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Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 0) 424

Parent is 100% correct. However I don't think you can get OLED monitors... yet. Quite a few cellphones use OLED screens though, such as my galaxy S.

OLED screens don't have a backlight at all. In an LCD screen the pixels are actually acting as filters, blocking part of the light from the backlight. In an OLED screen the pixels emit light themselves - black pixels are turned off and consume zero power.

For this reason turning the screen brightness down dramatically affects my battery life.

Comment Magma is dangerous, hmmmmkay? (Score 1) 215

They hit magma while digging? Ouch.

If minecraft has taught me anything, it is that hitting magma unexpectedly is a Very Bad Thing.

I sincerely hope that they had a bucket of water handy to put themselves out, and that they weren't foolish enough to be digging the block they were standing on when they hit magma.

Comment Re:Does this mean.... (Score 1) 211

Are you on drugs? I brought a corned beef sandwich once when I was in the UK, turns out they used spam.

I totally thought someone had put something from a can of catfood in my sandwich and I was bitching to my workmates until someone confirmed it was genuine spam.

I couldn't eat it, and I seriously doubt if my cat would have either.

Comment Re:Epic Fail? WTF? (Score 1) 534

I doubt if he was full of it... "that asshole" that you are talking about is geohot, who was part of the team behind the original iphone jailbreak & unlock, and he's also developed jailbreaks for lots of versions of IOS.

So his credentials are pretty good... he'd already proved himself at the time he started hacking the PS3.

Comment Re:Sorry but doing that is gambling more or less (Score 1) 195

Read the article - you are barking up the wrong tree. The problem is people who were paid on thursday haven't had their pay go in yet. Doesn't matter what date you scheduled a payment to go out if you don't have any cash in your account because your deposits haven't been processed...

Comment Re:FedEx? (Score 1) 165

<quote>Negative outcomes will happen in life. Get over it.</quote>

Man you really hit the nail on the head with that one. You've expressed what I see as the major problem with today's world as succinctly as I've ever seen it put before. I should make that my sig.

Everyone buys into the mainstream media/government scaremongering so badly that they have totally lost perspective of what they are giving up to mitigate what is really a tiny risk - we are so scared of things like terrorism, germs, kids having an accident/getting sick/getting snatched by a nutter that we don't really enjoy life any more.


Comment Re:Not very fair testing... (Score 1) 317

I've never understood this obsession with boot times, particuarly on a laptop with good sleep/suspend support.

Every laptop I've owned since 2001 has been very reliable at suspend/resume, taking only a couple of seconds to go to sleep or wake up.

And a full charge on the battery will last over a week on suspend.

Comment I don't get it (Score 1) 155

The researchers claim to be working on a tool, dubbed Proc_Scope that will use specific numerical expressions to identify the processor type, and to be working on an algorithm that can help identify a specific processor.

That all sounds quite involved and somewhat fragile.

Or you could just use the CPUID instruction. Its been around since the original pentium.

Comment Re:Tea (Score 1) 500

Its true, the english love to queue. My dad once said when he was in london he stopped on the street and bent down to tie his shoelaces. When he finished and stood up he saw a queue had formed behind him...
Obviously bollox, but when I was there I don't know how many times I went to the train station and there were 10-20 people queuing at one ticket window, and right next to that window there was another window only one or two people queuing up.

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