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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

KNicolson Re:Retro computers as DIY kits? (81 comments)

Just imagine being able to walk into an exhibit hall where the original is maintained in working order, but also being able to use one of the kits to get a taste of computing back in the day.

You mean typing in everyone's favourite for the demo machines:

10 PRINT "BUM"
20 GOTO 10

Ahh, happy memories!

about a month ago
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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

KNicolson Obvious troll is obvious (182 comments)

It's also about the fact that parents are probably more likely to buy cheap tablets like these instead of iPads for their kids, and the kids would be more likely to learn about computers using an open system instead of a locked-down "consumer device."

Yup, there's nothing more open than an iPad!

about 6 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

KNicolson Long shelf-life is a big selling point (146 comments)

I saw coverage of this on Japanese TV last weekend, and the hype is over the fact that since it is grown in a clean room, there is no bacteria, so it can be kept in an airtight bag at room temperature for a long, long time without going brown or losing its crispness.

The program had three month old lettuce that they tasted and they said it was just as good as the freshly-picked stuff.

about 6 months ago
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JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

KNicolson No it doesn't! (292 comments)

1999 is the date of the earlier related patent. The filing date is above, clearly written as August 5, 2013, and of course the application number starting with "2013..." is another huge give-away.

about a year ago
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BBC Unveils Newly Discovered Dr.Who Episodes

KNicolson Dear Friend in God (184 comments)

(Please read the following in CAPITALS)

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I have the believe you are a reputable and responsible and trustworthy person I can do business with from the little information so far I gathered about you during my search for a partner and by matter of trust I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

I am Stella Morris 19 years of age the only daughter of late Mr Phillip Morris whom was killed by the daleks that attacked our country Nigeria and took over our town. I ran to Lagos the economical capital of nigeria from were I am contacting you. Before the death of my father he told me that he has a sum of DWE 9.000,000 (Nine point one million Doctor Who Episodes) kept in a private cloud here in nigeria in my name as the next of kin,

Dear, in the capacity of the next of kin and with all the tapes in my hand now, I am contacting you with due sence of gallifreyanity that you will give it a sympathetic and mutual consideration.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.

(1)To serve as the guardian of this drama and to come assist me visit the television company here to retrive the consignment.

(2)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country by tardis to further my education and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.

(3)To provide good viewing plans for the tapes and to manage the tapes for 5 years, during the viewing period,only our profit will be shared annually 70% for me the iTunes account holder while 30% will be for you the manager annually.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 11 % of the total tapes (1 (one) episode) as compensation for your effort /input after the successful transfer of this video to your nominated iTunes account overseas, before the viewing starts.

Anticipating hearing from you immediately.

Thanks, and would you like a jelly baby?
Best Regards.
Stella Morris

about a year ago
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Cat-like Robot Runs Like the Wind

KNicolson ...for suitable values of wind, I suppose (69 comments)

1.42 metres per second is 5.11 kph / 3.18 mph, or Force One on the Beaufort scale, which Wikipedia tells me means "Smoke drift indicates wind direction. Leaves and wind vanes are stationary."

about a year and a half ago
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Chinese Firm Approved To Raise World's Tallest Building In 90 Days

KNicolson Re:Units in the summary (307 comments)

American, but not British gallons, which are 4.54 litres, if I remember my sums correctly.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Patents Staple of '70s Mainframe Computing

KNicolson I've recently been granted a patent... (333 comments)

...for extracting random phrases out of the middle of a patent document that match prior art and posting them to a web site in order to increase hit rates. Please delete this article or you will be hearing from my lawyers!

about 2 years ago
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How Many Text Messages Do You Send a Day?

KNicolson "Text Messages" - how quaint! (217 comments)

Here in Japan most people use carrier email that supports push, HTML and attachments on feature phones to smartphones, and all free and not counted towards whatever data plan you might be on.

about 2 years ago
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The Coming Wave of In-Dash Auto System Obsolescence

KNicolson Re:What the hell? (445 comments)

Yup, I'll second that. For the people too lazy to click through, your in-dash unit basically becomes a thin client terminal (using RealVNC) for your smartphone server, and the phone can supply an audio stream to the in-car audio system, and read back all your presses of the steering wheel buttons, etc, etc.

Toyota/Panasonic's system will even read your Tweets to you as you drive, and I'm sure an update to the smartphone side will use whatever in-car hands-free system to allow you to dictate Tweets as you drive.

about 2 years ago
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NASA Teams To Build Gyroscopes 1,000X More Sensitive Than Current Systems

KNicolson At $1.80... (91 comments)

...they've already chosen Cheap and Cheap.

about 2 years ago
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New Analysis Shows Dinosaurs Not As Heavy As Previously Believed.

KNicolson kg to lb (155 comments)

80 tonnes versus 23 tonnes. Looks like someone just ran "80 tonnes in lb" through Google.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication

KNicolson Wonderful typo! (284 comments)

retched restaurants

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Portrait-Landscape Flipping

KNicolson Has anyone actually RTFAed? (354 comments)

Stupid question I know, but Apple is NOT patenting rotation, but rather two gestures to lock the screen in either portrait or landscape mode, regardless of detected orientation. Whether or not such a matter is patentable is another kettle of fish.

On a related matter, Apple long ago bought a patent from British Telecom that appears actually to be for screen rotation.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone 3GS Is Number One In Japan

KNicolson The data is incomplete for one big reason (250 comments)

The company does not survey the carrier's own shops, which are major players in the Japanese cellphone market. In addition, number three, the Panasonic 830P is an almost one year old phone (last year's winter model) since superceded by two newer Panasonic phones, and the Casio W63CA is similarly an ancient (in Japanese terms) model.

Thus, to anyone who knows about the Japanese mobile phone market (such as anyone who reads my blog) the survey results are obviously biased towards bulk retailers and the people who frequent them rather than to the average Taro who frequents the carrier's own store on the High Street.

more than 5 years ago

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Chrome OS has support for Trusted Computing

KNicolson KNicolson writes  |  about 5 years ago

KNicolson (147698) writes "Looking at the recently-released documentation for Chromium OS, I couldn't help but notice that the Trusted Platform Module features in the specifications, and the latest source tree even has a directory reserved for a TPM emulator. Some blog speculation highlights that Trusted Boot would be trivial and fully locked-down Secure Boot is quite feasible."
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Survey says Japan's pipes fat, mostly P2P-free

KNicolson KNicolson writes  |  about 7 years ago

dids_jp writes "A couple of interesting surveys out of Japan on internet usage: over three-quarters of those online have home connections rated at over 10 Mbps, yet remarkably less than 4% admit to being file sharers. With scare stories about Japanese cops losing data through Winny, not surprisingly the risk of leaking personal data or getting a virus keeps people away. Only a quarter of non-users refuse to run the risk of infringing copyright; the fear of getting caught was not reported, however."
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:-) turns 25, but how old is (?_?)

KNicolson KNicolson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KNicolson writes "We all know that :-) turned 25 today, but what about the Japanese equivalents (?_?) Who first came up with them and how long ago? Following some research of of the Japanese side of the internet, I found the answers to my question of who invented Japanese emoticons and when. The earliest documented use is about 20 years ago, by a non-Japanese, it seems!"
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