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1029 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

The future of PCIe: Get small, speed up, think outside the box

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"without the pricey active cables"

and without the Intel control.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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Yes, cute

Which is why it breaks my heart to see them hunted.

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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well, judged on the basis of the current example

the only thing we have to worry about when it comes to machine intelligence is a minor annoyance.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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I still have no idea how big this thing is

Can someone translate it into Tasmanias?

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Re: It shows many things

The fact that the real scammers have to hire dupes* like this is evidence that the banks are asking questions. I'm no friend of banks in general but wanting them to ask more questions looks to me like a case of "beware, your wish might just come true".

*unscrupulous, greedy and probably not to bright but dupes nonetheless.

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Skype: 3D video calling is the FUTURE

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I hear they're getting

Anthony Weiner to endorse this.

You know it makes sense.

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BILLION-TONNE BELCH emitted from Sun to hit Earth this weekend

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Re: EM radiation?

As a (lapsed) physicist I can confirm that it is indeed the twangy-wangy stuff that's the problem.

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Alien antique show: Egyptians wore JEWELRY FROM SPAAAACE

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Sorry

I know for a fact that the mer-people hunted megaladon to extinction. They want you to believe that the mer-people were cute and cuddly and friendly (I'm looking at you Disney) but really they were viscous bastards.

DON'T BELIEVE THE LIES1!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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Mind-reading MRI reads letters in the brain

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“looking up the answer in the back of the book”

That would be a valid criticism if the researcher were describing the technique as mind-reading which, as far as I can tell, they aren't. I suspect the real usefulness of the technique is likely to be in mind control (by, not of!) since I seem to recall that thinking about something is neurologically similar to looking at it.

Of course, it is a valid criticism of all those "OMG Mind Reading is Coming" headlines. I'll leave it to my fellow readers to decide if El Reg is guilty of that.

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IiNet creates cut-price diffusion brand 'Jiva'

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Re: Jiva

No, they just use a rebranded version of the Silly Car Name Generator.

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Tiny fireball exoplanet completes one year in 8.5 hours

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Don't count on it

The resident silicon based lifeforms would ban your "instruments of terrible freezing death". Of course if they're anything like humans you could still make your zillions.

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Assange washes hands in election row

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I suspect it's neither exactly

but a combination of political correctness and pedantry*. 'Aborigine' is reductive. So we should say 'aboriginal person'. But people are lazy so we end up with 'Aboriginal'.

Now there shouldn't be anything wrong with 'Aborigine' but the fact is the word has a history - all those old well-meaning but cringeworthy references to "the Aborigine". Frankly, it's easier just to go with the tide and say 'indigenous Australian'.

*Assuming you don't just define political correctness as pedantry which I don't.

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Attention, addicts: LEGO meth lab pays homage to Breaking Bad

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I'll tell you why I like the show

And it's nothing to do with wanting to be a "Bad Boy".

It's the ultimate deconstruction of American exceptionalism - the idea that people who are white and middle class can do terrible things and still be the good guys - the "I am not a criminal" thing.

OK I get that some people won't get that the show is essentially a morality tale - there's always people who end up identifying with the bad guys if the presented as anything more than cardboard cutouts. But you get that Walter White isn't a good guy. Try giving the fans of the show credit for realising that too.

And yes, the geek appeal of the show comes from the protagonist been one of us. But so are the Master and Lex Luthor - doesn't mean we don't get that they're villains.

Oh and while the underground meth lab is nice and super-villainy I think I'll wait for the Hot Wheels RV version.

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Google Glass is HIGH FASHION in September Vogue magazine

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Re: Meph-head Johnnie Thicko Or for added catiness let's not forget

I used to buy the jealousy explanation - then I discovered how utterly misogynist some gay men can be. These days I just think of it as pure irrational bigotry. Some people just need to dump on others and sadly, in some quarters, women are still seen as acceptable targets.

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Is NASA planning to send LAVA LAMPS to Jupiter?

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Nice room you have here

Pity if something were to happen to it. Or to the entire neighbourhood. Seriously, it's a nice bit of ad hoc engineering but I think there's a reason NASA keeps its centrifuges in concrete bunkers.

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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Shorter "The Dude"

I'm entitled to threaten to rape and murder any women because some women said some stuff I don't like.

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Mozilla ponders blinkers for your browser

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I was ready to complain

that this is just the web 2.0 filter bubble ramped up to 11 and then I was offered the delicious prospect of never having to read about the doings of the Windsor clan again. Add to the list anyone who's ever appeared on reality tv and I'm sold.

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

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Nonsense

They were actually SPACESHIPS! They just had a remarkable similarity to McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms.

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DARPA uncloaks unTerminator for $2 million robotics challenge

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Possibly

But with those goofy eyes I'm betting on it ending up looking like Bender.

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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Re: No expandable storage

Because it's not a bit of flash memory - it's ten thousand million bits. In other words, you get what you pay for.

