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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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Re: Watch for music - headphones?

"or the microwave band used for mice."

You want to place a microwave device on your head? You sick bastard. That'll cause cancer, hallucinations, boil your brain, act as mind control. Microwaves are RADIATION!!!! MAN MADE RADIATION at that, not good, safe, natural, all organic radiation like what we get from rocks and stuff.

Yeah, the lead lined hoodie :-)

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

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Re: Solid Design

"We can call it the Trilateral Commission or something suitably three sided."

If you're going to link the bunkers by train, how about calling yourselves the Amtrack Federation?

That leaves room for future growth without having to keep renaming things.

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Vulture 2 rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

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Re: How about...

"Might have trouble keeping the springy copper feeds you speak of on the target "

The Playmonaut pilot just needs to hop out with a wooden pole and reattach the pantograph to the overhead wires. (You young'uns won't get this reference)

Coat. 'Cos it's cold outside the cockpit.

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

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"I seriously doubt these systems mimic a human mind in any way, unless it is a very sick one."

...such as a civil service bureaucrat?

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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Re: gMegalomania

Me too, so long as it applied to everyone and not just the big multi-nationals, i.e. those who currently move production, purchasing, profits etc around the world to cut costs but won't allow consumers to choose which part of the world to purchase from. (DRM, "grey" imports, warranties etc.)

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Re: gMegalomania

That's the version of Google Maps used internally at Google. No borders at all. No tax regimes. No Governments.

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US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments

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woolyand wide ranging laws

Most law these days seem to be written either by people who don't understand the law or by people who understand it only too well. They seem to be written in such a way that it's hard to tell if there is a line, never mind where it is so as not to cross it.

Personally, I think it's caused by interested parties and their lobbyists so that they can stretch and bend the resultant legislation to suit themselves.

In this case, a "new upstart" is taking advantage of one of those same loopholes the "big boys" like to create and use and they don't like it being turned on them. No amount of shouting about the "spirit or intent" of the law is going to wash when the monied types are so used to paying their lawyers to define and redefine the words in the law so they can claim they followed the "letter" of the law.

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Re: We shall soon see....

"Hey El Reg, this edit timer thingy really sucks when you run out of time during an edit!!!!!!"

withdraw ->start again if you can't cope with the 10 minute limit.

I think the 10 minute edit window is a good compromise between being able to fix you own posts and mitigating against trolls who might edit their posts after other have replied to the original.

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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Re: Drvierless cars...

They already exist. Have done for may, many years.

Just because there's a meatbag hanging onto the steering wheel doesn't mean s/he is a driver. At least not based on what I see on our roads every day.

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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...I though he took the high road while I took the low road?

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: The narcissism of small differences

It should "know" what I am going to want and have it ready for me

Be careful what you wish for though. That can go too far such that the OS "forces" you do things the way the OS designer wants you to rather than the way you want to.

Many of the most visible changes in each new Windows release are like this IMO

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

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WTF?

A blue LED indicates the light is on

Why? Or are they expecting the switch to be installed in a different room to the light it controls?

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Github cofounder resigns after clearance in sex-harass probe

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"The poetic beauty of this blacklist is, that any political-correctness troublemaker who sees it and wants to raise a fuss about it, knows full well that if they do, they'll end up on it."

And despite what you may think, there are principled people out there who will blow the whistle. The building trade tried this and big fines were handed out. It might even still happen, but if it is, it's on a much smaller scale. Then there's the "no poaching" débâcle Silicon Valley is currently in.

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Is it just me...

He said he was stepping down to avoid being a distraction to Github and is "insanely excited about the future."

...or does that sound like a euphemism for being taken away in a straight-jacket?

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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"believe" the science

Unlike religion, you're not expected to "believe the science". You are being asked to trust a data source. Usually based on experience. If you don't trust the data source, try a different source. Or repeat the experiment yourself if you really want to. Or wait while others do so and see if they get the same or different results. Try doing that with religion.

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Re: You may fire when ready, but...

"Cherry-picked results ("this one scientist out of a bazillion agrees with us")"

And why would a red blooded, patriotic American trust or believe some bloke from some 3rd world south american banana republic claiming to be a scientist anyway?

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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The trip should take about two years

For a machine with a minimum expected lifetime of 90 days, to have gone on for 10 years is amazing. That they are planning a TWO YEAR journey for said machine and expecting it to get there is astounding.

Pints all 'round for the designers, engineers, operators....oh what the hell...pints all 'round for everyone!

