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990 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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That's because

you're a full desk kind of person. This is intended for the empty desk kind of person.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Re: Harvard need to reassess their admission policies?

Or simpler. Don't send a threat to an organisation using internet access provided by that organisation.

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

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I suspect the chinese might find

"Darling fascist bully boy, give me some more money, you bastard. May the seed of your loins be fruitful in the belly of your woman" somewhat less than useful.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: What's te problem?

Dodos? You mean they all went on to be clubbed to death by hungry sailors?

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Is it a NAS? Is it a SAN? No. It's Synology's Rackstation 'NASSAN'

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Re: Erhm?

You need it to store those Noxious Ancient Souls when you run out of space in volcanoes.

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Boffins release 44-MEEELLION-star Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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That's one helluva funky

disco ball.

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NASA pic: DOOMED ice Comet ISON literally had snowball's chance in hell

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And the Eadon memorial award goes to. . .

linicks.

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Moto's DIY smartphone Ara to be 3D PRINTED in exclusive new deal

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As I read it

only 3D Systems have the technology to print the parts and they've made it clear (or at least as clear as possible in managerese) that they won't be making it available to third parties. If you want to know about the availability of designs then, you're right, Motorola is the company to ask. Let's hope a lot of people do.

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

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Re: build your own!

If this were any other piece of tech I'd probably agree with you. However "flying car" and "fail" go together like "foolish investor" and "money" don't. (e.g. see Moller)

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Space tourist Dennis Tito begs US to BANKROLL HIS manned Mars flyby

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Re: Older couple? WHAT? Nooooo!

I wouldn't want to be around when they find out about the 20 minute lag.

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Re: 501 days of fun..

+1 for the shit reference.

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KILL SWITCH 'BLOCKED by cell operators' to pad PROFITS, thunders D.A.

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Re: How stupid are they?

While they're at it they might as well get rid of those pointless "receiving stolen goods" laws as well.

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Nvidia, AMD tout 12GB GPUs for supers ... But ONE question remains

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The word "ceepie-geepie"

gives me the heebie jeebies. Please stop using it.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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Well, that was fairly pointless

The video that is, not the actual research. "This stuff here - it's as stretchy AS RUBBER. Oh and it does some other stuff which we won't show you or attempt to explain in any way." Conclusion: Stanford uni PR unit is run by a bunch of balloon fetishists.

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Google Earth SHOCK: ZERO point ZERO ZERO SIX of world forests disappear each year

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It's good that forest loss has been reduced to less than one percent per year.

It's not good that forest loss is almost one percent per year.

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving...distracted humans

Any self drive system that ever dumps control back to the human would clearly be unfit for purpose and would never pass legal muster. (On the road when we're dealing in response times measured in, not seconds, but milliseconds there's simply no time to hand over control.) Clearly automated driving is a much harder problem than automated flying but the evidence is that has been solved or will be solved in the near future. (By 'solved' I mean 'demonstrably as safe as a good human driver'.)

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Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

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But at least the zombies will be fun

There will be zombies, won't there?

I'll get my coat. I'm off to do a bit more work on my Jane Austen versus the Daleks script.

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

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A sensible decision perhaps

but nonetheless a dangerous one. Deciding that copying entire books is now fair use because it's in the public good looks like legal sleight of hand. If anyone is to be given an exemption from existing copyright restrictions which is, in reality, what this decisions does, that should be decided by the lawmakers not the courts.

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Want to BUILD YOUR OWN Tardis? First, get a star and set it spinning...

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Re: Cerenkov Radiation

Faster than light in that medium, not faster than c.

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Yes

Space-time: don't get kinky without it.

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LOHAN sees bright red over Vulture 2 paintjob

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A Cunning Plan

A 3D 2D printer?

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

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Re: Emporers new cloaking device

Of course I can see the tank in the picture - it's the invisible one just to the left I can't see. </Eccles mode>

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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Crosses several boxes for me

iOS only, air, Facebook, low resolution, limited controls but it might be a hit with the target market. Might, given it's relatively expensive and really needs a tripod. Plus automatic connectivity will be fine for some but if you can't share your work with just anyone it won't take off. My prediction: Apple will do this right in two year's time while claiming they invented it.

Now, what I had hoped this was is a small camera with a built-in motorised pan and tilt head. Do that for the same price (alright probably a little bit less) and I'm in.

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Japanese PM holds on FOR DEAR LIFE in self-driving car

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I hope self driving cars will be well marked

so I can just ignore them and concentrate on avoiding the idiots "who are really good drivers and don't need a computer to tell them what to do".

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Latest global menace: ELECTROPULSE NORKS, apparently

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Yes

The rest of us have learnt to expect to be disappointed.

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Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN

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Facepalm

Re: Save me from kitchen table budget thinking.

Face. Palm.

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Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)

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It was Marcia from accounts

She printed out the internet some time in 1997 and took it home. Now the Elders of the Internet want it back.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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Yep

It will be Ewoks as as the eye can see from now on.

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Could Doctor Who really bump into human space dwellers?

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Re: Lack of imagination is the problem

Spending a million years as downloads doesn't seem much fun, I mean I spent a month as a pirated copy of the Beatles White album and I absolutely hated it.