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Hubble spots ALIEN NAVY world – and it's pelted with GLASS RAIN

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"Catchily named HD 189733b"

But that's how you can be sure that it's home to some terrifying alien abomination.

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

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Samsung

Make the screen detachable. Connect it to the camera by wifi/bluetooth and provide an app that can control all camera functions and you might have something. (And remove the viewfinder. As much as I hate not having a viewfinder this is a case where it can reasonably be dispensed with - there's not much use for a viewfinder when your camera's up a pole.)

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US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

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I assume

all NASA have been in accordance with the the relevant laws. Doesn't Congress/the President have ultimate oversight of all US activities in space? But what we're talking about here is discarded equipment. Does a non-functioning spacecraft sitting on the lunar surface somehow constitute an activity? In any case the requirement to make a law is not an authorization of any law. Specifically, if the law violates other articles of the treaty as this one does, it's dead in the water.

On another point, how could there be a world heritage site on the moon? isn't the Moon by definition out of this world.

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LOHAN team girds loins, aims to take SPEARS to heaven again

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You can't fool me

That's Dr John Watson on the left - I recognise him from that documentary series. Good move, though. I seem to remember his partner was rather good at solving mysteries. With him on the case you'll have your playmonaut back in no time.

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IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

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Thought the description was a bit perfunctory myself

Clearly demands further research.

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India's low cost tablet dream lives on with Aakash IV

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Re: Did Datawind forget the big brown envelope this time?

Cheap Chinese tablets are horribly built toys. I had two - neither lasted more than a few weeks in ordinary use before the screen was destroyed by a minor bump that any decent device would have taken in its stride. For educational use you can afford to save money by using last generation tech. Build quality on the other hand is not negotiable.

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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He's been trying to get funding

for a film based on his artwork for years. Then Avatar comes along and steals his thunder. I think he has a good case that he's been damaged.

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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There must be some mistake

You used the joke icon.

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Ecuador denies granting asylum, safe passage to Snowden

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Tell me

What is the guarantee of an AC worth in the open market?

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Standard 8 ran at 16 fps. Super 8 ran at 18 fps (when silent - the sound version ran at 24 fps). But pre talkies 35mm ran at pretty much whatever speed the camera operator (and the projectionist) cared to crank it at. I'm simplifying of course - if you want the detail read Kevin Brownlow on the matter.

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Tearing a strip off Microsoft's Brazilian: That's no way to attract mates

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An over-complex infrastructure

designed to pump shit around? I'd run with the metaphor but I fear I'd be stepping on someone's toes.

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But it'd be worth it

for the scene where Ballmer climbs on a chair and announces "I am your führer".

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Quantum transistors at room temp

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Impressive, certainly

but I fear you're right about the manufacturing. The real breakthroughs these days are in fab techniques.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: Encryption?

Spelling mistakes, gramatical errors.

Hidden words

INcorrect captiisation

Anything by amanfrommars.

We're all doomed!

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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I remember seeing an documentary a while back

I rememer seeing an documentary a while back

that made the point that in 1940 RAF fighter command was one of the most efficient, (self)disciplined organisations to have ever existed. The Luftwaffe on the other hand was a bunch of egomaniacal cowboys.

Who's who in the current context is left as an exercise for the reader.

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

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"Would have"

I find you're pour grammer* deeply offensive.

*Mruphry rules!

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Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

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Well it's not like

Europe has a history of tribal violence. Viking, Goths, Spartans, they all have an undeserved reputation for violence. And of course with the coming of the Nation State Europe got busy civilising the rest of the world not engaging in a series of increasingly bloody continent wide wars.

Seriously, you don't have to blame colonialism for all of the continent's woes to find the "violence - it's just the African way/the problem is the Africans"* sort of thinking deeply disturbing.

*As expressed upthread not in the comment above. I consider guilt-based history to be stupid and unproductive.

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Latest NASA ASTRONAUT class is HALF FEMALE

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Hipster misogyny

Cutting-edge stuff, folks.

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Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

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Stop

Have Microsoft

talked to HP?. I think they need tips on how to do this properly.

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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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And folks it's happened

We've finally found the one true anti-Eadon.

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Seagate reveals a NASty side, tears wraps off WD Red copycat disk

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Anything for a hook

Two NAS product have names beginning in "NAS' - it must be the work of lizard aliens or at least the Bilderberg Group.

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Amazon SLASHES hosted database prices

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Beat me by "that" much*

Have an upvote.**

*Where's the Maxwell smart icon?

**Have another for the username.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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I installed the prick measuring extension for Firefox

but I got rid of it when for some reason it sent me here.

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Now you can use your phone instead of your wallet at the ATM, too

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There trusted all right

That's the problem. . .

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Say what you like about "Metro"

and most of the things I would like to say about it are not appropriate even here, the flat style is not the problem. (The implementation on the other hand. . .)

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