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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Rik Sweeney Re:The iphone's latest demise. (222 comments)

I was an iPhone fan when they first came out. I remember standing in the phone shops, looking at the Android phones running the laggy Gingerbread and wondering why anyone would want to buy a POS like that.

Then I ran into antenna-gate while I was trying to get a job. Eventually I told callers that I had an iPhone so if the call ended suddenly it was because of that, and not because I'd just hung up on them. As soon as my contract was up I moved to Android.

I'm sure it's fast and simple to use, but ultimately it's a phone. And if I can't make calls on it, then it's going in the bin.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Rik Sweeney Re:generic® (404 comments)

Some of your generics are American based, and I ended up having to stop my Hoovering to Google what they are.

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Rik Sweeney Is the embargo really affecting them? (532 comments)

I was in Cuba earlier this year. They seem to be doing OK for themselves.

Sure, there are towns outside of Havana and Trinidad where there isn't a lot to do, but I didn't see any real evidence of extreme poverty.

As far as I could see, the only thing the embargo is doing is preventing (most) Americans from visiting the place.

about a week ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Rik Sweeney Here we go again (528 comments)

Religion has no place in schools. How many times have you seen scientists starting wars over theories and results?

"1 + 1 equals 3!"
"Only for larger values of 1, you heathen!"

about three weeks ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Rik Sweeney Re:Doesn't work (158 comments)

The summary links to an article which has a link in it to the map which doesn't load.

It's probably been censored by your ISP :)

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

Rik Sweeney I don't get it (220 comments)

What's the obsession with metal frames? Message boards are filled with hipsters ranting about how cheap a plastic frame looks.

Whenever I get a new phone, the first thing I do is wrap it in a plastic protector to protect the body.

about a month ago
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Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

Rik Sweeney The short version (66 comments)

Cows have best friends.

about a month and a half ago
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Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

Rik Sweeney Bugger (61 comments)

I only just installed Kubuntu 14.04 over the weekend. Can't be arsed to go through all that again.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

Rik Sweeney Could the soul survive? (202 comments)

I still don't think teleporting would leave the soul intact. To the observer, the result may act and behave in the same way before the teleportation took place, but I wonder if it would be the same person?

about 4 months ago
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German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

Rik Sweeney Re:Germany can't prosecute Americans (107 comments)

I would advise Germany to mind its own business

I don't think it needs to, the NSA is minding Germany's business for them.

about 4 months ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

Rik Sweeney Good solution (150 comments)

Each mission member will get only eight minutes of shower time

So? Just pick 6 other people from the mission and shower with them. Viola, 8 minute shower every day.

Plus, you'll always have someone to scrub your back.

about 5 months ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Rik Sweeney "Victims" (357 comments)

"10 gunshot and stabbing victims will take part in the trials"

Jesus, I can already picture a scientist charging around a shopping mall with a revolver and a switch-blade yelling "For science!"

about 6 months ago
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Youtube and Facebook May Be Banned In Turkey, Again

Rik Sweeney Re:Who names their country (57 comments)

The bird took its name from the country.

about 6 months ago
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First Look At the Animals of the New Hebrides Trench

Rik Sweeney Atmospheric pressure (40 comments)

I really don't understand how anything survives down there. The amount of pressure must be immense.

about 6 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Rik Sweeney Well, duh (294 comments)

Of course a pain pill is going to frighten people, who the hell is going to take something that causes them discomfort?

(It's worth noting that I may have only read the title of this article)

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

Rik Sweeney Lots of redundant data (153 comments)

It designed the system to store data that hardly ever needs to be accessed

So that will be several million inactive profiles. I hope they've made their solution scalable, pretty soon they'll be storing 75% of their current profiles on those discs.

about 8 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

Rik Sweeney Imagine (340 comments)

A night flight. The plane is quiet.

Suddenly,

"Yeah, I couldn't sleep... No, they've fed us.... HA HA HA HA HA!!! Yeah, that's right! HA HA HA HA HA!!! I know what you mean and there's that.... HA HA HA HA HA!!!! Do you remember that?... HA HA HA HA HA!!!"

about 8 months ago

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UK to scrap "dull" IT classes

Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Rik Sweeney (471717) writes "Schools in England are to scrap the current programme of information and communications technology (ICT) and replace it with an "open source" curriculum in computer science and programming designed with the help of universities and industry after it was described as "harmful and dull"."
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PSN credit card details were encrypted

Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Rik Sweeney (471717) writes "Sony EU have issued a statement on their blog informing users that credit card details are encrypted on their servers. Personal details however were not. The blog also points out that there is still no firm evidence that the CC details were taken."
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Blob and Conquer has been released

Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Rik Sweeney (471717) writes "After several years of development, Parallel Realities' latest (and probably last) game has been released. The game is a sequel to Blob Wars: Metal Blob Solid and the action now takes place in a 3D environment. However, what should have been a cause for celebration has turned into a "get it out the door and forget about it" fiasco, with binaries being removed from the website and from most Linux repositories due to concerns rasied from over-enthusiastic upholders of the GPL complaining about copyright."
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Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rik Sweeney writes "The pre-registration site for this year's Glastonbury Festival has opened. In a bid to prevent tickets from being touted on eBay, anyone wishing to attend will need to submit a photograph, by either uploading or posting. This photograph will then be printed directly onto the ticket, provided that the individual actually manages to buy one when they go on sale on April 1st."

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