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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Interspecies same-sex marrage?

"National Organization for Marriage"

If you put three of them together in a room would that be NomNomNom?

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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

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Re: Whitelists?

Most phone companies already offer an answerphone serice, often as part of a standard call package. I wonder how hard it would be to adapt that so one could choose to have all calls go to that system immediately with a random(ish) message stating something along the lines of "press one to ring our customers phone, press 2 to leave a message, you have 3 seconds to choose....3.....2....1....click" with the "menu" choices also chosen randomly to make it hard for robocallers to "listen" for keywords.

Assuming a human pressed the correct button to make the phone ring, it would then transfer to a local answerphone or the provider answerphone as normal after the specified number of rings.

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

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Another step towards world domination?

Wings over the world?

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Re: Is a robot Dyson

"still a robot hoover?"

...Only if it's not spherical.

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LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £11k

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Re: But...but...aww s'not fair!!!

But, but, but isn't the point of Kickstarter speculation?

Currently awaiting delivery of my tankard (nee ner!) with almost as much anticipation as launch day.

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Re: Better hide

"You'll be knee deep in angry naked women."

Brazillions?

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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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"a 3G dongle."

Probably a silly question, but considering you'll be launching from the back arse of nowhere, does anyone know if there is a 3G signal available there?

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Re: This is real "free" software

"You know, I'm currently in talks with your rival as well. HE'S willing to PAY

Maybe it's above my paygrade, but I can't see why a salesman would use that tactic when he can sell to both customers. So what if one customer gets a better deal, he still gets in the region of double the commission.

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Re: And this differs from, say, what Microsoft have done for years .. how?

"you've either been misled"

Yes, the salesman bamboozled the PHB and the techs are left with the POS that only does half of what was expected.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Re: Human Nature

"Are some animals destined to be more equal than other animals?"

Yes. Pigs. With funny hats.

Only pigs can give us bacon.

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

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"no emails coming down to my commuter yet"

Well, there's yer problem, right there :-)

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Re: If this were the US

Ask your average VM customer for their email address and the odds are it will be @gmail, @hotmail, @yahoo or something similar. Most probably don't even remember reading the info which explained how to access their VM email. Come to think of it, those VM customers I know who do use ISP mail have an @blueyonder or @ntlworld address. "Early adopters" so to speak, who've been around since before the common webmail services arrived :-)

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Re: This means mail has been lost

"Just in case you didn't know, all your email is shipped abroad. It may be worth checking your contract to see if they actually asked your permission for that..."

Is it? IIRC, when the VM techs used run the usenet support groups, they said the google mail servers would be in house in answer to those very concerns. Whether that was (or still is) true is another matter.

Edit: Having said that, a geolocate on 74.125.130.2 puts it in Palo Alto or thereabouts.

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Re: dig ntlworld.com mx

"whilst rebuilding whatever needed doing for the pop/imap cluster"

It's worth bearing in mind that VM outsourced email to Google Gmail some time ago.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: 23 Years @ P.Lee

"Sadly, the zealots seem to be in tha majority amongst Linux users."

No. That's just squeaky wheel syndrome. The majority of Linux users just get on with life.

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

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Re: Bouncy Bouncy

Bigg Market

FTFY

Although you're right about the clothes and brains :-)

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Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

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Re: pwnt

Yes, well, "cloud". 'nuff said.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Re: I'm puzzled by this article

"The US Copyright Office makes it clear that he does not, at least in the US. "

Unless, of course, as is the opion expressed in the article, that the photo may well be copyright under UK law, in which according the Berne Convention, all countries who are signatories, including the US, must respect that copyright.

Since it's currently in dispute and a competent authority, ie a court of law, has not pronounced yet, using the opinion of the US Copyright Office, who are not competent to make that decision, as a ruling is risking a lot in terms of potential damages down the line.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: Rack of the week

"There is a subset amongst IT types that love to share their "set-ups" and hovels. Some being cool, others for the horridness of them."

Been done, though it may be time for another update...

Ventblockers, 2009.

Ventblockers: Rise of the Dustbunnies, 2010

Maybe it's time for a re-imagining directed by Tim Burton, Ventblockers III: Revenge of the Mice, starring Helena Bonham Carter as the deranged mouse which craps all over the inside of your PC. There may even be room for a bit part by Gary Lineker?

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Re: Motoring and Cooking Section

"I've only seen the full mod on agricultural machines as it's illegal on public roads, but I do know a number of people who routinely run on 1/2 vegetable oil in their unmodified turboD car."

According to this BBC article, it's not been illegal since July 2007 so long as you don't make more than 2,500 Litres.

