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1827 posts • joined 21 May 2010

MAVEN snaps eight-bit SPACE INVADER

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So fret not:

"So fret not: better pics of Comet Siding Spring are doubtless in the works"

I don't care!!!! The photo was taken by a frikken remote controlled atomic tank from the surface of another frikken planet. Said tank even has frikken lasers. That's already frikken cool!1!!one!!

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LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved

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Re: "hints that there are probably thousands of dinosaurs that we still do not know about"

"Frankly, I've thought of flogging a book on a dinosaur culture that was similar to ours, but died off and the concrete, steel and even plastics broke down and left the cemeteries dissolved over the millions of years since their passing."

Been done. Sort of. Harry Harrison beat you to it. Although considering how long we humans have been around and we are already doing genetic engineering, maybe there was a dinosaur civilisation experimenting way back then. They had way longer than we've had so far.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: How much?

"did the Dragon 32 use a 6800x too?"

Dragon and TRS-80 Color[sic] Computer used 8-bit 6809, not 16 bit 68000.

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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Re: Not such a bad idea

"If there is a charge per GB how long will the advertising funding model work?"

Exactly! Who in their right mind would NOT block as many ads as possible when the recipient has to pay to receive them.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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"For companies that have to pay "licencing costs" to overseas subsidiaries revenue directed to those costs would be taxed prior to the money leaving the country."

Although I think I see where you are coming from with that, the problem is that a lot of manufacturing, both physical and non-tangible (eg computer games) is likely to be paying licensing fees for at least some of the components.

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Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill

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Re: It is is still an E.L.E. - No it is not

"It could cause local devastation and some global cooling (due to dust) but it is too small to cause major global damage. If (for example) such an object hit in the middle of the UK there would be little damage (if any) to more distant parts of the EU (e.g. Italy and Spain) let alone to the rest of the world."

What if it hits in the sea? That wet stuff that covers 3/4 of the earths surface. That'd be some pretty big waves. I'd not like to be too close to beach on that day although I'm sure some daft bugger would try to surf it.

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Re: Great Scott!

"My hat is off to them."

Me too!

"I am almost tempted to get me some copper sulphate and start electro plating!!"

A cheaper alternative non-ferrous conductor might be roles of aluminium baking foil glued to some ply or chipboard :-)

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: Still a little harsh

"why on Earth should the ISPs get landed with the bill?"

You raise an excellent point. Should the various worlds Post Offices be obliged to stop scam letters being sent through their systems, eg the scammy "lottery" schemes etc (it's "easy", they have physical addresses at least on the inside)? If not, why not? It's as if the lawmakers think that anything illegal and internet related, not being physical, is easy and cost-free to block.

Using this new blocking logic, then how come so much money is "lost" from illegal downloads since not being physical, obviously have little real value. :-)

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EU digi tzar: 'I like the nickname STEELIE NEELIE. Yeah, why not'

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"...it's a stupid line to be only the pipe owner,"

"Steelie Neelie said. She argued that telcos should be creating specialised services"

That sounds like she's in favour of bringing back the likes of AOL and Compuserve. We already know what happened to that model.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: New name needed.

"In the early days of the internet there used to be an actual art to trolling"

Exactly. It's another example of "outsiders" mis-understanding a term, the media picking it up and running with it such that the term ends up with the new and incorrect meaning. Wannabee "cool kids" who don't actually understand what "cool" is, never mind what the "cool kids" are actually saying.

After all, we who read here all know what a hacker is, but try telling the media that they have it all wrong and see how far you get.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Old news?

I'm pretty sure it's at least a few years since Govt. was talking about the "happiness index". It might even have been the last Labour Govt.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Depends on assumptions

"Some Skoda Fabias need the front bumper removing to replace the headlights,"

As does a Kia C'eed. But in my case it's a company car so not my problem.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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Coffee/keyboard

"bump to dump"

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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I'll toast you from my Lohan tankard...

...when it arrives.

Anyone got theirs yet? I gather the mugs have been dispatched from comments elsewhere.

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Re: Sorry to burst the bubble

Strangely, while listening to a SciFi audiobook in the car on Friday, one of the lines was "...and the guy from a British Tech rag..." and I immediately thought of ElReg and pictured Lester at the press shindig :-)

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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"Doesn't it frighten you that someone is his position actually verbalises these kind of thoughts?"

Oh, yes <shivers>

Oddly, I just read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. An interesting scenario and despite apparently being aimed at teens, makes some good points. Especially in the afterwards. It's free to download under a Creative Commons Licence.

