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1019 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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The researchers

then went on to determine that men look at porn.

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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Re: @ Fitz

Protip: If you ever find yourself wondering how your opponents can be so stupid it's probably not your opponents who are stupid.

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

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Woman

Nah, It's just big Dumb Guy in a tutu.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"

"You actually believe Apple gave ANYTHING away for free?"

Yeah, and that was Jeff Goldblum's personal Mac in Independence Day.

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

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Dunning Kruger has nothing to do with skill

Well very little. It's the tendency of the less competent to overate their abilities (or conversely the more competent to underrate them) but competency isn't the same thing as skill. A lack of skill can frequently be remedied by training and practice, incompetence almost never.

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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

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"May this year"

Dammit, I was looking forward to finding out how the Googleplane did against a salvo of Starstreaks. At this stage it's about the only thing that's likely to make the Olympics interesting to me.

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Boffins: VAMPIRE stars are PREYING on their companions

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You may call them "vampire stars"

I call them "Robin Hood stars" - robbing from the (mass) rich and giving to the (mass) poor. Well not so much of the latter but anything that strikes a blow against the bloated fat-cats* of the star world is fine by me.

*Can I get one for Tom Cruise, please.

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CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought

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It's a pity

el Reg doesn't allow commentators to change the font size - then you really could have gotten your point across.

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Twitter impostors stop at NOTHING to drag athletes through mud

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Re: Proprietary Technology

That and a script knocked up in about twenty minutes in Mumbai - you don't expect a "social media entrepreneur" to sit front of a PC clicking buttons do you.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

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that's the pig. (Actually more like a retarded dodo.)

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Five mobile devices per person for 2040?

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If you're going to have separate ID numbers for multiple devices it probably time to give up the expectation taht they be something that the end users has to deal with more than once. Either move to a DNS like system or issue numbers to persons not devices.

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Wired broadband adoption dips as wireless flies

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Since the idiots

who think wireless can replace fibre have yet to show up here I think your annoyance is a little premature. As for the "mind numbingly obvious "stats"" , well statistics tend to be like that - they tell you what you already know but with numbers.

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Facebook cybersquatter stitched up by own Facebook account

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He writes a competent but unexciting article, some sub drops in a piece of el Reg's trademark sarcasm*, and suddenly he's guilty of sloppy reporting.

*I suspect he Register's in-house style guide is just 20 pages of examples of how to do sarcasm.

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New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

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Dammit! I was going to do the Douglas Adams reference

Missed it by this much - Don Adams will have to do instead.

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LOHAN finally checks into REHAB

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FAIL

Debugging

fail.

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Actually it's Vulture East

so I suspect the relevant units are furlongs per fortnight, Olympic swimming pools, donkeys, and the size of Portugal.

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

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Probably explains the player crashes

I know I felt like crashing (my head into something hard) after watching Armageddon just once.

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Magnetic cells put biologists in a spin

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Photagraphic memory?

She was probably an early Mavica model.

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Google plants rainbow flag in anti-gay countries

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Re: Legalise Love

Seriously ! I had the idea that adultery was illegal - when I was all of five. When are you going to grow up?

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NASA was WRONG on arsenic-gobbling aliens, claim boffins

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My memory's a little hazy

but didn't the whole affair start with NASA announcing an "important" (as in hint, hint, we've found life on Mars) only to follow it up with this piece of mostly speculation. In the circumstances the media can be forgiven for trying to make the best out of the very little they were given.

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Finding the Twitter psychopath ratio

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The really kinky ones

with only one nipple piercing.

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Huawai teams with Aussie investors to launch APAC cable

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Stockbroking, investment banking, telecommunication and seafood investments

Pick the odd one out.

Telecommunications - all the others inevitably end up on the nose.

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Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

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Things is

I've never seen an actual little green man in SF. (And I've seen and watched a lot.) Now Rutans on the other hand. (Even if what they did was less floating and more been dragged along by an invisible string.)

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Total bankers: Twitter and LinkedIn's cynical API play

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Re: FFS...

Exactly. Point of article:If you're a producer you rely on your suppliers - if the product they supply is not fungible you have a problem. So the Amazon thing is exactly not a relevant example.

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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Re: @Big Dumb Guy 555 -- -What???? ...But the US didn't

According to the episode of QI I watched last night the US has the solid support* of Palau on the Cuba thing so it's not like it's an international pariah or anything. . .

