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3285 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Famous 'Invisible Gorilla' trick vid gets sequel

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Did not see the gorilla

It might help that I did not read the article before looking at the video...

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Life on Earth gets wiped out every 27 million years, say boffins

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Statistics

I doubt any statistician was involved in the publication of this factoid. A statistician would have pointed out the existence of the Poisson process.

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Blizzard climbs down on real names for WoW forums

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Good for them

Not that I have the time to play any more, much less post in forums, but I do want to keep my gamer life as little obvious as possible, thankyouverymuch. I find perfectly normal that most people want the same.

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Miniature Apple display spotted in the wild

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I would say a back screen

The kind you can use on Nokia(?) phones to know if you are taking a picture of yourself or of the ceiling with the phone camera.

...Except that now that the iPhone has a front camera, it seems kind of useless. For taking high-quality pictures of you, maybe? (the back camera is better than the front one, right?)

Of course, it is also more useful on flip-open phones, because it acts as an outside screen when the phone is closed. Maybe Apple will have flip-open iPhones, now?

A touch pad might just be possible, but not a track pad - way too small for the appletastic pinch-and-sweep moves.

There is also a good chance that it is a prototype that will never see the day.

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Apple bars radiation nanny from App Store

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Holy...

Excuse me, I need to code a few apps as soon as possible...

...cosmic rays... hartmann network... dowsing... hmmm... natural waves...

There. Four apps for these people who are born every minute!

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Apple patent seeks to reinvent retail

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The hell you do

"We give examples (which may or may not have prior art), but the list is not complete. Which means: any idea that has not explicitly been used or patented yet belongs to us."

I will put a patent on "cool stuff like personal space ships and time travel." The list is not exclusive. From now on, anybody with a new cool idea will have to pay me royalties.

And THIS is what patent lawyer use to sue companies??

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Blizzard exposes real names on WoW forums

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No posting for me, thanks

Well, it does not matter to me anymore, since I have not played WoW for about two years, and never used the forum anyway... But I certainly would not want my future employers to Google me and find 1000+ posts on the WoW forums.

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Fusion reactor eats Euro science budgets

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Wow

Makes the LHC look cheap, with only 7 billions Euros or so...

But what wouldn't we do to support the economy?

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iRobot Roomba 581 robot cleaner

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Is this the Reg or what?

No mention of the Roomba open interface?

Of the Roomba-controlling hamster?

Of the Roomba with an airsoft gun?

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Apple, AT&T slapped with iPhone 4 lawsuit

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Bloody trolls

I believe it is the first time a telco is sued for failing to provide appropriate coverage...

But I am sure they have already legal words in their contracts to deny any responsibility or liability when you cannot make a phone call.

I am not a fanboy, but some lawyers belong to the flames.

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The long and the short-term of it: Apple's future

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Oh really?

"This isn't to say that the markets are right in these valuations, but to point out that they can only be explained by people being long term in their estimations of these values...."

That is the ONLY explanation? Wow. And here I was thinking that it could be a bubble, or that people could be buying because they are fanboys, or because they hope it will go up in the next month (and it likely will)... Good to know that the market always acts rational!

Beware of people who say there is only one explanation for anything in the stock market...

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Obama Twitter hacker avoids jail

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Lucky guy

If he had been in US he would have been convicted for high treason, I assume...

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Venus home to lost cities left by long-dead aliens, says ESA

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Well, if Al Gore is right...

At 2 degrees higher temperature per century, earth will be like Venus in only 20'000 years

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Verizon iPhone due 'early 2011'

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Rumours

How long did it take again, for the one about the Apple tablet to become true?

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Utah Attorney General tweets execution go-ahead

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Humane killing?

...not!

I'd piss in fear every single time I'm escorted down a corridor...

Maybe the most humane way would be to slip them a sleeping pill, then execute them in their sleep.

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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

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Disconnect

It is sad to see people like these, who feel they do not get enough respect from us, but react in ways that are so crazy to us that we lose what little respect we had for them.

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Firefoxers howl as privacy add-on auto updates with 'bloatware'

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Unjobsian?

