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New Horizons probe's PlayStation brain overloaded – NASA

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Re: @ 1980s_coder (was: Is there any way of seeing the up and down vote totals for other users?)

I would have liked to have seen Eden's Up/Down counts before being booted off!

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For such a prolific poster (& Reg Forums hacker) I'd have thought you'd have gained a platinum badge by now!

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Gold Badges Was: Any sign of my Silver badge?

I thought for a long time Gold badges weren't being issued. But I'm sure I've started to see new people with Gold badges. Are they now being issued?

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Unable to login to El Reg Channel

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Unable to login to El Reg Channel

I've just tried to login via El Reg Channel, but it keeps failing. As you can see, El Reg main is working fine...

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Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

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FAIL

If they were seeking (more) court convictions against companies for data protection issues (e.g. prison or shutting them down) then I'd be sympathetic to the reduced fines. But reducing the fines and doing nothing else???

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Testing

..the question has to be asked: why did Google release such a half-baked app for showtime in the first place?

Because in the agile web 2.0 world, you are the alpha & beta testers.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics drops big data bubble-buster

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Statistics 101

It sounds like big data proponents need to attend an introduction to statistics course.

Statistics are slippery beasts and need to be handled with extreme care, otherwise you risk getting completely the wrong answer.

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Cloud storage is a three-way race with no contenders

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Competition

So Gartner are complaining that the new entrants are not competing with Amazon, Google & MS.

Could this, perhaps, have something to do with the capital cost involved in trying to compete with them? Either you need *very* deep pockets and be prepared to take a very big gamble to compete with these three, or you find your own place in the market.

Also remember that the big three aren't exactly falling over themselves to publish the financials from their cloud services. That could be (but isn't guaranteed) an indication that profits are wafer thin.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Old rant...

I find Libre/Open Office fail to handle many documents I throw at them. I suspect it's more Word doing some crazy method to achieve a particular layout, because if I correct the document in LL/OO, it loads back into Word fine.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Missing poll option

"Complete the roll out of 2G & 3G"

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Local control

The .fk domain for the islands has been issued to the islanders to manage/control. It has not been issued to the British (or the Argentinians)

So what's the problem? If the UK had said their domain must be fk.uk, then I could see some argument for being upset.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Where do I donate some transistors?

Transistors? Give the bloke beer. And lots of it.

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Just seen your post on the regulator crack-down on fake adverts story. Now you're just showing off with that old icon!

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So we could resurrect the old "El Reg" tombstone icon. Cool.....

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I just noticed that in a comment, someone has used a post icon which I can't see. (It's a warning sign of badgers)

What gives? Do some commentards get the privilege of extra badges?

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Police robot duo storm Colorado house, end four-day siege

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..[the police] shot him because ‘That’s what we do.’

Says it all, really, doesn't it?

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I'd agree that the man count seems excessive, but seeking to solve this without just shooting the guy..

But they did shot him - In the leg!

(The article doesn't say what with)

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Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again

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Botched Llanding?!?

Philae has been out of contact for months after a botched landing...

I think you're being a little disingenuous there. Sure, the landing wasn't to plan, but considering no-one has attempted anything like this before, the result was still pretty bloody awesome.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Re: Multimillionaire loses pocket change

But you do get to keep the flash pad for longer than eight days....

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Free ethical upgrade offered as Fairphone launches mobe No 2

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Re: Not ethical...

From the Fairphone website:

...we’re striving to open our source code with the developer community and we’re in discussions with established vendors to offer alternative operating systems.

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Ethical purchasing is rarely the cheap option and is usually a moral decision as to whether to spend the extra money to help workers get paid a better wage and safe(r) working conditions or not.

There is the added issue that these are selling in small quantities, so no big discounts from component suppliers.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: Over engineered?

These probes are millions of miles away from the nearest human, take enormous resources to get them to their destinations, survive harsh take-offs, flights & landings going to the unknown. (and cost an awful lot of money)

Do you want to be the engineer that says "The mission failed because we saved a few pence and discounted some unlikely possibilities"?

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Competition risk? BT faces rigorous frisking over £12.5bn EE takeover bid

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@dogged

I think Channel Reg needs another login if you reject third-party cookies.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Encryption Protocol

Whilst they may have said that all servers need to be running HTTPS, there's no mention on what encryption protocol to run with HTTPS. After all, they don't want to make the NSA's life harder than it already is.

ROT13 anyone?

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

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Re: #available

Er, they're not the same 'cause the Swift #available is a run-time declaration, whereas the C #if is a compile time directive.

Or is my sarcasm detector failing?

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Don't just single out Apple & Google

Apple & Google aren't the only people helping ISIS:

- Firearms & ammunition manufacturers. How else are ISIS going to effectively kill people?

- GPS providers & equipment manufacturers. How else are ISIS going to tell their arse from their elbow?

- Vehicle manufacturers: How else are ISIS going to get to their next slaughter?

Thank goodness there aren't American companies involved in these products that are helping terrorists.

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Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

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@Stuart Longland

How dare you come and make a fact based reasoned argument, with evidence, on an Internet discussion forum.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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Embeded Devices

If Firefox will only support valid HTTPS certificates, how do I configure my new router or WiFi AP?