<hic>

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Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance

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Re: "Who needs Alaska?"

"Putin's no fool. He knows they'd make him take Palin too."

Ras-Putin and Ras-Palin? Together? Now that WOULD be madder than a box of frogs!

Imagine the children!

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

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Consulting the users

Ah yes. A wide ranging consultation of all stakeholders and other interested parties.

99% want green. 1% want blue. You want blue. You get blue.

If anyone asks, you consulted and did what was requested by "many" stakeholders, being careful not to mention the words "most" or "majority" and very especially to never mention absolute numbers or percentages.

Cynical? Moi?

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

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Re: Canadian Mounted Police - Ahhhh Due South.

"Surely that makes you the mount-er, not the mount-ee?"

...and so is my wife!

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Re: Oh come on, it's not rocket science.

Ballocket science == it works

Rockoon science == something went wrong.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Re: But the most important question...

"Pretty good, and a friendly bunch too. On the SPB's list of recommended post-mission boozers."

Ah, good show. Tell 'em you're "journalists" and they'll get a "mention" followed by free beers all round for the SPB team eh?

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: And here was me thinking...

"What if one of these combinations does something 'odd' that you weren't expecting and couldn't reasonably have predicted?"

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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Re: Helium is *very* hard to seal systems against

"...hydrogen leak...leak detection is probably a pain in the arse"

I have a candle you may borrow. Always works for me!

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Want a free Bosch steam iron? You'll have to TALK TO THE DEAD

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Re: Hmm...

"Hello? Is there anybody there?"

Hey, don't knock it....ermm....

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Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction

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Dag nab it! You beat me to it!

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ROBONAUT to find feet after Monday ISS supply mission

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I always wondered why...

...only two arms. Yes, "humanoid" so as to use the same tools as the meatsacks, but why not give the robot 3 or 4 arms in the first place?

In effect, that's what the new "legs" are, of course, but why make the whole thing human shaped at all? Why not have four "shoulders", each with an arm?

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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HITS SHUT FAN?

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Re: Hi-Tech Heliograph.

"Neat in itself, but I remember the problems somebody had whenever he put a cuppa in front of his Apricot keyboard, blocking the line of sight between keyboard and computer."

Maybe he should have used the fibre link cable supplied free with every unit for those situations such as obstructed line-of-sight or bright sunshine. Or just read the instructions that came with it.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: So

"Are there any mass extinction events around this time that corroborate this?"

As someone else pointed out, we as a species don't seem to be very good with big numbers.

The margin of error in the estimate as to when this happened is four times longer than the time between now and the dinosaur extinction event.

Maybe readers here are simply too used to prefix multipliers. When did you last actually try to visualise a Gigabyte other than to whinge that it's not enough RAM never mind space on an SD card. :-)

To get a little perspective, this event occurred "only" about 3.5 Gigayears ago.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: Why permit the secrecy

"They're not taking anyone to court (like Apple), they're licensing. They're not refusing to license to anyone."

But would it not make more sense to at least publish a list of all these Android and Linux based patents? After all, they are supposed to protect their IP. Would it not be easier to protect if all the other manufacturers knew up front what MS were going on about so they could approach MS for a licensing deal instead of MS going after them or not use the IP in the first place?

Or maybe MS want manufacturers to infringe and so can "force" a licensing deal on more favourable terms by negotiating under the threat of a sueball. Likewise, once said manufacturer is in production, re-tooling to not infringe might be more costly than licensing.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Re: I agree entirely...but Norton?

"they turned its icon from green to brown, and now it is red"

Yes. So those who can't or won't switch will get used to seeing a red shield icon due to EOL and won't notice if, for example, it's a warning that it didn't start/has stopped. Ditto the pop-up EOL warning training the users to click it off without reading it.

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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Re: Bah!

"The question is: why the hell is this the norm these days?"

Because most, if not all, of their staff, devs etc are hired straight out of university and working at places like Yahoo is just like being at university because that's where they all came from so they want it be the same as university... (and around we go again)

They never grow up so every idea is "cool" or "awesome" and gets implemented without anyone ever looking at the potential downsides. It's a bastardisation of the "can do" attitude where they think the way to success is to deal with the problems when they occur instead of at least acknowledging that they might occur and being prepared for them before they happen.. Fire fighting instead of fire prevention.

Few of these people seem to have a grasp of the real world.

