ports on the keyboard section and pc compatiblity it fails at being a netbook replacement. That and the price.

C- Asus, we know you can do better.

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Landlocked Bolivia seeks legal route to Pacific

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Easy

Just call Fitzcarraldo - has to be easier on the way down.

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Spurned nonagenarian lets rip with semi-automatic

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Don't you mean Nonageddon

no need to be sexist.

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Woman fingers ex in 15-foot strip pole theft mystery

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Face it, Graham

If your storeroom was robbed it'd be in bootnotes the next day.

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Boffins build copper-crunching laptop cooler

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"The heat causes the water to shift from a liquid to a gas"

Interesting - someone should coin a word for that process.

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Surfing while driving – that's multitasking

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Run!

This truly scares the shit out of me.

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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Don't diss

Pastyfarianism!

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German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP

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Otherwise known as

I can't get on der internet* - there's no blue 'e'.

*or das elektronischübahn or whatever.

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Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising

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"Not going to go away"

They said that about Myspace.

And probably about Geocities.

And probably about the Roman Empire etc. etc. etc.

Facebook will "go away" when people get tired of it and decide they like something else better.

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Battlestar Galactica vets needed for online roleplay

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True to the show?

I didn't watch it much but I'm pretty sure Adama wasn't made out of bronze.

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Wrinkle-faced smartphoners demand 'BlackBerry Botox'

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Just as well

with an SE they wouldn't even let you in the front door.

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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Yes, of course that's what they are 'saying'

What there saying, however, may be a little different.

I suspect the author's reading skills are a little better than yours.

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Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

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re:XKCD!

Please: Gary Larson had about three jokes* recycled endlessly. Randall Monroe on the other hand manages to think up at least three new jokes each week.

*Wouldn't it be funny if animals were doing this,wouldn't it be funny if cavemen were doing this and the other one.

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NOVA 2 for iOS

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You're not the only one

to be reminded of Quake 2. That badly cooked lasagne lava looks very familiar.

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Beeb say sorry for Stephen Fry A-bomb quip

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Or, indeed, the luckiest

because, presumably, having chosen to marry Julie Burchill would mean you were some weird kind of masochist able to find pleasure in just about anything.

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Shhhh

Whatever you do please don't tell anyone about this: http://www.cracked.com/article_17416_the-7-most-bizarrely-unlucky-people-who-ever-lived.html

If it gets out the author will spend the rest of his life apologising.

Stupid complaint. Stupid apology.

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Beeb gets the measure of the London Eye

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Yep

last time I used a phonebook was to replace a broken castor on a swivel chair. Tough buggers but unfortunately not much good against sheer forces.

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NASA 'naut falls off bike, misses shuttle launch

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Falling

is what astronauts do best.

The trick is , of course, to miss the ground.

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Brazilian cult condemns USB

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Oh Please

If I use Google I will find a thousand different brands of lunacy - you need to specify which one you're selling.

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'NBN is like a bathroom' says opposition, BCA agrees

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I'll agree to your comparison

the day I get the chance to vote the chairman of Telstra* out of office.

*for non Australian readers replace with the name of your least favourite company.

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Volvo demos automobile auto-pilot tech

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Not here in Oz

We can multi-task!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/09/drug_runner_jailed/ for those who came in late.

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Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

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Oddly enough, Tim

there are "asinine" people who do just that. Not the rental bit, of course, since you're not likely to find one at your local Hertz but a small genset trailer kept in the back or the garage makes a lot of sense.

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Social media and Queensland's floods: some fail, some win

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Exactly

You write a cheque, you make a press release, your donation appears in the published list. Corollary: you earn goodwill or rather that goodwill is freely given in return. If on the other hand you make your generosity a part of a marketing scheme people will perceive your efforts as manipulative and in the context of a situation of ongoing death and suffering that clearly crosses a line.

So there's really no mysterious hidden rules - just common sense and a bit of basic human sensitivity.

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$1,000 reward offered for stolen cancer research laptop

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Except

she's not, conversely, a flower arranger; she's a scientist and the computer is a tool of her trade. Now, I don't want to be too hard on her individually - It's easy enough to treat backups as "not a priority" - but I seriously wonder at the institutional culture that allows this sort of thing to happen.

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US air force has new scramjet hypersonic plane plans

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I think you'll find Lewis' official reaction to the J-20 is

Ho-hum.

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Google founder sinks $45m in toy boat

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Probably

a bit too much glass for a destroyer. (Unless there's a conning tower hidden away in there somewhere.) I was thinking more along the lines of lighthouse resupply vessel. Definitely will not be appearing in the next Bond flick.

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NASA taps Unisys for flight sim mission

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And one has suceeded

Already been done.

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

OK, not strictly open source, but hell, this is a highly realistic simulator that is the work of one man. Imagine what a open source project could do.

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Arcam Solo rDac wireless digital-to-analogue converter

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Methinks

we need a sarcasm icon.

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From the second link

"extremely precise dacs can be very unforgiving and too-controlled sounding, while other dacs can be extremely musical."

<sarcasm>Yeah, and my arse can be extremely musical too.</sarcasm>

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Swedish Pirate Party leader quits due to boredom

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People

still read "Dilbert?

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WTF?

Does she have hairy feet or something?

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