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1021 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

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Are you Gerry Harvey by any chance

because if postage costs were anything like your example eBay would have shut up shop in Australia long ago. Standard postage costs for a DVD (I just checked) - about $5. Lenses (I know from experience) - around $10-$12. I can't imagine where the $50 comes from - are you paying someone to ride shotgun? Your 10cm cube shipped from Brisbane to Perth, assuming the maximum weight of 20kg (what are you shipping - solid gold?) - $64.95 for standard shipping. Yes, you can pay a silly $200 plus for express shipping but that's utterly irrelevant to point of the article. For something more realistic - under $10.

Nice try Gerry, but remember - the internet makes it ridiculously easy for people to find out when they're being ripped off.

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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Re: Ern Malley

Little known fact: every line of Ern Malley's poems is valid Perl code.

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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Re: @Def Is it just me?

But that black slab made us smart .

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Paypal struggles free of VMware lock-in, goes with OpenStack

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Re: Well there's your problem

Captain Scarlet:

What with being an Australian I already have a memberships card - not that it gets me in anywhere much these days. I'll think I'll stick with Imperio El Reg.

AC:

Probably not a reasonable assumption given this site's expansionist tendencies (see above). As for Frankie Boyle - I can only agree with your assessment of his comic talents and since there seems to be some brand confusion maybe I should sue (I was here first).

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Well there's your problem

Some of us don't live in the UK.

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Someone tell the banks

about this stuff. Paypal get a lot of flack but they at least they know what they're doing. Five days to make a simple transfer from a bank account to a Paypal account is not an example of knowing what you're doing.

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Televisions in living rooms now the fastest-growing internet platform

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Re: Headline Stats Fail

I seem to recall reading years ago that Klingon was the fastest growing language in the world which means that by now we should jachchoHmeH 'Iwraj penaghtaH.

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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'search the innanet and end up with porn instead'

I. do. not. understand. 'instead'.

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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

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But then Jimmy Carr is a bit of a berk

No offense you understand.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Well I for one

am happy to wish Stephen Fry as much dick and head as he could possibly want. Not offering mind you, but whatever floats your boat. . .

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India may can low cost Aakash tablet project

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Re: When it was started, a $40 tablet was outlandishly low

The trouble with spending $40 on a tablet is that you're almost certainly going to end up with unreliable, barely usable crap. That's fine for someone in the first world who just wants a cheap disposable toy but when $40 represents a month's wages (Wikipedia: poverty in India) you want something that works and lasts (and has a decent warranty). Leaving it to the market can't ensure that.

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No, really: Austrians develop hi-tech jewellery made out of concrete

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Re: Something new.

IIRC the article said this stuff is lighter so it look s like you'll have to stick to the traditional method of pinning it to your trouser leg.

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Space probe spies MYSTERY 'Cold Spot' in very fabric of cosmos itself

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Universe formed from soup

I'd always imagined it as more of a lukewarm porridge. Possibly with a tough skin on top.

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Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

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"japan doesnt have a sewerage system like ours"

Citation needed. Seriously, I really want to know where the shit from all those internet enabled toilets goes.

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Nvidia stretches Tesla GPU coprocessors from HPC to big data

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Re: Not sure why..

Exactly what I was thinking. Impressive but profoundly stupid. Still if you have a hammer...

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Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

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Re: have i seen this before?

Print at the point of sale was a nice idea rendered pointless by e-readers. Print on demand is hugely successful and dominates self-publishing. Of course, if you have a design for a working holo-projector. . .

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Software bug halts Curiosity: Nuke lab bot in safe mode

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Safe mode

That's a Windows thing isn't it? I can feel an Eadon coming on.

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National Security Letters ruled unconstitutional

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Re: Actually, No

Fair's fair, Steve. I always get my legal advice from greengrocers.

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Google sidelines Maps bloke, shifts him from 'A' to 'X'

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The basement office will be a bummer

On the other hand if the job comes with the regulation ridiculously attractive partner. . .

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

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Re: Hi I'm the Chessmaster

African or European? Wait, I'll get the hang of this reference thing in a minute.

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Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

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I think you're on to something there

Cute lil kitty cat + xenomorph -> Cute lil kitty cat + puddle of acid

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HEAVILY ARMED SEX CRAZED DOLPHINS on RAMPAGE in Black Sea

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I like what you did there

But the klaxon awaits the less wary.*

*QI reference

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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

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Nice trick, Eadon

Go anonymous and get upvotes.

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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"And who said Microsoft retired their munchkin brigade..."

But the munckin's faith that in ten's years time the workforce will still be using Microsoft products is kind of touching.

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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Re: Living drones

You want to harness a DC-9 to a homing pigeon. Wouldn't that be just a little cruel.

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And I'll keep my SLR

with me too.

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'We the People' seek to double NASA budget – at least

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The lesson being

fund your space program through product placement.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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Misogyny howto

step 1. Convince yourself that if a woman is a feminist it's because "she can't get laid".

step 2. Don't worry about steps 1 - 2379: they'll come naturally once you master step one.

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Re: EU Political Correctness / Communism / Fascism

An Eadon comment is automatically ironic. It has nothing to do with his intention. Does he actually have intentions. In fact, I'm beginning to suspect Eadon is amfm release version. It's a pity though, that the coders have substituted breadth with (superficial ) coherence.

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