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Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

nmg196 commoner (478 comments)

"Commoner"?! - You mean "more common". I guess you'll tell me that 'commoner' sounds betterer....

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Alarm Bug Leads To Mass European Sleep-in

nmg196 Re:Is this story for real? (487 comments)

> Most alarm clocks are way less reliable,

Quote your source. I think you just made that up. Anecdotally, all my phones have been very unreliable as alarms (an iPhone's battery only lasts about 2 days for starters, so frequently goes flat). In fact on many mobile phones, the alarm doesn't even sound if you've accidentally turned the phone off or if it's battery is too low (ancient Nokia's excepted). My mains alarm has never failed - even during a 3 day power cut (it's lithium battery back up lasts around a 4 years or so and can sound the alarm even when the display is off). Many are also not daylight-savings aware resulting in the same glitch featured in this article. Many get their time off the cell network, which frequently seems to balls-up and sets your phones time to be something random while they're playing with the phone network during the night.

more than 3 years ago
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Law Firm Opens Drive-Thru Window

nmg196 Only in America... (12 comments)

Only in America...

more than 3 years ago
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Un-killable 'Evercookie' Killed ... Sometimes

nmg196 Re:Solution: (186 comments)

> Don't accept cookies.

RTFA

more than 3 years ago
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Antenna Arrays Could Replace Satellite TV Dishes

nmg196 Re:Why? (183 comments)

> Ok, but I live in an apartment in an old (historic, something like 117 years old so far)

Historic?! You must be American! My building was built in 1810 and has 18" thick solid walls (try getting WiFi to go through that - or a drill bit long enough to run the Cat 5 though).

But yes, we have the same problem - no dishes or even aerials are allowed on our building, so hopefully this technology will allow those of us in listed/protected buildings to get satellite-based services.

more than 3 years ago
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Antenna Arrays Could Replace Satellite TV Dishes

nmg196 Re:Why? (183 comments)

Because you can't easily use a parabolic dish which needs to be aimed accurately on a car, caravan/RV/mobile home etc. This technology could potentially make it easier to resolve the weak satellite signals which would normally require a dish, resolvable by a static antenna array which could be omnidirectional. As the article implies, it might mean that digital radio actually *works* :)

more than 3 years ago
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Florida Town Builds Data Center In Water Tank

nmg196 Re:And it's great for sysadmins (104 comments)

> Doesn't conduct electricity and it will cool those servers down.

Pure distilled water certainly does conduct electricity! Throw a hair dryer or toaster in it and it will go bang. The hope you'd have of keeping equipment up and running in water is to keep the high voltage power supplies out of the way. 12 and 5V lines probably won't be affected much but 110V and 240V PSUs will simply go bang the second they hit the water.

more than 3 years ago
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SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For the First Time

nmg196 Re:This is how train and air travel began, too. (164 comments)

> for traveling between two earth-based locations space is mostly a big detour.

Not if you do the maths - the altitude becomes insignificant compared to the distance travelled. What's 30 miles of altitude if you're travelling 5000 or 10,000 miles? You also need to take into account how much faster you could feasibly get there if inconveniences such as air aren't getting in your way. If they could make a self-launching vehicle which could get out of the atmosphere we could do London to New York in an hour or so, instead of 6-7 because travelling at Mach 10 wouldn't be a problem. Obviously intercontinental travel is not the purpose or aim of SpaceShipTwo, but it could lead to that through engineering breakthroughs. I see the day when the Concorde will seem like a WW2 biplane to us :)

more than 3 years ago
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New CCTV Site In UK Pays People To Watch

nmg196 Re:Nothing to see here (214 comments)

Huh? Those places are all public places where people can see you anyway. Again, another non-argument...