I remember PC users of iTunes got Safari pushed to them in a very similar way...

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Apple's fresh Mac mini stripped naked

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Internal power supply

Was this not fingered as the cause of numerous failures of the time capsule?

Something about being difficult to cool the CPU when you have a damn heater in the box...

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Ten Essential... 500GB Portable Hard Drives

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Seconded

Comparing the article reveals that higher is better, but this was far from obvious looking at the graph.

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Sarko to walk tall in factory visit

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I guess the difference is that Obama does not pick people of the right color to appear with him so as to make him look good...

Cheers!

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iPhone manufacturer to shutter China factories

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Good move

I bet that will help the suicide rates.

800'000 people?? Thank god this is in China and not, say, Swtzerland...

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Apple lifted 'make web go away' button from open source

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Well, that's what Open Source means

Ok, not exactly, and there are many variants. But I guess that people doing open source should expect their code to be used, possibly even by soulless corporations like Micro^H^H^H^H^HGoog^H^H^H^HApple.

Telling the Readability project people would have been polite, but hey...

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AT&T to ax unlimited data plans on iPhone Monday

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Third reason

There is a perfectly good reason to cut prices, even for nasty greedy corporation, and that is to grab more market share. Then of course, they claim that 65% of customers do not use more than 200MB on average, but that could well mean they all use more every three months.

So far, I have mostly seen two types of reaction:

"How dare they!? How can I watch three hours a day of video with only 2GB?"

and

"Cool! I use less than 50MB anyway, welcome to low bills!"

Anyway, to those who gloat at the misfortune of AT&T customers, beware: Your turn WILL come.

The question is WHEN, not IF, other telcos will follow.

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Wikileaks denies Tor hacker eavesdropping gave site its start

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I believe I found a new oxymoron

- Military intelligence

- Microsoft works

And now, I claim:

- Internet security

It is incredible how much supposedly secret stuff can be found

apparently just by scooping it with a ladle.

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Mac spyware infiltrates popular download sites

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Better jump to Linux, then

It's going to be a while before anybody deems it interesting enough to hack...

Then FreeBSD, then... BeOS?

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Google misses German regulator Street Car Wi-Fi data grab deadline

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Who will watch the watchmen?

I believe the regulator is a little bit to hasty in claiming that the protection of private data does not apply when giving it to the regulator. In the United States, I have absolutely no doubt that this would lead to a class action, especially with such fat targets as Google and the government.

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Computing smart-scope gunsight for US snipers

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The US solution

In Yugoslavia, the merkins got rid of snipers with a subtle AC-130

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Google programming Frankenstein is a Go

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Sounds dangerous

How to mix better the disadvantages of both languages? Significant whitespace PLUS mandatory brackets PLUS apparently, implicit semi-colons. Add a bit of Perl do-what-I-mean, and maybe, who knows, undefined behavior, in the good ol' C tradition.

Do they have compiler macros too!?

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Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut

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Meet the government

I am reminded of de Niro in "Meet the parents":

- Have you ever smoked marijuana?

- Have you ever watched porn?

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Google backs open codec against patent trolls

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Stupid patent system

It seems really hard to just say: "We want this to be freely usable by anybody"

Maybe it would be easier to ban patent lawyers

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Canadian mobe firm sued over disappearing husband

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Only in AMERICA

Yes, it happened in AMERICA.

You are not the only people on this continent all you US citizens.

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The IT security blame game

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WTF?

No academics?

I did not fill the poll, but I am surprised this is not a choice under "type of business"...

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'Martin Mills you are a LEGEND!'

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@Dom S

Why do you stop at music? Why don't you claim that nobody should ever earn a salary, because they should just do what they like and give it away for free?

...Maybe it could be because you earn a salary yourself, and are not willing to give it up?

You mean you are doing your job for the money? Why don't you quit your job, forgo your salary and do something you ENJOY, you capitalist pig?

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The iPad: Unsubsidised, unaffordable, unloved?

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Welcome to middle-age

You just discovered that the world is not composed of other UNIX and storage administrators.