I must admit to smiling sardonically at the ironic concept of hacked XBoxes running linux to build a darknet to combat the DHS :-)

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Re: Nice to see the Reg is really trying hard...

"They never phone do they, just like the girl that dumps you and you hope she'll call...

But she never does because she's already got someone else."

In this analogy, "she" has lots of other partners, so maybe you're implying Apple is like a high class whore who's choosy about her punters?

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Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

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..but when the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland needs to talk to the local head honchos of Google et al, it must be fun to say, "no, I insist, please visit me at my office...if you can find it. I'll put the kettle on."

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: I Want To Believe

"Yes, they want you to believe."

Every time a Physicist says "I don't believe it", a fusion fairy dies.

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Re: 10 years

"It might change everything"

First, most of the oil companies go bust (a few will survive. We use crude oil for a lot more than "just" fuel). Next,the solar/wind companies go bust. Everyone in the electric car supply chain make out like bandits. The financial markets are in upheaval as everyone tries to sell fossil fuel shares and buy anything else. I suspect an initial financial crash, worldwide, which will take a few years to recover from.

The biggest problem is that all the above would happen more or less overnight while the fabled cheap fusion is only just starting to come off the production line.

I reckon all the naysayers are wrong. Everyone knows that Lockheed Martin, the Skunkworks in particular, has links to Area 51. :-)

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: Utopian drivel

"A more pressing concern is that not voting is a valid choice. I didn't have any acceptable choices for MP at the last general election, so I didn't cast a vote for any of the candidates."

I don't see that as a valid reason for objecting to compulsory voting (although there are other valid reasons) since a ballot can be spoiled, thus venting your spleen or alternatively, part of a change to compulsory voting would be add a "None of the above" choice on the ballot which is counted, totalled and announced as part of the results.

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"This statement belittles the contribution of every woman working in the industry."

Abso-bloody-lutley? My wife for one! She once made a web page. With a picture of our cat on it. With a little help from me (a man. Oh, I feel so ashamed!)

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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Re: CARDASHIAN

I think you have the Cardassians mixed up with the Kardashians.

It's easily done, but a good way to remember which is which is that the Cardassians are bad-ass and the Kardashians have bad ass.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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A colossal blunder?

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"Despite what many claim, I don't believe that the IT industry in general is "Institutionally Sexist", it may well be male dominated, but that isn't the same thing."

Yup. And as a polar opposite example, Nursing is almost entirely a female profession.

Despite the protestations of ardent feminists, males and females are not the "same" or "equal" in general. It's rare that any two people are. Equal opportunity allows people to choose, not to force all work types/fields to have equal representation.

There is more and more research demonstrating differences in the way male and female brains operate, so it's likely that in general males and females will choose different career paths to suit them.

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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"a weaponized Powerpoint document"

Yeah,that phrase caught my attention too. It just sounds sooooo wrong. On the other hand, many people who have sat through an average Powerpoint presentation might assume all PP documents are weaponised.

A QOTW candidate if ever there was one.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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Re: I find this report...still have Glonass and Magellan...

"French GPS"

The French have their own GPS fleet up there? When did that happen?

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: Only if

"Steve Ballmer's new job is with Arianspace."

But....he only launches through windows.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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There may be very few of them...

...but IIRC this is at least the third one to pop up at auction in the last few years. Maybe forward looking collectors are now cashing in their "pensions"? :-)

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"The largest Fireball was 60 GB. Smallest was 1 GB."

He probably meant a 5.25" Quantum Bigfoot, 50MB (I'm not sure if they got as big as 500MB)

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: who?

"Well, Wikipedia would rather you not know about all the things he fabricates:"

From the page you linked:

"...we have historical evidence that Jesus Christ existed."

Umm, we have? When? What?

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Look ma, no hands! The machines are speaking our language

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Re: Is there a non-proprietary 'app' for this?

I think you may be disregarding inflation. My first job in 1982 paid £1.20 per hour and that was a "living wage" back then.

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Re: Very positive slant

"Add to that the loss of ability to scan and pick up on the auto errors (trusting the tech to get it right more often than a dyslexic would) and it may not always be the thing to do."

A dyslexic could always proof read it by feeding the text back through a text-to-speech engine.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: What were the criteria for model selection???