> would behave differently if the footage of a camera at such places entrance
> was publicly available

RTFA - this is about CCTV not public broadcast television! The C in CCTV means "Closed" and not even YOU (the one on camera) can see it.

more than 3 years ago
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New CCTV Site In UK Pays People To Watch

nmg196 Re:Nothing to see here (214 comments)

And you post as AC! The irony! What an idiot.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome OS Arrives On the iPad — No, Seriously!

nmg196 Is it really running ChromeOS? (325 comments)

Given that it doesn't show the tablet booting, has it actually been verified that it runs ChromiumOS? After all, you could make this video in about 5 minutes by using a remote desktop app to a computer which really is running ChromiumOS. This trick has been done many times in the past.

more than 3 years ago
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New CCTV Site In UK Pays People To Watch

nmg196 Re:Nothing to see here (214 comments)

> Cue the stupid people in the UK who will say the tired out line "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear."

It's still said, because nobody ever seems to have a counter-argument for it, so it still stands. At the end of the day, if you don't commit a crime, the presence of a camera will not affect you.

more than 3 years ago
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Unseen Moon Landing Video Released

nmg196 Re:Bah! (212 comments)

Because Mars has gravity. Duh!

about 4 years ago
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Destroy Entire Websites With Asteroids Bookmarklet

nmg196 Re:Second post? (65 comments)

the submit button.

about 4 years ago
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Almost-Satnav For Cycling

nmg196 Re:just a guy (119 comments)

I tried using a TomTom but found it useless. TomTom snaps to roads wherever possible and doesn't really handle off-road navigation at all well. It has no idea about cycle paths and footpaths, or any terrain features which are important to cyclists. Even many streams and lakes are missing!

I wish they'd add a "pedestrian" or "cycling" mode which turns off all the snapping and just gives you an arrow to your destination (or lets you draw it on the map dot-to-dot style).

about 4 years ago
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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

nmg196 Re:Ya (409 comments)

Person 1: I just got a new HDTV. It's amazing - especially with surround sound. What else is good which can I watch which is in HD?
Person 2: Real life. Go outside...

about 4 years ago
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Flash Ported To iOS and iPhone 4

nmg196 Re:Still won't help... (231 comments)

I presume the moderator of the parent who modded it "Troll" was an Apple Fanboy and not an Apple App Developer.
No idea why that post is modded Troll.. It's perfectly true. You wouldn't catch Google banning perfectly sensible apps and constantly moving the qualification goalposts.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash Ported To iOS and iPhone 4

nmg196 Re:Oh noes! (231 comments)

Not really because jailbreaking means we can also install AdBlock! So although we can run Flash, we can immediately block of it again - TEH WIN! :)

more than 4 years ago
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Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

nmg196 Re:a gun (825 comments)

> Actually, come to think of it, a well-trained dog is probably one of your better security options.

RTFA. This thread is about *home* security for which dogs are almost useless. A dog is always with you, so whenever you're not there your dog won't be either. You can't leave your dog at home while you go on vacation. That's not much help if someone tries to break in when you're out (which is kinda the norm for burglars in most cases).

more than 4 years ago
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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

nmg196 Re:Here's how this will go... (205 comments)

> Who the heck even clicked on ads in the first place?

What a stupid comment! Millions of people click on ads every day. It's the whole reason Google exists (and many other websites) and why it's one of the richest companies in the world. The founders of Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin) who are each worth $17.5 BILLION dollars I think would tell you that people do actually click on their ads!

more than 4 years ago

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Should Opera give up on desktop browsing?

nmg196 nmg196 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nmg196 writes "A CNET article suggests that "Opera Mini is hands-down the greatest mobile browser on the planet, but its desktop browser continually fails to attract significant market share. Opera blames Microsoft, citing the anti-competitive nature of tying Internet Explorer to Windows, which is complete nonsense since Firefox is massively popular despite Microsoft's dominant position." Or is it's failure to attract market share, simply a consequence of the fact that they chose to name it "Opera" — a word that doesn't really any relevance or postive connotations for a modern web browser?"
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