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1021 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Firefox ahead of IE in Europe, boosted by Chrome effect

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Magnetised needle

FTW

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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Why wouldn't they

Anything to save a few bucks.

On a less cynical note I was glad to see that my Pixi came with a micro USB cable, a tiny mains charger, and nothing else. If I want Useless junk I can buy it later on eBay.

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Intel unveils itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny SSDs

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I don't think it's sata

the pins are all the same length. It looks suspiciously lke the ssd in my netbook - sata in a mini pcie physical connector - but if Intel has any sense it will be real pcie.

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English Defence League membership list stolen

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You could do worse than look at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kstH-8jwa80 (Dalai Lama vs the Pope by John Safran for those who've already seen it) before deciding that the Dalai Lama is left wing.

@ Chris Miller - Pseudo-hereditary aristocratic seems about right. I've long thought of the Dalai Lama as a sort of Tibetan Price Charles - well intentioned but in way over his head and sinking deeper because no one dares tell him his ideas are a mish-mash of half-thought out wishful thinking.

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Catfish: A fanfare for Facebook fakery

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Well I believe there's a good one

called "How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away" but I doubt you'd be interested in that either.

The subject may be 'bollocks' but that says nothing about the quality of the film.

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Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

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Agreed

Someone should make a film about Elron's naval career - It would make McHales Navy look like Das Boot.

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Miscavige

described Anonymous as a group of "mask-wearing subversive and anarchistic internet denizens"

Meanwhile

Anonymous described Anonymous as a group of "mask-wearing subversive and anarchistic internet denizens and totally not a bunch script kiddies with no social skills and delusions of importance yeah that dude".

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'London black cabs to go electric in 2 weeks' – Boris Guardian

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Yes it is

Just with extra obfuscation (and possibly self-deception).

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David Attenborough dino doc shows limits of 3D TV

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They just increase the camera separation

Of course that makes everything look like toys - and a ten inch tyrannosaurus, for example ,isn't exactly scary - but, hey, you can't have everything.

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US Army 'to issue every soldier with a smartphone'

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Don't know about "Trios"

but everyone in the US Ballet Force should definitely be issued with a Pixi.

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Naked cemetery man was simply photographing orbs

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Indecent time exposure?

- considering it was after dark.

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Primary school miss flashes porn vid at kiddies

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Either that

or someone who knows what Poe's law* is. I hate the joke icon but some times it's needed

*strictly Poe's corollary: if the parody is indistinguishable from the real thing then the real thing is indistinguishable from the parody.

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Joke

Actually it was a matter of size

VHS tapes were longer than Beta's so nothing at all to do with porn!

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World of diamonds bigger than the Ritz discovered

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Don't

Even as we speak an invitation is on its way to the Waspians to join the cartel. If you've got diamonds De Beers will assimilate you.

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Herts cops 'ate the evidence' at scene of crime, court told

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A perfectly good pizza?

I thought w'ed established it was a Domino's.

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'Looking and acting like an employee' didn't make him one

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Exactly

And well and truly hoisted by it as well.

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Apple throws a wobbly over Steve Jobs dolly

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I'd prefer

the USB connected Steve Balmer with patented chair flinging action. It'd beat the pants off those wimpy missile lauchers.

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Plasma space-drive aces efficiency numbers: Set for ISS in 2014

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Re: But

Unfortunately you're ignoring the fact that your craft and both planets are in orbit about the Sun. Doing a reverse slingshot (which is what Frumious Bandersnatch is suggesting) involves making use of the relative velocities of the interacting bodies in creative ways. In the situation you're describing the craft will always gain velocity as it approaches its destination - size notwithstanding.

Paris, because she's being known to make creative use of relative velocities.

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MS drops drive pooling from Windows Home Server

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Scary

Not only is there no replication but if one drive goes MIA it takes all your data with it. Maybe bearable for systems used purely for backup but the point of WHS is supposed to be that it's much more flexible than that.

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I'll take

Linux 0.6 over Microsoft 1.0 any day. We all know MS doesn't even get into the game until version 3.

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Now Oz to ban online cigarette ads

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Yea, because prohibition always work

Banning ads, on the other hand, I have no problem with.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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Seconded

And yes Minecraft isn't the answer. From the videos I've seen Rome is beautifully rendered in the game and I'd love to experience it first hand but I have zero interest in stabbing people in the neck. Now, I'm not asking for a renaissance version of bus simulator but this is a game with Leonardo in it - I don't recall Captain Janeway stabbing anyone when she met him on the holodeck.

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Asus sidesteps tablets, debuts e-reader-cum-jotter

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If you going to go LCD

why restrict yourself to grayscale? I've been waiting for Asus to do a decent portable tablet device but without colour this ain't it.