*At least until the aid money runs out and the way things are going it'll probably run out soon. Twenty years ago the US thought it had won the Cold War. Twenty years on it's becoming clear that it was just that the USSR lost it first.

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Multimillion-pound hoard of 50BC GOLD PIECES found in Jersey

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Re: i must have missed the IT angle

Interred Trove - theres always an IT angle.

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Re: Surely any coin

Well obviously, since their were no Christians around at the time they used BCE instead.

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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

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@NogginTheNog

Beware the Intel fanbois - they may not be many but they are keen.

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Sheryl Sandberg finally adds woman's touch to Facebook board

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FAIL

Reg Fail

I hate to say it but this story crosses the line from good fun and harmless innuendo into outright sexism. It's the 21st century folks, the mere presence of women anywhere, no matter how attractive, should neither be a surprise nor cause of schoolboy sniggers.

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Boffins program peripheral visions for ultra TV immersion

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It

Might work with the end sequence of 2001. Otherwise, I can't see much use for it.

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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

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Re: Meanwhile on Branson's island..

The thing about islands is that the bigger they get the less islandy they become. I mean I live on an island but since it's an entire continent you'd never know.

Dammit, I see where this is going. Ellison's ego won't be satisfied until he buys a

Australia.

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Google in dock again over defamatory auto-complete

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Well I changed my name to

Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrela Stand Jasper Wednesday (pops mouth twice) Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable (whinnying) Arthur Norman Michael (blows squeaker) Featherstone Smith (whistle) Northgot Edwards Harris (fires pistol, then 'whoop') Mason (chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff) Frampton Jones Fruitbat (squeaker) Gilbert (sings) 'We'll keep a welcome in the' (three shots) Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin (squeaker) Tiger-drawers Pratt Thompson (sings) 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter (horn) Pussycat (sings) 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mainwaring (hoot, 'whoop') Smith.

But I misspelled 'umbrella' so I should be right.

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Voyager ticks one box for interstellar arrival

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Re: Vejur

Unfortunately this Voyager's fate involves a rather ugly bunch of Klingons.

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Mr Sulu causes DDoS panic after posting link on Facebook

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Girls like babies and Men like Trek

You're forgetting all that slash fiction I'm afraid.

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Apple-Moto patent gripe almost thrown out the door

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I prefer

the penis pump under the bench but whatever gets you off.

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Twitter bird reborn to the sound of whalesong

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Put it this way

It's transformer alter-ego is Batman not Lisa Simpson giving a blowjob. That has to be worth a few k.

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Raspberry Pi safe and warm in TINY Lego fortress

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As I well now. I still have a slightly melted 8x1x3 as a souvenir of my attempt to produce a working gun out of Lego and firecrackers*.

*It was a long time ago.

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Flame gets suicide command

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Re: Hacker

Yhe Internet? I thought by the twenty-second century they had replaced the Internet with a big mainframe with blinkenlights on an asteroid somewhere in deep space. It's progress, Jim, but not as we know it.

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Rogue kebab provokes Carlisle post-pub car deathmatch

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Also

ICT - Ill-advised Carlisle Transport. Don't worry I'll stop now - I blame DARPA anyway.

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Re: Why?

Definitely IT - Ill-advised Transport.

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HBO wants royal price for Iron Throne

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Re: upgrade option

Too bad the Pythons have already made The Final Rip Off . A replica comfy chair for $30,000 would really be the ultimate ripoff.

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Flexible Willow glass displays thin and curvy gadget future

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Much as I hate that expression

there are times when it's appropriate.

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Ten... bits of Jubilee tat tech

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I have to agree

Geri Halliwell never made anything sexy. Some things should never be spoken of even in jest.

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US secret spaceplane will come back to Earth sometime soon

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How the hell do you defend against SPACE NAZIS

with that. For SPACE NAZIS you need SPACE SPITFIRES.

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For symmetry

with the first post insert Skynet joke here.

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Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

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"Earth's Milky Way"

I didn't realise preparations for the Galactic Empire were so far advanced.

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iLuv Vibro Classic II

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Re: Misleading name

Yes. I was thinking more "Highway to Heaven" than the other place.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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Volvos in Space

My new band name.

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Man's car warns of AIR RAID OVER LONDON

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Where is

the SPB secret testing bunker again?

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The Register is rocking on Windows Phone 7

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Re: At last

I suspect the explanation for the Big Dumb One involves some form of (possibly alien) brain parasite. Though more traditional types of zombiefication can't be ruled out.

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