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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

Clive Galway

Can both connectors be used simultaneously?

If you plug the micro end into a phone and the A end into a PC, can both the phone and the PC see the storage at the same time?

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Clive Galway

Is that USB plus HDMI I see?

That shot of the waterproof cover over the USB looks like there are two connectors, can anyone confirm?

Cos separate HDMI and USB connectors would be nice... Most phones cannot connect USB Host and HDMI devices at the same time, and certainly can't do USB2Go + HDMI + Charge.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

Clive Galway

Swapping of @ and "

That would be a US / UK keyboard thing.

Shift-2 on UK keyboard = "

Shift-2 on US keyboard = @

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Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

Clive Galway

You missed an important development

ShadowPlay now has two important new features:

Desktop recording.

You are no longer limited to recording full-screen games.

Full res recording.

You can now record in the original resolution.

Pretty much all that is missing now are the Audio Capture options (ie game on one audio track, VOIP on another)

Has anyone considered the security or social implications of this?

For example, would "shadow" desktop recording not be an *anti* boss-key?

ie your boss walks up, wonders what you were just doing, hits ALT-F10 and voila, shadowplay dumps your last 20mins of desktop activity to a video...

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Clive Galway

Best use would be gaming

The NEC / Alienware CRVD was a good idea, but way too bulky done with DLP.

Make it more curved and OLED and you would have a winner.

Would not need to have a silly vertical res, 1080 or 1200 would be plenty.

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Google teases more modular smartphone details in run-up to dev meet-up

Clive Galway

The future of personal computing?

This has so many uses beyond phones.

Home computing (word processing, browsing etc) - Being able to assemble a low-spec PC from either new modules or cast-off modules you do not need any more could decimate the consumer desktop market.

Home entertainment (IPTV / XBMC etc) - Though I think some of the maturity of some of these apps is there yet, this is definitely an emerging market. Also it makes it very easy for TV makers to include optional (and upgradeable) Android functionality in TVs.

Gaming (Console / Casual / Mobile) - It would be very easy to make a gaming machine by shaping the endo like a game controller.

It could also be a way to get a slice of the console market without actually releasing a console.

It's also good for small businesses - they can bring modules to market without having to design a whole device.

Possibly a very shrewd move by Google with regards to Apple.

It distances them design-wise from Apple, with a feature that if Apple implemented, would hurt their business model badly.

So many potential wins for Google, they would be mad not to pursue it.

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Re: It looks super cool…

Laptop screens do not tend to break anything like as much as phones.

About the only easily replaceable part (For your average user) would be the battery or maybe the hard disk. Replacement hard disks are the only one universal in size and they are stocked in every hardware store.

If you could easily slide out the processor, ram, gpu etc it would be a different story.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

Clive Galway

What I really do not get...

If homeopathists really believed it, there would be no point in selling it.

If it gets more powerful the more you dilute it, then surely by definition any sample of it you are selling is more powerful than your "stock", thus making the bottle that it came in more valuable than the contents of it that they sold you.

Furthermore, it would be impossible to use anything for the container, as it would be "contaminated".

Washing it would only make it worse.

IMHO the way to get rid of these snake oil salesmen would be to sue them.

Surely if you sued them for contamination of products (ie contaminated with a different homeopathic cure than the one you bought), then it would be impossible for them to disprove the case without arguing that homeothapy is bunk?

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

Clive Galway

If the display is 3D, then it does. In fact, that is the whole point - What happens to your OR when you get a brand new mega-sized TV with 3D, a curved screen, 4K resolution and all the latest bells and whistles?

If you have a head tracker, it will enhance your experience.

If you have an OR, it will mean nothing but sitting in front of your new monster TV (which you cannot see), trying in vain to find the bowl of peanuts on the coffee table whilst all your mates laugh at the idiot with the headgear on.

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Clive Galway

Good.

Maybe this will cause people to STFU about OR for a bit.

I fail to see what new IP they are bringing to the table, and they are taking away spotlight from already available solutions that IMHO fill the gap better (ie Head tracking).

Too many games promised support for TIR5 / Freetrack, then as soon as OR comes along they forget all about it - totally missing the point that existing head trackers provide superior motion tracking (OR is accelerometer based tracking - ie relative, not absolute) for a fraction of the cost, and still work with your big-screen TV, plus allow you to see the controls.

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Chicago man lobs class-action sueball at MtGox

Clive Galway

TV News articles need to start pronouncing the name correctly.