"It looks like they had a price range of £350-400"

Yes, it does appear that way. I suppose if one is prepared to pay ~£200 for the OS and software, they might be economical. Personally, I found that shopping around for an unpopulated HP Prolient Microserver at £150 (£100 after the cashback offer at the time) installing FreeBSD, ZFS for RAID and webmin for managing it was a far more economic result.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Re: Retro

I wonder if the Apple ][ emulator will pass muster?

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: change your passwords regularly

"So naturally everyone writes the passwords down on a sheet of paper under the keyboard."

...or re-use the same password with MMYY tacked on the end. Users will always find the easy way, even if that decreases security.

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NSA spying will shatter the internet, Silicon Valley bosses warn

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FTFY

"Congress putting aside party political division to do what was right for American businesses"

Congress putting aside party political division to do what was right for American people.

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Strange tale of an angry bean counter, Comcast and a shock 'firing'

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Re: all you whiners

"They can just track your IP address."

Whoooooooooooosh

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Microsoft: Yeah, about that 50% post-Christmas customer price hike...

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Re: Fuck you, Microsoft

"People will now think long and hard about upgrades (simply not doint them) and even (hurrah) to Linux."

I remember a friend saying, many years ago while bemoning the latest tax increase on cigarettes, that if they ever went above 2 quid a pack he'd quit. He's still smoking nearly 40 a day at 7 quid a pack.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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They'll use the Google defense

An adobe spokesman said that the phone home data slurping was a simply a test project carried out by one of the developers on his "20% project time" and it accidentally got left in the final production code.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: "Inflatables in spaaace"

<groan>

Although to be pedantic, the first inflatable in space was Echo 1, an inflated, silvered balloon to bounce radio signals off.

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Re: Starbucks, google, amazon...

Their SPOKESman refused to confirm or deny the rumours leading to a circular discussion with no end in sight as, at the hub of it all, Apple fritters away money on vanity projects.

<rim-shot>

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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Re: More of this sort of thing

Likewise, running Windows 3.1 on an Amiga in an MSDOS emulator was fun, if ultimately pointless. It worked but was so slow I noticed that the windows 3.1 boot logo is drawn line by line from the bottom up :-)

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"I could think of 10 million more ways to use my time more constructively"

I'm sure you could, but this kid is only 16 years old FFS. His idea of fun is just so different from yours it's on another planet. In a different solar system. In a Galaxy far, far away.

At 16, he's probably more interested in showing off to his friends and saying, "hey, look at this shit. Just like grandad used to have but mine's in a watch instead of a huge beige box"

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Hey, get the ZUCK up – let's unionize Facebook buses, cry Teamsters

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what's it got to do with Facebook...

...how much the drivers are paid? Or if they are in a union or not?

"Loop Transportation, the company it contracts for bus service"

Oh, I see, shout about a big company and how they are stiffing the poor working Joes to grab some headlines.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute between the drivers, the union and Loop Transportation, there's just a service contract between Loop Transportation and Facebook. Drivers wages and conditions are not part of Facebooks concerns, certainly not to the extent that the Union need to ask Zucks blessing for unionisation. FB just put out a contract and bus companies bid for it. If said winning company can't pay their drivers enough based on their bid terms, then they need to pull out or renegotiate (and someone else might win it)

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‘This is 2LO calling’: Marconi transmitter, IBM Simon and more at the Science Museum

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“First Smartphone” the IBM Simon

What? Surely that should be the iPhone?

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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It's not even a robot.

It's just a radio controlled toy. I grew up with proper SciFi and the robots were always intelligent to some degree or other and able to operate autonomously. These toys can't do anything without the human operator pushing a button or waggling his joystick. It hasn't even got the ability to follow a preprogrammed path, let alone make decisions based on it's surroundings. At least the military UAVs have a bit more smarts than that.

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Re: "the machines are on the rise"

"They are armed with lasers as well."

...and a network of orbiting satellites too!!!

No one would have believed in the first years of the twenty first century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's ...

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: 1.3 billion tonnes

"the dogs are aliens who've been quietly exporting dog farts to a parallel universe to build up enough mass to swap the moon for a neutron-egg to hatch a space dragon"

I think you'll find that extra mass is soup.

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"Then there's the visual opening sequence... which is really, really tacky... oooh look spiral clocks... because he's a time lord... geddit... nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more, say no more."

Upvoted for that.

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Opinion

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Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

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Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
The full Spanglish breakfast: mealy pudding, bacon, black pudding, sausages, fried egg, toast
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Can the storage giant overcome a lack of necessary leadership?

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No, silly... he was the fall guy for years of Finnish folly
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Microsoft's strategy is to make Store apps popular. Good luck with that