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DARPA: Hypersonic strato-ship crackup was no biggie

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The Buran flight

was fully automated from liftoff to touchdown - a great technological achievement at the time. The problem DARPA is trying to crack here is not autonomous control during re-entry but any sort of control at re-entry velocities. The Shuttle and Buran may have been splaceplanes but their mode of re-entry was fundamentally ballistic - bottom (heatshield) first. As far as I understand it this thing is designed to actually fly into the atmosphere the way God and Captain Kirk meant it to be.

Paris because I said 're-enty'.

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Kinect hacked for OS X

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Logic Fail

Development costs are sunk costs - having paid for the development it's in Microsoft's interest to ship as many units as possible given that they get a good part of £95 every time they sell one.

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Samsung's Android tablet: split and eviscerated

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Real mean have real pockets

And women have handbags

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It's worse than that

Squeezing too many pixels into a tiny sensor is just asking to ramp up the noise.

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Opera feted for playing chicken with Steve Jobs

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Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes

You have seen the Internet, haven't you?

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'Hippy' energy kingpin's electric Noddy-car in epic FAIL

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Plastic -

the way nature intended oil to be used.

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First tube station to get Wi-Fi next week

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Exactly

I need to travel. I need to check my email. Might as well do both at once. The in-station thing, however, makes no sense.

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Mozilla brews Firefox add-on for audio-video recording

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Better still

Make it compulsory that all built-in webcams have a sliding cover (or an activity light). Though please not one of those annoying mechanical shutter sounds you find on phones.

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'HULC™' robot exoskeleton war-walker suit 'at gen 2.0'

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Great Idea

Added bonus: certain US religious figures would be saved the embarrassment of accidentally hiring a rent boy when all they need is something to "lift their luggage".

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Oops

Forgot to make the obligatory "Paris because she can 'lift my luggage' any day"* joke.

*Not that she could. I'm more of a Salma Hayek kinda guy.

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LOST Vulture One PARIS spaceplane FOUND!!!

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The title

is obviously crying out for an "ON THE MOON" at the end - perhaps a subtle hint as to the direction of your next challenge?

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US raygun jumbo fluffs another test missile-blast attempt

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Built in liquid cooling

Putting that amount of power through a solid state system would indeed result in the parts getting a bit too hot for comfort, which is precisely why a chemical system was chosen. As long as the fuel is pumped through at a sufficient rate the apparatus can be kept to an acceptable temperature. That of course, as it turns out, is the easy part.

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Facebook comes down hard on Faceporn

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You forgot

the obligatory XKCD reference:

http://xkcd.com/624/

Because, er, lesbians.

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Fallout: New Vegas

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Sir, sir

Lucy said a bad word.

Grow up. You're reading a review of a game about killing zombies and you're upset because you read the word 'shit'.

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Dead baby taunting troll feels wrath of law

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If that's irony

Your name's Alanis.

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Vodafone moves 360 goalposts

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Subsidy? What subsidy?

An extended payment plan (with attendant lock-in) ain't no subsidy.

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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

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Don't you mean

Last think I heard Sun Microsystems had become Oracle Corporation or some such nonsense, clearly flagging the usual commercial problem of "managers more interested in money making schemes and business rivalries than actually meeting user needs".

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Tony Curtis goes to grave with iPhone

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Wheel?

You'[re right. That's not even remotely the right shape.

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US consumers don't want web-enabled toasters

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Yes

But instead of an image of the virgin Mary on your toast you'll get an image of a woman who certainly isn't.

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Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA

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Hell

Given what this thing's likely to cost I'd expect Ms Fox to come bundled.

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Nuclear merchant ships could open up Arctic routes for real

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Public ignorance?

I see the loony greenies have noticed an article on this fairly minor website and begun shepherding their flocks of mindless followers here to make ignorant comments about reactors exploding and people glowing in the dark.

See what I did there.

Strangely, some of us who care about the environment are prepared to discuss the facts instead of simply dismissing anything that contradicts our preconceived ideas as the product of a propaganda conspiracy*.

*note to self: must really stop pretending that it's possible to debate conspiracy theorists.

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Sharp outs little'n'large e-mag tablets

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So Private

do you want your boots too big or too small? - old joke.

The correct answer is of course "I want seven inches".

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Sex Party proposes new classification system for Oz

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Or

about twenty minutes of Midsomer Murders.

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Sex, lies, and botnets: the saga of Perverted Justice

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Only if it's identity theft

Von Erk (great supervillian name there) merely pretended he had a different name and gender. And, well, a lot of other things no doubt, but in principle it's no different from a man pretending to be a brain surgeon to get a woman into bed. Jerky but, no, not illegal.

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Mozilla Labs dreams of projected keyboard phone

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I wish I could buy that phone

because I'm getting heartily sick of black slabs. These days, it's either a black slab, or a black slab with a little bump, or a black slab with a metal frame. I know the point of minimalism is that it's never supposed to go out of fashion but, in this case, I wish it would.

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