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1051 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Pen+tablet bandwagon finally rolling, Nvidia leaps aboard

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A strange little secret

in the sense that nobody ever mentions it, is that the Nexus 7 actually does fairly decent pressure sensitivity. I only know of one app that supports it which is a pity because it is otherwise rather primitive. Now if only Adobe or Autodesk would pull their finger stylus out.

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EU boffins in plan for 'more nutritious' horsemeat ice cream

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Re: Yum Yum

Just proves people will eat everything if it reminds them of boobs.

More seriously, nail on the head.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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While I shove this Dalek headfirst into a toilet bowl

Nah, it'll never work. You've got to leave some Daleks alive.

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Sacred islet Rockall defeats Brit adventurer

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Where's your sense of British history

Clearly the proper way to land on Rockall is in a harness hanging beneath a Harrier.

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'Leccy car biz baron Elon Musk: Thanks for the $500m, taxpayers...

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Re: Wow

"If only people stopped wasting money on all this technological research we could get on with the job of harvesting nuts and berries and hunting bison."

As long as you hunt the bison by the traditional method of stampeding them over a cliff. This spear development programme is a waste of nuts and berries.

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Re: Wow

As long as you hunt the bison by the traditional method of stampeding them over a cliff. This spear development programme is a waste of nuts and berries.

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Hold our tiny silicon spheres, say gravity wave detection scientists

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By their logic

we should all be floating near the ceiling since gravity is just a distortion of spacetime.

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Count yourself lucky

Given El Reg's record in entomology I'm surprised they weren't described as termites.

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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

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"say families"

No, families don't say anything because they're not people. OK, I realise that it's just journalese but the only people who actually speak like that are ultra-conservative nutters who think the abolition of concubines was a bad idea.

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INSATIABLE black hole in Milky Way's heart crams hot gas into cavity

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or maybe just a 'metaphor'

Are we going to put and end to Shakespeare as well?

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PLAGUE of SEX CRAZED MONSTER GRASSHOPPERS to hit East Coast

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'orrible looking creatures

Each to his own I suppose, but I've always considered considered cicadas to be one of the more beautiful animals.

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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I have a Pre with inductive charging

The coil's in the back cover. If it weren't for the outline molded in the plastic and the contacts you wouldn't know its there. It's a small thing but marvelously convenient It'salso one of the reasons I'm in no hurry to upgrade.

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Tiny fly-inspired RoboBee takes flight at Harvard

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Or

bee-eaters.

PS, won't someone tell this guy about El Reg standard units. I've no idea how big a US one cent coin is. Now if there had been a stick of linguine in the frame. . .

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

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Wasn't it Alexi Sayle

who said: "Never trust anyone who talks about 'workshops' unless they work in light engineering". Or was it 'solutions' and chemistry. In any case by that principle Palin is safe.

On topic: I gave up on Hotmail the moment it demanded my phone number. So long and no thanks for all the spam MS.

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Give it up for Live 8-bit: Muso devs raise dosh for Bletchley Park kids

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If only I still had

the 1950s tape recorder my father used to make the soud-tracks to his films.. I loved the sound, I loved the smell (yes), and in particular, being a visual rather than music person, I loved the glowing blue-green tube that served as a level indicator. Virtual's just not the same.

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

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According to wikipedia

the first picture on the web was les but maybe I've missed something in translation

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Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

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Irony fail

You can't buy a Google Glass unless you can prove that you own, and frequently wear, a fedora.

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Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'

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I agree

the problem's not skeuomorphism as such but "seriously cheesy design work" but it's still skeuomorphism. Most skeuomorphism is cheesy because unnecessary - think fake brick siding. It's just that in the digital world there it has a legitimate use case because the objects we are dealing with here have no default physical form. So symbolic skeuomorphism, such as semi-abstact icons, is good. It's the representational version that's cheesy and bad.

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Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

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Hell

If I could stomach the idea of participating in the games business I might be tempted to try to sell some of my stuff rather than just giving it away. Why would I want to simulate running a games company. That's like simulating masturbation.

Also is the fictional game company really called "Pirate Harbor Inc." that's just setting yourself up to fail.

That said, pirating a game that sells for less than $10 is just pathetic.

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Brutally efficient galaxy SPITS OUT STARS at 'maximum rate'

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To be fair

furious baby-making is mainly a protestant sport these days. The catholics are too busy ignoring the pope.

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AT&T debuts 'Digital Life' robo-home and security tech

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I tried that

It didn't end well.

Who'd have guessed monkeys don't like to be smeared with PVA adhesive.

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It was the Reg what won it: Online Hitchhiker's Guide thriving

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I'm off there now

to write a wildly innacurate yet somehow entirely appropriate article about how the marketing department of Google. . .

Well, you know the rest.

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Ubuntu without the 'U': Booting the Big Four remixes

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Exactly

A century from now when people ask "what did Microsoft do" the amswer will be "they invented the taskbar".

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Curious, Captain

I don't recall 1987 being in black and white.

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CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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In fact

The rod could be completely mechanically incompressible (in the sense that the inter-atomic forces were effectively infinite) and the effect would still propagate at the speed of light since everything including forces propagates at the speed of light. The lightspeed limit is implemented at layer 1 of the universe.

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Chemical-dipped TRANSPARENT BRAINS bare all for science

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Coat

Scientists made my brain invisible

Now I've lost my mind.

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Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

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Is that you Tony Blair?

I'd recognise you vision and foresight anywhere.

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