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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

Hogwash McFly Easy solution (626 comments)

Just charge the one with the goatee.

about 2 years ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

Hogwash McFly Re:car not "stock"? (1176 comments)

Perhaps reading the vehicle's onboard computer will give some answers.

I'm afraid it won't let you do that, Dave.

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Hogwash McFly Re:Insanity, etc. (2987 comments)

What pharmaceuticals was this shooter taking?

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Hogwash McFly Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

We need to talk about bomb control.

about 2 years ago
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Did a Genome Copying Mistake Lead To Human Intelligence?

Hogwash McFly Re:More proof that copying is BAD! (381 comments)

Imagine if you had somesimple computer-generated music into which random mutations were introduced. These could be presented to listeners who would decide through an online vote the 'fitness' of the new segment over the original. Any mutations deemed favourable could be recombined into the 'genome' of the track. Would it be possible for a basic track to evolve gradually over time into a complex piece of music that sounds better at each stage?

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion

Hogwash McFly Re:One Billion? (162 comments)

The wonders of the Extrovert Economy.

more than 2 years ago
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What Book Publishers Should Learn From Harry Potter

Hogwash McFly Re:No DRM but has tracking (196 comments)

"I don't understand potions", said Ron gloomily.
"You don't understand anything!" said Hermione snootily.
"Cut it out, you two. I'm trying to watch the Quidditch", said John Thompson, the twenty eight year old living at 17 Acacia Avenue, Surrey, credit card number 5753100085692323.

more than 2 years ago
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4 UK Urban Explorers Face Orders Not To Talk With Each Other For 10 Years

Hogwash McFly Re:Unenforceable? (387 comments)

not fair

Life isn't fair.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

Hogwash McFly Re:Not just railway lines (329 comments)

Interesting. I live in Bath. Presumably you are referring to the A46? Do you have any links about these BBC journalists?

more than 2 years ago
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Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground

Hogwash McFly Re:Question: (269 comments)

Dig another hole to put the dirt in.

about 3 years ago
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Dell's Misleading Graphics Card Buying Advice

Hogwash McFly Re:I can't tell (381 comments)

Make sure you get the one with the bigger geebees.

about 3 years ago
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Doom 3 Source Released

Hogwash McFly Re:The Dark Mod! (187 comments)

Excellent mod. All stealth/sneaker fans should check it out, especially Thief fans.

about 3 years ago
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Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner

Hogwash McFly Re:Tools don't teach (478 comments)

Yes, books are quite good like that.

more than 2 years ago
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The Internet's New Alternate Reality

Hogwash McFly Re:kind of like the police (869 comments)

To take the Tooth Fairy example further, if we accept it is reasonable for a person to say "The Tooth Fairy does not exist" in day-to-day language without needing to add the disclaimer "of course, in a strictly scientific sense there is a small possiblity that the Tooth Fairy does exist so I am not ruling it out completely", is it not also reasonable for somebody to say "God does not exist" without having to add a similar disclaimer?

If somebody says "I was ten years old when I found out Santa Claus doesn't exist", nobody nitpicks them on the principle that you can't disprove something entirely. Why the special allowance for God?

more than 3 years ago
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Father of the CD, Norio Ohga, Dead At 81

Hogwash McFly Re:Sayonara, Ohga-san (180 comments)

Let's hope the hinges on his coffin lid don't snap off.

more than 3 years ago
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Why People Should Stop Being Duped By the 3D Scam

Hogwash McFly Re:I have to nitpcik TFA: (394 comments)

My vision is as good as the next guy's, but when I saw Avatar, although I thought the 3D effect 'cool' like most people, there was a small portion of my vision that was always on the periphery and which felt 'glassy' or 'haloed' as though a bit on each of the lenses was finely scratched or smeared with Vaseline. It was noticeable enough that I tried polishing the glasses on my shirt several times throughout the movie to no avail. It may have been a dud pair of glasses, and I have not seen a 3D film at the cinema since to compare, but it was an irritating distraction irrespective of its cause.

more than 3 years ago
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Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style

Hogwash McFly Re:Acrobat (272 comments)

I'm very sorry, I don't know what I was thinking.

more than 3 years ago
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Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style

Hogwash McFly Acrobat (272 comments)

My computer at work is licensed for Acrobat 8 Professional. After upgrading Microsoft Office 2003 to 2010, I can no longer create PDF files from Word documents. Looking online, the solution to this issue from Adobe appears to be "upgrade to Acrobat X". Yeah, thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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12-Year-Old Rewrites Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Hogwash McFly Re:The Big Bang (588 comments)

He finds the characters contrived, the jokes laboured, and the acting sub-par at best.

more than 3 years ago

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Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

Hogwash McFly Hogwash McFly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hogwash McFly (678207) writes "The rules of the popular word game Scrabble are soon to allow proper nouns. Mattel, the makers of the game, hope the changes made for a new edition, released this July, will "add a new dimension" to Scrabble and "introduce an element of popular culture into the game". With this rule change, the company hopes to target younger fans and families, although they will continue to sell the traditional version where 'Beyonce' and 'Facebook' are not permitted words."
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Interesting uses for a USB LED screen?

Hogwash McFly Hogwash McFly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hogwash McFly (678207) writes "My boss gave me one of those USB-powered red LED scrolling displays as a Christmas gift, and while cycling the usual 'I read your emails' and 'ID10T Error' messages will be entertaining for a day or two, I was wondering if it could be put to more constructive uses. The configuration file is plaintext and supports different scroll speeds, flashing, bitmaps and wav sounds. The font is defined as 5x5 pixels per character, also stored in plaintext as 5 hex values, one for each vertical line of pixels. A dynamically generated message could prove useful in my day to day work on the helpdesk, but are there any interesting uses beyond network notifications and news feeds?"
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Hogwash McFly Hogwash McFly writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Hogwash McFly writes "Half a million dustbins across England have been secretly fitted with RFID tags to monitor household waste as the Government comes under increasing pressure to meet recycling targets. The bugged bins communicate with a sensor on the refuse truck which, after identifying the unique household, weighs the rubbish and transmits data to a central computer. This action follows calls by politicians to tax household waste by weight to try and improve Britain's poor recycling record in Europe."

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