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Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0

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Price

I always thought Thunderbolt was hindered by price - both of the chips and the cables. As Roger B mentions, Thunderbolt was originally meant to be optical but that pushed the price even higher so they released copper variants.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

I read somewhere that the studios can't afford to make films themselves anymore. Instead, they have to borrow money from the banks who really want their money (with interest!) back from the studios. The way to minimise risk is to re-make or spin-off something that has previously made money,

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Re: Ah, No.

I watched a truly marvelous series of ads last night on the TV. Such a pity they kept being interrupted by that damn movie

Someone once described ITV programs as the filler between the adverts. And it was true: The programs were just there to keep your attention so you'd be around to see the adverts. The TV companies have a fine line to tread between forcing as many adverts on you as possible and you getting p***ed off and changing channels.

But this was before some bright spark realised that: A) You can make a lot of money from premium rate phone voting, and B) Your program can actually just be one massive hype-gasm advert for your final product. And if your hype-gasm advert includes premium rate voting, you're getting your customers to pay for your advert. Win/Win!!

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Bernie is the problem

I feel that Bernie is the major problem with F1. This year, more than ever, costs in the sport have been high on the agenda and I've been amazed at how much power Bernie has in the sport and how much money he sucks out.

Stop Bernie sucking the life out of the sport and distribute all the media money move evenly between the teams. Then the smaller teams stand a chance of putting up more of a fight to the bigger teams. (But massive credit to the smaller teams for being where they are right now) Make the prize money the differentiator between first and last, not some secretive gentlemans club.

Oh - and someone give Christian Horner & Red Bull a slap and tell them to stop being so childish: "We're not winning any more so we want the rules changed". Pathetic.

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Re: Anyone completed the F1 Drivers survey here...

I'be managed to complete it fine. It's quite long, but it does allow you to comment on most aspects of F1. The only thing it doesn't allow you to comment on is Bernie sucking so much money out of the sport.

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Intel wants containers to be alone again, naturally

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Re: Company selling compute in shock promotion of higher compute requirements

Not given the cost of a context-switch on an x86-type CPU

Can you expand on that? Surely both containers and VMs incur context switches somewhere along the line? Are you saying that trapping all the way out to the hypervisor and back to kernel space is a heavy cost compared to switching between processes in the same kernel?

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Re: Company selling compute in shock promotion of higher compute requirements

But don't containers exist because their overhead is much lower than a full blown VM? If Intel can provide the added isolation of a VM but with the lower overhead of a container, isn't that a good thing?

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Belgian telco prepares to tear out last of nation's phone boxes

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Adopt a (British) Kiosk

Unfortunately, the BT website says only charities or councils can adopt phone kiosks.

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

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Wholesale...

..given our history as a natural and willing wholesaler, enabling other companies to use the networks we own.

If they were so willing, why does OFCOM have to force them to offer the service?

If they are so willing, why are they kicking up a fuss about sharing their fibre network.?

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El Reg Cold Call

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I'm pretty sure they don't - did you receive a call?

Yep, from someone claiming to be from "The Register" wanting to send me some white papers. (Number withheld...)

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El Reg Cold Call

I didn't think El Reg undertook cold calling of its commentards...?

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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So 'ownership' is fleeting..

There's your mistake. In the DRM world, you no longer own anything. All you are given is a license to view/use the product for as long as the vendor allows you to. This is regardless of how long *You* think you're allowed to use the product for.

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

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New Builds

For any new build installation (e.g. new housing estate) Openreach should be made to deploy FTTP. Let's at least make a start on this.

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Re: If the board of BT plc won't invest in a demerged Openreach....

I think a de-merged Openreach would be fantastic. The only question I'd have is: How would you prevent the company sweating the existing assets and not investing any money? Make it a non-profit? Put a cap on the profits they can make?

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Boffins brew 'Stop Light' that turns photons in fibre into memory

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Faster than light travel

Faster-than-light is easy if you slow the photons down.

The cosmological speed limit is the speed of light in a vacuum. Light traveling through different mediums can be slower. Going faster than that lower speed is entirely possible. The blue glow (called Cherenkov radiation) when radioactive material is underwater is the equivalent of a sonic boom when particles are traveling faster than light.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Up the Pole!

There's a blog post on how just 900 votes (in specific constituencies) would have changed the outcome of the election.

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Re: Won't work in England.

Why does the lorry need cameras to read the speed limit signs? Lorries only know two speeds: Stop and 56MPH. I've never seen a lorry do 50MPH in a 50MPH zone in the UK.

Yes, I've had lorries intimidate me because I dared to do the speed limit. This intimidation including ramming my car. Were the Police interested? Like f**k they were.

Are there any lorry drivers who know what 50MPH is, as I've yet to meet them on the UK roads.

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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I seem to be the lone person totally indifferent to it.

Nope, you're not alone...

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Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband. Now just how are we gonna wire it all up?

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Oh yeah...?

Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband.

Um, if you read the comments section here on El Reg, I think many people would be happy with a reliable and ubiquitous 2G GSM signal first.

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