Referring to them as "Mount Gox" is only giving them a shred of credibility. If they used the correct name of "Magic: the Gathering Online eXchange", then the viewer reaction changes very rapidly to uncontrollable laughter and ridicule.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

Clive Galway

Re: One very important thing...

It actually is already.

Partitioning by the user is not supported by default, it uses the whole drive and partitions it as it sees fit.

To select your own partitioning scheme, you need to use something like YeOldeSteamOSe.

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Clive Galway

Re: Try game streaming now

If the game is not being run on the same PC, you only need hardware powerful enough to stream a video over a network and route input instructions to the main PC.

People are doing it with Raspberry Pis for god's sake. If that is powerful enough, any PC that still works will be.

Unfortunately I was not aware of YeOldeSteamOSe at the time, so it does indeed seem that any old hardware will do.

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Clive Galway

Try game streaming now

The one downside to SteamOS that I have come across so far is that it requires a UEFI BIOS, thus limiting the amount of old hardware that can be re-purposed to Steamboxes.

This is slightly mitigated though by the fact that cheap UEFI motherboards can be picked up on ebay for about £25.

Also, the game streaming is not implemented yet, but there is a way to get a taste of it now, via the open source project Limelight.

Someone reverse engineered nVidia SHIELD and the Steam streaming tech, and have released a client for Windows/Android/IOS.

It's rather nice to be able to play games on your front room TV using any old PC/Laptop as a thin client.

As time goes by, I can see a large proportion of PC gamers migrating their old hardware to Steamboxes - thus filling that front room niche and reducing the demand for consoles.

I see a rosy future for HTPC / SFF case manufacturers, not so much for MS and Sony.

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

Clive Galway

You sir, are either a troll or a retard.

The shop analogy presented before is watertight. From the parent's perspective, they are authorizing ONE payment of a known value. Unless there is an option to say "No, I do not want a 15 minute window", or even something on-screen to let them know there IS a 15-minute window, then the problem lies with Apple.

If you paid for a magazine for your child with your card at a checkout, and while you were bagging up, the child picked up some sweets and placed them on the counter - the clerk charging those sweets to your card without your authorization would clearly be wrong.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

Clive Galway
FAIL

Stupid that people are still getting caught out on this one.

Why oh why do these morons not use a hidden volume? Just put some mildly interesting files (porn being the obvious choice, or naked pics of the wife) inside the outer volume, and all the really naughty stuff inside the inner hidden volume.

Voila, instant plausible deniability.

Do terrorist training schools have an equivalent to OFSTED? Anyone got the address of the complaints dept?

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Clive Galway

Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......

The laws on revealing passwords when requested by the police waive your right to silence in that matter, that is the whole point of them.

IANAL, but AFAIK it is the only law where you are legally required to incriminate yourself.

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Clive Galway

Password != Pass Phrase

Curiously the password "turned out to be the same phrase from the Koran that Hussain had used before on other devices”

"Why didn't authorities try the same password on the 3rd USB device, which NTAC had found for first 2 USB devices?"

Clearly he used the same phrase, but transcribed differently (eg Sur4ht4ub4h8 instead of $ur4ht4ub4h8)

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

Clive Galway

Re: Was it placed there by

Hold It Down, mate.

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

Clive Galway
Coat

If you want to make things go faster...

... you want ComeOnEileen.

Unfortunately its only good for one use, and will leave you with a strange desire to wear dungarees.

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PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

Clive Galway

My counter prediction

By 2017 (maybe a little longer, certainly by 2020 IMHO), consoles as we know them will have crashed and burned.

Consumers will become sick and tired of game pricing, being told what they can and cannot do on their consoles (eg removal of features available on previous generations such as DLNA), being forced to pay a monthly subscription to play online, and the lack of backwards compatibility.

This may not totally revive the fortunes of the PC market, but it will help considerably. Traditional PC makers such as Dell may not see much of a resurgence, but makers of SteamOS consoles (Which are just PCs in SFF cases) will, as obviously will the likes of nVidia, AMD and Intel.

Yes, PC hardware is more expensive (Due to subsidies on consoles), but over the life of the product will end up cheaper due to the lower cost of games, and not having to shell out a monthly fee to play online. With an expected generation life of 10 years, to play online for that period would cost you about £400 with XBOne for example. Factor that in and suddenly the TCO of a Steam box is way, way lower.