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Ellison slams former Sun CEO for blogginess

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Agree with this one

Having a CEO blog away means the CEO has too much time on his hands...

Either because the company is doing so well, or because he is ignoring the problems.

Plus, between the two, I think there is no doubt whatsoever who is the best CEO.

Plus, I don't like ponytails.

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Another suicide at Apple's Chinese supplier

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Actually, China has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world where women suicide more often than men...

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Come on, reg, write some real news stories

6 or 8 suicides on a workforce of 300'000 people?

The suicide rate in China is around 13 per 100'000, according to the Wikicult.

If the company had only 8 suicides this year, they are already way under the national average.

It might well be that people suicide for reasons that are entirely unrelated to their job, you know...

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Apple in shock talks with Reg reader

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Poor Steve

Gedikian - not the other

I don't think it is good for you when your boss forwards you complaints from the customers...

Cheer up, have a beer

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50 million user Scribd scraps Flash for HTML5

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Silicon Valley cult

Don't say that, you will never get invited to their events now!

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NASA tests amazing bailout rocket which will never be used

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Why not?

They had spent untold millions to build it, why not just spend an extra million to test it, just to see if it works? Anyway, the budget must have already been attributed for this test long ago.

And really, it makes no sense to spend 99% of your budget to build something, then throw away the result without checking if it works, just to save the remaining 1%. It is almost certain that the knowledge will be useful at some point, even if not for this particular project.

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'Minimalist, whimsical' Google search given Bing-like overhaul

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Don't have a sidebar either

But I note that if I look for Gordon Brown, I get in fifth place a sub-box with a scroll bar which continuously adds latest results for Gordon Brown, twitter-style. Never noticed this before...

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Applesoft, Ogg, and the future of web video

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Methinks the biggest problem is...

Ogg is a weird name. It does not sound good. If they had chosen a better name*, I am sure more people would be interested.

*No, not Weatherwax

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US boffin builds ultra-dense nanodot memory

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Easy to solve

Just ask the specialists at Dell to store it in a cardboard box. Or six.

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Apple rejects crazy canuck's seal bludgeon game

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This is inconsistent indeed, but...

The whole society is inconsistent in this precise manner. Nothing to do with Apple, really.

In fact, Apple is rather consistent in the sense that they are inconsistent at all times.

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IT consultant gets 5 years for plundering $2m

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Good that he got caught

But actually, I wonder why crooks like these do not escape before getting caught.

Or maybe we only get to hear about those that did not escape...

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New drug spray 'makes men as soppy as girls'

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Sexist

Show me Cute Overload any day, and I will coo and blubber too!

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SCO: jurors too busy Facebooking to rule on Unix claim

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Incredible

- No

- We want a bench trial!

- No

- We want a jury!

- No

- We want another jury... or a bench trial again... anything!

- What *** part of NO don't you understand??

SCO should get a soap opera award.

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Microsoft's Linux patent bingo hits Google's Android

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Revolting

Basically, Microsoft can lean on about any company in the world, and say:

"We think that maybe you owe us money. Now there's the easy way, and that is very easy. You pay a license fee, and that's the end of it.

Of course, you can also try the hard way. We have plenty of lawyers. We have plenty of money and we think nothing of a ten-years long legal battle, which would take 50% of your resources, and 0.1% of ours. Now which will it be?"

Schoolyard bully... On the other hand, Vetinari would be proud.

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California's 'Zero Energy House' is actually massive fossil hog

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Not quite

124 miles/Gallon would be about 1.897 litres per 100km.

The proper Yank unit for 3 litres per 100km is 78.4 miles/Gallon

Even if you mean the ol' Imperial Gallon instead of the Yank one,

it would still mean 2.278 litres per 100km, not 3.

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Cops raid Gizmodo editor in pursuit of iPhone 4G 'felony'

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Well, Gizmodo wins too

Gizmodo is getting advertisement like never before, and I am sure that Jason Chen himself is not regretting for a minute whatever it was that he did. As an aspirant journalist, he will likely consider it as a badge of honor. I doubt very much he will end up in jail, especially since he did eventually give back the iPhone.

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