And yes, I've been waiting since 2007 to use that one.

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Re: Problem with getting rich people to pay

My understanding is that in the later years of its life (and before 9/11) BA made Concorde pay by the simple expedient of charging what it cost to provide the service. It turns out that when your company's paying or you're just obscenely wealthy price is relatively elastic. Of course, that was in the context of development costs having been covered by the taxpayer and obviously wasn't viable in the long term. But it does suggest that you shouldn't be too cautious in charging what might seem to be outrageous prices from day one.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: Modular = Large?

Phones have been getting larger for years. This wouldn't have work five years ago but now, provided the standard modules are thin enough I don't see size as being a problem.

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Linus Torvalds seeks REDEMPTION for every coded SIN

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Re: Woodland Creature?

I took it as a reference to inter-arboreal defaecation but are creatures of ursine persuasion moronic? I get the feeling that treating one as such might be a little bit of a mistake.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Shocking news!

Education in the richest country in the world is better than in one of the poorest.

I don't think your arguments get any better from there.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Paging Dunning and Kruger

"There's enough material here for a whole conference."

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We'll build Elon Musk's Hyperloop ... if you lob us ONE-MEELLION dollars

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Re: Fast horizontal elevator?

Trains have windows - technologically unnecessary - but psychologically important to the people who will be paying the bills. I seem to recall it was the lack of windows that doomed the blended wing airliner.

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WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706 MEELLION to Seagate

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Indeed, you can't tell people what to think

but you can tell them not to use specified trade secrets just as you can forbid them to use any other specified IP. In general, it might be more difficult to demonstrate unlawful use of a trade secret, but in this case the facts seem to have been pretty clear cut (and faking evidence obviously didn't help).

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US aviation watchdog approves $75K balloon ride into SPAAAACE!

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I thought that looked odd

But the article does suggest that the parafoil is already deployed during the freefall. (If you've got a capsule full of tanked up rich people it's probably advisable to end the freefall as gently as possible.) And since there's probably insufficient air density at the release altitude to reliably inflate the parafoil (correct me if I'm wrong) I suspect the idea is to use some sort of lightweight frame attached to the balloon. (Or maybe, heaven forbid, a truss.) The animation shows a fan of cables attached to the centre of parafoil and the capsule itself supported by parafoil lines which doesn't seem practical but is probably a lot prettier than the reality.

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Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

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The explanation's simple

grasshopper mouse just don't give a shit.

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Oz racehorse shod with 3D-printed titanium hoofwear

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With all this talk about 'living' plastic

I'm starting to wonder if el Reg has been taken over by the Autons and Lester is desperately trying to get the word out before he's replaced by something disturbingly shiny and emotionless.

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Re: @lunatik95 - The subject was rape NOT grammar

One of the pleasures of this site is the entertaining and informative byways that discussions here often wander down but I can't help thinking that, in this case, there is a certain amount of, no doubt unconscious, derailing is going on. This is an utterly horrible case, and I can understand people wanting to look away, but maybe the best way to do that would be to keep quiet and leave the thread to people who are prepared to treat the subject with the seriousness it deserves.

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SEX CRAZED FISH keeping hapless Southamptonites awake

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Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon - Sir

Just don't try thatin the US. There, by convention, it signifies an 'attorney'. There has been at least one prosecution, albeit malicious, of a person who dared used the title in a state where they were not registered to practise law.

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Long time ago? Galaxy far, far away? You ain't seen nothing yet

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You may call it Z8_GND_5296

but to me it's home.

- Grynklefyvth III

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

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Re: Free from what, exactly?

Exactly. The (hidden) premise seems to be an evolution of the wobbly old idea that quantum indeterminacy can somehow provide a physical basis for free will (as if being driven by a random number generator in the brain looks anything like freedom).

The thing is, I'm most free when I can act in ways that are meaningful to me and those ways tend to be easily predictable by anyone who knows me. Of course, maybe free will isn't the same thing as personal freedom but if it isn't I don't know what it is bar a meaningless theological concept.

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Snap-happy blogger babe posts catcalling blokes' mugshots online

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Welcome to the wonderful

post racial utopia that is the USA. </sarcasm>

And of course the only reason a women would complain about harassment is that she want the attention. (Sorry, I lied about stopping the sarcasm. Sometimes, faced with a certain sort of bone-headedness nothing else will do.)

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

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I disagree

I don't believe that Elron even at his most drug addled ever believed the guff he peddled. This guy, on the other hand, I suspect is just a common loony who we'll never hear about again. (or he's a prankster in which case "well played".

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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It's been a while

but I seem to remember textbooks tend to be very heavy. Maybe they should go with octacopters. Even then I'm not sure I'd want to be underneath one when something goes wrong.

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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Have you forgotten

that in certain places 'liking' bicycles is a big no no and will get you on the register and in The Register

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Well, telling me what toilet paper to use

is just the sort of thing my mum would do so nothing's changed there but yes a good* headline.

*By definition not the best since it doesn't contain the words "FOUND ON THE MOON".

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Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

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Only if you're

Kate Moss.

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