* Posts by bitten

123 posts • joined 8 Feb 2010

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Our present day view is that the industrial revolution was already 40 by the time Jérôme-Adolphe Blanqui was born. History is a moving target.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Pesky base 60 trigonometry is not Babylonian?

Glad to know that the minutes and seconds stuff was invented by those decadent Greeks. Did Babylonian kids memorise the base sixty multiplication table?

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Re: What this implies

The camels bringing him back 2700 years ago at best.

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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Re: 0th

Asimov books were strange, he first implemented abstract laws then decided to show cases were it failed. Sometimes it failed differently on the next iteration for added storytelling. Where a less intelligent person would have ditched the idea from start.

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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

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Re: I wonders whether rooms 1738, 1740, 1742 and 1744 will be booked...

Trying to imagine food underground: Mushrooms, meat and eggs from protected species, dogs, humans ... ? Maybe there is a reason those people stay out of the US.

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The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Black Helicopters

Re: Dane Geld

Didn't Downing street throw civil rights activist out of helicopters back then, you can believe in peace, tolerance, democracy, just not too loud. Tinfoil hat jokes are sometimes just a cover up.

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Re: Old rule of the British upper classes.

The upper class rule is always be in for more.

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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In series they always refer to the arrest database rather than to condemnation data. It's always weird to see someone described by his arrest record. I know that freedom of speech doesn't apply to me and can get me arrested the moment I enter the US.

Now in some cases the complaints record could be significant (bill Cosby) where arrests and condemnations are blank.

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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It's based on the Wizard of Oz: A scarecrow, a lion, a tin man, a dog, a wizard, the good witch and the black wicked witch.

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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It was standard. Here people fighting in or for a foreign country lost their nationality. It's not allowed anymore on an international level, so we keep sponsoring fighting now. And as long as our next neighbor has not his huge armies massed at the border waiting for an excuse, it's not really a problem anymore.

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Coat

It's about money right? Nothing technical to those updates it's just a way to implement a Microsoft tax.

Already today, for a small company updating computers make 50%+ of the money go to Microsoft. But people could wait 7 years to do that, not anymore.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Throwing the first lego stone

In need of new units here, how many lego fails in one smug?

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

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Re: Military-industrial 101

Unibody is American through Joseph Ledwinka (Austrian) Citroen went to them for its Traction (1934).

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: Trademarks?

Trademarks are for large companies not regional dishes. I guess it is possible to get the trademark or a patent on a regional product.

Here we serve steak tartar as 'steak américain'

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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Still surviving on a starving Opera 12 this could be good news.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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Re: And the prixe for

It is an article about the future of internet. Beer has no future (once poured in a glass).

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: There... completed the assignment and used them all.

If I remember it right archaeologists claim that the Hebrews are the Philistines with the Late Bronze Age collapse in between them.

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Forget the climate: Fatties are a much bigger problem - study

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Pint

Re: Muscle, not fat

Post 1989 overweight is not pre 1989 overweight. In older days there was fat and healthy, not anymore. Healthy and anorexic on the other hand (was 20 is now 18,5) is the new standard.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Big as a whale shark?

Nearly as big as a whale shark, but a lot smaller than some whales And yes mini 'combat' submarines are still smaller.

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Steve Jobs' bio man tackles geeks who 'created the digital revolution'

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The Turk

One of the first great computers is the chess playing mechanical turk. Smoke and mirrors, but at the same time more real than Babbage (collectible) industrial garbage.

This kind of books is a modern form of religious litterature, with creational myths and his pantheon of deities-saints to be explained and quoted to the believers.

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Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator's independence

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The commission needs to be created out of sunshine and fresh air (and something with an unicorn I don't remember), ensuring it's absolute independence

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Filament?

The sun is just falling apart to form two separate stars. The filament story is just for the panick prone.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Pint

Of course they still need hundreds of trucks to bring the malt in and the ... trub out.

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Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'

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Predicting the past

Boffins predicting yesterdays good enough schemes

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: Nice?

Oh mine, there is even a difference between what I say and what I do.

As for Hermione, I mostly read her as Herman and Harry Potter was Harriette, just to check the equalities (it sometimes helps with some authors)

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Nice?

She earned fortune and fame representing a not so nice-friendly person, and now she proposes everyone should to be nice? Come on Hermione, cool down, you signed that 'be nice' paper, did you?

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: Why does the Moon have gravity?

"All physical bodies with mass exert a gravitational effect on everything".

We are talking about a simulator implementing a pure Newtonian universe (making abstraction of Newton's view of photons etc.) So no gravity effects on light, scores, lives ...

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Flame

Fight it out

Allen has the best lawyers, but the faundation still has tanks.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: what i would like to know

Are the new scans not from Boltzmann but from ORBit?

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Iraq: 500000 to 1000000+ deaths up and counting. Oh, and some harsh word exchanges on the social media.

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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I wish life was always that simple

Take regular news, just add [Satire] et voila!

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Hello there and goodbyes here

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Coat

Losers

Stumbled on this paranoiacs cave, no social accounts either, but common every decent human I know has one.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Paris Hilton

Combined words with uppercase are so safe where in lowercase are just weak and just remember replace e with 3 and i with 1 to make it much stronger

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Pirate

London, is that the new name for Tortuga?

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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Came after the HP-25, so?

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Beastie Boys parody sueball tennis ends after toy firm yanks Girls

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Coat

Re: "by being the first to get there"

Guernica? We are talking Picasso here, it´s stolen of course, from Rubens in this case.

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

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Re: Oh noes...

I have only seen the first, episode whatever, and went back to Valérian after that.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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It's more painful to Microsoft than Apple I think as Apple does not aim to anything other than the premium market.

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UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

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Boffin

"lead-lined boxes" the lead is against superman x-ray vision, whatever that is

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Good idea, and in the meantime Android on a Microsoft-Nokia. Please?

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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Happy

Awesome

So now I can see a Bieber clip and share with likeminded the joy, where others would only see the echoes of their private hell.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Re: Back of the envelope calculation

A good way to kill yourself was to pressurize a car tire to 10 bar and look at what happens when the tire explodes.

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Google rolls its eyes, gives Windows Phones five more months to sync

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Does Google pay a license for this?

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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Black Helicopters

Re: First political dissident

This is a post 1986 remark, the American history is a blank slate. Job well done.

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China’s state-run rags brand Mars One mission a scam

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Wait until the preliminary selection:

Test 1 basics: Stay on a rock somewhere in the pacific for 19 (maybe 30) months with a very limited supply of food, water and booze and a gun with one bullet. Most scammers will chicken out.

Test 2 ....

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

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Pint

Re: For $2.49

That's also why I don't drink beer unless it's 50 cents the pint

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Mushroom

What's wrong with looking for chubby .... wait .... oh

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Most brain science papers are neurotrash: Official

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Re: Don't believe everything you read

No, he believes everything he writes, just not this one.

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Terminator

Re: One major disadvantage robots have over humans:

I am not certain, the moment the robots come up with more armor than a human, say 30kg*3 and more firepower a M2 (not a puny M60 like Rambo) people may think twice.

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