As time goes by, this will become more and more true until the point where PC hardware will have reduced in price whilst gaining in power to the point that building a superior specced PC/SteamBox will be cheaper than buying a console. In fact, if you factor in a 10 year lifespan, plus the cost of playing online for that time with a console, it is already cheaper to buy a PC than an XBone (£429 for console, plus £400 for 10 years subscription) to play the latest games online. Comparisons are already showing up on youtube of BF4 gameplay on a $500 PC compared to a next-gen console, and the PC more than holds its own.

Death of the PC? Nope, this is the beginning. Death of Windows maybe - but not PC hardware.

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Microsoft Dynamics advert

Clive Galway

Microsoft Dynamics advert

This banner ad at the top of the page starts playing audio when the mouse moves over it - no click required.

Not only that, but if you click to silence it, it keeps playing the video (although muted), and once it is finished, resets the mute status - so if you later mouse back over it, it starts playing the audio again despite me having already clicked mute!

Please sort it out - you are welcome to your advertising, but I do not feel such intrusive advertising measures are appropriate on this site.

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Apple dodges data privacy sueball: Fanbois didn't RTFM*, says judge

Clive Galway

Ask the Judge what the privacy policy is for her phone...

I doubt she would know, so why does she expect others to?

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Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

Clive Galway

Re: Sir

I still say that will not work as well as you think.

I reckon you would be better off with a HOTAS system in your hands, and a joypad on your lap for extra buttons. At least then when you grab the thing, you can instantly tell where the rest of the buttons are by feel.

A flat panel with arrays of switches and stuff would be too hard to operate blind - you are going to need some kind of haptic feedback that tells you with one touch where your hand is in relation to all the buttons on the panel - otherwise you will be devoting too much concentration to find the control you want.

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Clive Galway

Oh my, a lot of fanbois voting me down it seems without even considering how these things work.

"You're right that if you want to go online and pwn some n00bs in TF2, the Rift will, by its nature, be a handicap - I think it's hard to beat mouselook for efficiency in aiming."

Dumb comment. No-one is suggesting that OR be used to control aiming, that would clearly be stupid.

In response to saying you cannot see the keyboard - "which competitive gamer cannot touch type?"

Are you SERIOUS? Go play a flight sim, put a cloth over the keyboard and try to hit the myriad of controls without hitting the wrong key by mistake. Go on, try it now. Rest your hand on the WSAD keys, close your eyes and see how long it takes you to find numpad 5.

And forget about if you do not use a computer for a living - I have mates who play FPS and still need to look at the keyboard to the correct number key.

"especially for Star Citizen including a dedicated button/switch console that maps to keys for the in-game controls."

Yeah good luck with that, it's a very tall order. You will be limited to one kind of ship only - if the ingame console moves, you are screwed. Furthermore, most likely you will want some kind of amplification of your head movements, else it will get very uncomfortable to try and look over your shoulder whilst operating the stick and throttle. If you have any kind of amplification, the virtual buttons will not correspond in 3D space with your physical console.

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Clive Galway
FAIL

I wish people would stop going on about OR

And actually make use of the hardware that is superior and available now.

Optical head tracking (eg TrackIR) is vastly more superior to OR's inertial tracking, plus you can build one yourself, there are plenty of instructions on the internet and it will work with any display - even a wall of 4K monitors.

3D is subjective. For competitive gaming, it gets in the way. You certainly would not want to play a 6 hour marathon with a VR headset. Players of games with lots of controls (flight sims, MMOs etc) will not likely buy them, because you cannot see the keyboard while playing. I can also see parents not buying them for kids because they perceive that it will cut them off from the real world more. I can also see safety issues - people will try it standing up and fall over and into the telly etc.

An expensive gimmick.

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Sysadmins forced to CLEAN UP after bosses WATCH SMUT at work

Clive Galway

Not just infections

Many years ago, when bandwidth was much more of a limited resource, we were finding that once a month our off-site friday backup would fail.

Until I noticed that also on that same day, one of the bosses from the states was generally over.

I eventually found out that he liked to nip back to the office for some porn surfing after going to the pub.

I then had the unenviable task of having to kindly request that he didn't chew up all our bandwidth on a friday night...

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

Clive Galway

I think they did, but it was a fuel flow issue. I reckon they either didn't strut enough or went too heavy on the time acceleration and the physics went all screwy.

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BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE

Clive Galway

Always preferred resistive

So we are back to the beginning are we?