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Get your MOON GEAR: Auction to feature Space Race memorabilia

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" I will just retain the fond memories of being allowed to stay up late as a seven-year old to see men step out onto the moon on a little black and white TV. Greatest event in my life until then."

<AOL>Me too!</AOL>

(Even down to the age, give a or take a few months)

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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Re: Is this why...

"They haven't made Amazon Instant Video available on the Roku in the UK when it is in the US?"

This is why I don't really like most of these devices. They limit consumer choice rather than, as they would have you believe from the marketing, "increase" consumer choice. Why? Because you have to keep buying more and more devices and subscribing to more and more services to get that choice.

Vertical integration is the worst thing to ever happen to the TV delivery market from a consumer point of view. Why can't I buy just one box and get everything I want from it? Albeit with subscriptions to particular "channels".

Game of Thrones is a good case in point. Many people want to watch it but it's not legally available to them. So now it's the most pirated TV show on the planet. But are the distributors doing anything to address the problem? Yes! They are sending the UK Police after the "pirates" instead of increasing their distribution channels.

They claim we in the UK get it "late" because "It is an extensive process requiring dubbing in multiple languages" according to a BBC article.

I guess the producers think we don't understand "american" over here and need it translating it our quaint, old fashioned version of "english" which we borrowed off them and basterdised.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: Did Samsung Actually INVENT Something? That's a change.

Samsung own quite a lot of original IP. But then you probably think Samsung only make phones, tablets and TVs. When did you last see an Apple bulldozer? Or an Apple oil tanker?

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make a better material, only for a rival to steal those discoveries at no cost."

Yes. So a patent on a new manufacturing process would be a valid and viable patent. Using the material in the same or similar way to an existing material, but just because it's stonger/more conductive/lighter/whatever, not so much.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: so NOT putting lots of chemicals in your body is NOT ok then?

"not all chemicals are bad for you."

I must admit to being partial to veg boiled in a mix of sodium chloride and dihydrogen monoxide. Or chips smothered in diluted acetic acid and sodium chloride. A bit of mono-sodium glutamate cooked into some foods seems ok too. My wife claims that C6H8O7 with some flavouring makes a refreshing drink as well as a decent all purpose household cleaning fluid.

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Re: Luxury item

"I suspect, although noone has absolute proof, that it all rather depends on the individual application of organic or non-organic farming."

It's also important to learn which "natural" chemicals such as copper sulphate are allowed to be used on "organic" crops by the Soil Assoc.

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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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Re: New era of malware?

"Predictable patching schedules are highly desirable...One of the major issues with using Linux is the vastly larger number of security patches that are released on a random schedule to be evaluated"

A couple of very good and pertinent points.

To answer them;

1. the users machines can easily be pointed at the organisations own patch server and no other, and locked down so only approved and locally tested patches will be made available to users, just like a good Windows sysadmin will do.

2. The "large" number of patches relate to the entire ecosystem, not just the OS. ie all the 10's of 1000's of apps as well as the OS and desktop environment. A very large proportion of those patches will be irrelevant to the organisation and any modern update application will only show those the users system can actually make use of. Note also that in some cases there will be multiple patches, eg the recent SSH patch set for each of the libraries, clients and servers where MS would bundle that all into a single patch file (possibly even with other, unrelated patches) so the actual count of patch files is not relevant or comparable in any meaningful way.

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Re: TheVogon

"http://sohcahtoa.org."

Thumbs up for the domain name. That brought back memories :-)

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HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

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Re: Nonsense headline

I thought maybe you might be new here and not quite au fait with the El Reg headlining guidlines but "251 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007" it appears you are either having a really, really bad day or are just a bit thick :-)

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Re: UK version?

"All Smart TVs need a smart phone or tablet to access all features easily."

See icon --------------->

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Re: I guess it's official

"A university study (who the hell pays for this crap) "

It probably came out of the School of Social "Sciences" or whatever they call it there.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: Slide to unlock

"before that we all had to crawl under the locked door of the washroom stall."

...on a mobile device? Oh, yeah, portaloos, caravans etc :-)

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Want to see at night? Here comes the infrared CONTACT LENS

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Re: More realistic...

"Hint, the average summer dress is quite transparent in the near IR band."

Yes, my first thought on reading the headline, before I even got to the story, was the camcorder (Sony?) a couple of years back that supposedly could film "through" clothes when used in nightvision mode during daylight (or something like that)

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Page through Page's page page-views: Google+ shows how many saw your profile

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How...err....1980's

Have they patented it?

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