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1088 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Opera rolls new Mini onto iPhone and iPad

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Is that a bug

or. . .

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Tablet marketgasm? Don't make us laugh, say Intel chiefs

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Exactly

The problem is not working out what sort of device we will all be using in five years time but coming up with a way of syncing the data on a range of devices without just dumping everything "in the cloud".

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Total Recall rehash – exit Martians, enter Jessica Biel

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How can I

upvote the subhead?

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HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad

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How's that working out for

Wordperfect.

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Interstellar space 'full of Jupiter-size orphan planets'

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Try playing with a gravity simulator

The difficult thing is to create a system in which something doesn't get ejected.

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Linux kernel runs inside web browser

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Sheesh

It 's enough to make me want to sit down and write replacements for all the GNU utils just to stop nonsense like this and I only know Javascript.

Wait . . .

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Microsoft to turn your flat into a control pad

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Also

because it's just like Star Trek - if captain Picard wore a backpack with a bloody great box in it.

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WikiLeaks: East Timor knocked back high-tech Chinese spy base

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What is the radar on these boats?

Wired up to Huawei 3g units* which as we know send all their data straight back to the PLA.

*Black helicopter because I'm using one now.

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MIRACULOUS new AIRSHIP set to fly by 2013

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All* airships look like giant penises

That's (the main) part of their appeal.

*except the ones that look like Thunderbird 2, obviously.

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Apple iPad 3 to sport 3D screen a 'dead cert'

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Don't you mean

People are just looking at it wrong.

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Archos 32 Android media player

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Giffgaff goody-bags

I thought my brain had stopped functioning but, no, Google informs me that in the UK that is actually a thing.

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Pakistani IT admin leaks bin Laden raid on Twitter

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Yep

"just had an explosion in my pants. It was ground shaking"

Of course, this being the internet, it's odds on that these are the results that matter to you. (For a random value of 'you")

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Re: but the war is already lost

The only way to win a war against terrorism is to sit around a table with the terrorists and negotiate on what the best way would be to remove the conditions that gave rise to the war in the first place - abhorrent as it may seem.

Absolutely. That's how we beat the Red Brigades. All hail our International Marxists overlords!

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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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