I always preferred pressure based (Which the old resistive screens were), it was only because they didn't come out with multi-touch resistive quite in time that I think capacitive so took over.

Also resistive is unaffected by rain on the screen, and usable without special gloves - much better here in the UK.

I suspect this will be some form of capacitive hack, rather than just accepting pressure based is better, but whatever.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

Clive Galway

Re: Nice

Thanks for this one - not a site I knew about.

From now on I will be directing all the family and friends I support to ninite, should save me having to go over or remote in to be sure they do not get junk they don't want.

IMHO there needs to be legislation. It should be against the law to have boxes ticked by default that install extra software. All it would take is for one or two of the bigger markets (eg UK, US, EU) to lead the way, and many of the distribution channels (SourceForge, CNET etc) would need to fall into line else have a compliance nightmare on their hands.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

Clive Galway

Favorite office pranks

Wasn't so much into that stuff, office pranks were more my thing...

1) Screenshot someone's desktop, move the desktop contents somewhere else and set the screenshot as their desktop.

This is a great one for those (l)users who think they know it all.

2) Swap out their keyboard for one with keys rearranged or otherwise mucked about with. A favorite was to see how many swear words you could spell with the available letter keys.

3) Back in the Quake days, when we had our Friday afternoon LAN game of quake, we doctored the client of the managers to have a super hi-viz skin as they were all camping bastards. They never twigged this one, because when you saw your own body on the ground, you always saw the default skin.

4) Seeing how gullible the management / marketing bods were.

We once convinced them that we had developed "Double sided sprite technology".

5) Plug a second mouse into a colleague's PC (Preferably a wireless receiver inside the machine connected to an unused front panel header on the motherboard). Move very slightly every so often.

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Clive Galway

No, it is "Kinetic Recalibration"

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OAR-some! 18ft SEA SERPENT discovered off US coast

Clive Galway

"It took 25 of us to pick it up"

In the picture, it is being held by about 12 people. In fact, some appear to be resting on it.

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

Clive Galway
Joke

After other recent relevations (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2456651/), let's hope that WHSMith don't sign up to this book delivery service - that would be wrong on so many levels.

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

Clive Galway
WTF?

How is this, in any way, shape or form, a "Cloud"?

If there is only one of them, it is not a Cloud.

It's just an FTP server for god's sake.

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Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

Clive Galway

Just watched it, what a waste of an hour and a half.

Either it was trying to be way too arty or it was just the output from a random number generator.

Seriously. What the hell was that film about? Was there any point to it whatsoever? Did it have anything valid or original to say at all?

Poor acting, no plot WHATSOEVER, just a bunch of scenes that make you feel awkward with a very tenuous link between them.

** SPOILER ALERT ***

And as to the subject matter - are they trying to induce nerd rage or what? Computers that have seemingly achieved sentience but are told to stop asking questions. Computers deciding to only want to play humans, when they would have no way of knowing which was which. A computer that asks "What is the highest value?", to which the reply is a text string "INFINITY". Well either the computer will already have a concept of infinity , or not - the string "INFINITY" isn't gonna help dick all in that respect. All these things just make no sense if you have any understanding of computers, and especially the subject matter (AI).

Go watch Zardoz instead - it may be just as shit, but it will make more sense.

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OCZ balances books, files results following 4-year omnishambles

Clive Galway

Agreed.

Vertex 4 #1: Failed in 6 months.

Vertex 4 #2: Replacement DOA

Vertex 4 #3: Received a couple of days ago, sphincter still not fully relaxed yet.

For #2, when I reported it, OCZ asked me to reflash the firmware. Seriously? You just shipped me a refurb drive and you didn't think to do that yourselves? Didn't solve anything, was still dead.

And the bastards expected me to pay for delivery and insisted it was wrapped in "2 inches of bubble wrap", when they shipped it to me with no bubble wrap whatsoever.

Will not be buying their products again.

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Clive Galway

Occulus rift... pah.

Why are people so fixated on OR?

It obscures your view (Have to play with a controller or HOTAS system) and It is expensive.

Plus it only does 4DoF properly (Uses accelerometers, so translations will be non-existent or shit)

Why are people paying so much attention to this when we already have way better head tracking tech in the guise of TrackIR / FaceTrackNoIR.

Hell, if you already have a webcab, you can have head tracking for FREE. Why bother with this flash-in-the-pan bullshit?

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

Clive Galway
FAIL

Gonna have to call a FAIL on this one.

What controllers need is a TRACKBALL, not a touchpad.

You cannot properly play an FPS with a touchpad, but you can with a trackball.

This is why there is so much complaining in the console market about players with custom controllers whooping the ass of everyone else - IT WORKS!

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

Clive Galway

GTA V - PS3 unplayable

I am a PC gamer in general, and I have to say that for me GTA V on the PS3 is pretty much unplayable.

The framerate is awful - how are you meant to do proper car chases in 20FPS?

The controls leave a LOT to be desired - having to click in the L+R stick to activate the time dilation is about the worst choice possible - click in the thing you are STEERING with, whilst clicking in the thing that LOOKS AROUND? No, no, no that isn't going to lead to you veering off course, looking behind you as you move the stick slightly when you try to click it in.

Of course, no way to change controls on the PS3 beyond the few options (All of which suck) for joypad setup.

Such a pity, the game itself is great. Will wait until XMas for the PC version, but not holding out much hope for that - most likely another god awful port with no control options other than an XBOX joypad (ie no proper support for my logitech G27, like the last GTA game I bought).

Sigh, this is exactly the reason why SteamBox is going to rip consoles a new one. If you spend all that cash on development, but can't even make the game run at a stable 30 (or better yet 60), then what the hell is the point of a console??

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100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

Clive Galway

The first question to ask before making any move

What kind of internet connections are available?

How far am I from my local exchange?

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Adapteva ships Kickstarted baby supercomputer boards

Clive Galway

Usable for video capture?

I have been wondering when these new breed of micro computing devices will get powerful enough to be used for high resolution, high framerate video capture.

There isn't a product on the market around the £100 mark that will let you capture 1200p video and real-time encode it to H264, I would even be happy with a downscale to 720p or 1080p - but all the products available framerate-limit and/or res-limit your main monitor.

PC Gamers would buy these by the bucketload if something like this could be turned to such a purpose.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

Clive Galway

Re: Haha ha ha

The idea is that Jesus told the disciples before he ascended to heaven that "What the church holds true on earth, god holds true in heaven" or some words to that effect.

Basically - the church can say whatever it wants and god will make it true.

The idea is ridiculous and I am surprised the church is still using it, as anyone with half a brain would realize that if this is the case, the church could magic away all the world's ills with but a word from the pope.

So either he isn't doing it (In which case he is a bit of a bastard) or he can't (he is faking it).

Either way, it single-handedly disproves the legitimacy of the church.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

Clive Galway

Many years ago, when working for a company, I changed one of the manager's WFW boot up screen to subtly read "Windows for Wankgroups". Took him over a month to notice.

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Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm

Clive Galway
Trollface

"Shitstorm fills a gap in the German vocabulary "

Seriously? There are gaps in German vocabulary? I thought they could bolt whatever the hell they liked together - something like "Astormcomprisedentirelyofexcrement"

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

Clive Galway

Re: ::pops some corn & grabs a beer::

"Also science isn't everything, there are arts, literature, philosophy non of these things are scientific or scientifically provable, but they exist and we are the richer for them."

I am pretty sure that if you go to a library, you can prove that literature exists.

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Clive Galway

Re: Any pointers on how I can be a better agnostic?

It is even more liberating to not entertain the idea as possible unless a proponent of the idea can prove it is so.

I suggest you read Russell's Teapot Argument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell's_teapot - are you as agnostic about the chances of Jehova existing as you are that Zeus and Apollo exist?

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

Clive Galway

Brilliant place - I once spent a whole weekend there doing an Airsoft (Paintball without the paint) event. Realistic looking weapons and mag caps, "time-in" for the whole weekend (As in an attack could come at any time) - was very cool.

The public liked it too as they got to see "soldiers" walking around the place making it look lived in.

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300 UK domains pilfered, MASSIVE security lapse blamed

Clive Galway

That's funny. Kinda like when an ISP offers you static IP(s) for a monthly fee.

Immediately sets alarm bells ringing that one.

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4K video may wow vidiots, but content creators see pitfalls

Clive Galway

Re: Back-of-napking calculations

I know. Just when you thought they had settled on a sensible system, where the unchanging vertical component was quoted and the width is a ratio of the height (dependent on aspect ratio), they go and throw it out the window!

Next they will be varying the normal framerate by region again, plus because of the bandwidth reqs they go to interlaced formats and we will be back to PAL / NTSC nightmares. I know, let's just chuck in nonsquare pixels again for the hell of it.

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