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Re: Grub/nosh/snacks

What is this "Saturday lunch" you speak of? By the time I get out of bed and have Saturday breakfast, it's nearly tea time.

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Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico

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Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV

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Re: Not such a big deal

"I doubt that $5m of insurance will cost more than a few hundred dollars a month"

He was talking about $16million of cover for $160 per YEAR. (very rough £-->$ conversion, ICBA to look it up and it's nothing which normally concerns me. I have a feeling it's more like £1-->$1.70ish)

But that sounds suspiciously cheap even by UK standards, even for 3rd party only insurance (the bare minimum) I think most people pay in the order of £1000 per year for fully comp. I wouldn't know. I've driven company cars only for the last 20+ years so don't pay for things like car tax or insurance :-)

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Re: which should be the default more-reliable case in the event of conflicting input?

"I find this headlong rushing ahead rather questionable."

Me too. It seems to be a disease in the electronics/tech/computer world that bigger/faster/more powerful must always be better and every tech company must keep advancing as quickly as possible, usually at the expense of reliability or completeness of product.

Unlike with computers, laptops, tablets and most especially mobile phones, people are simply not going to "upgrade" to the latest model of car every year or two. Maybe in 10 or 20 years time, if society changes or is nudged in the direction of not privately owning cars, then maybe people will just accept whichever car turns up at the doorstep when requested.

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

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Congratulation to the SPB team...

...you just got me to put money up for the first time for a kickstarter project.

Wifey thinks it's a lot for "just a pint glass" but I know it's a special piece of memorabilia hewn from the living crystal that can only ever be a valuable investment in the advancement of human science and drinking.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Cancelled after 1 series

"Agree with credas here, many good/books ideas suffer this fate."

Case in point. Stephen Kings Under The Dome. Now on series 2 and the story is not only way off course from the story but the main protagonist has found a way out of the dome by jumping off a cliff which teleports him to a childrens playground where it turns out there a military/industrial-complex conspiracy headed by the protagonists estranged father. FFS!

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Re: Minotary Report?

Hah! Nothing can beat Cello News. Or Naked News.

Actually, no, I don't know whose coat that is.

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TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

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Re: Preferences downside

"Something to bear in mind the next time you (purely by accident of course) watch Hot Babes at 1 in the morning, thinking your wife won't find out"

Just downvote it three times (the max) and make sure everything more, erm, innocent, is upvoted at least once. Or so I've been told.

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What a pain in the mass! Euro craft Rosetta to poke its probe in 10-BILLION-tonne comet

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The time to worry...

...is when the enormous duck enters Earth orbit, turns itself up on its head and starts making strange communication-like "noises" to talk to it's Earth-bound cousins.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Windows 9?

That's pretty much my thoughts on it too.

Maybe by Windows 10 it will just be a couple of MB of network drivers, enough to netboot the remote OS running on Redmond servers, along with all the apps, everything rented by the minute. Saas being joined by OSaaS.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Vitally important question

Which network won on "Free Parking".

And where exactly did you find that in London?

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Re: Rotating price rises but cable broadband is excellent

"alternative DNS such as 8.8.8.8 because the standard one produces non standard responses to invalid URLs"

You can switch that off. Don't ask me where or how. I did it as soon as it was made available in my area after hearing about when it was first being trialled some years back. It's somewhere in your account settings on their website. The setting is serverside, linked to your account so applies to all devices at your end.

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Re: 50Mbit/s

Back in Sept. 2000 when I was one of the first in my area to get cable, it cost nearly twice that for 512Kb/64Kb and NO ONE could offer anything better yet. At least not at a consumer price.

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"for gawds sake VM CHECK to see if the houses you are mass mailing are already customers!!!!!!!!!!"

Back Ye Olden Days of Blueyonder and the early days of the VM branding when some senior staff posted in the support newsgroups, they made it clear that it's much, much cheaper to carpet bomb "To The Householder" than to maintain sanitised mailing lists. They do use mailing list when sending "offers" to existing customers but using that to exclude said customers from a carpet bomb is significantly expensive since the "junk" then has to be properly addressed which means the PO has to sort it through the full process instead of just giving each posty an allocated batch.

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Re: Junk Mail gets me everytime.

"trying to offer me their full tv services + phone line + highest speed broadband for less than what I pay for broadband (£35 a month is the offer, apparently*)."

It's likely that if you read the small print, that it's an offer price for 6 months of a 18 or 24 month contract. Probably.

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Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices

"I entered my postcode and house number!"

Tip: Use a different house number for those sort of enquiries. Ideally that of a neighbour you don't like.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: A bad feeling....

"lugging a spaceplane in their baggage."

I'm sure a wig and fake beard will make Lester look just like Richard Branson :-)

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Need a green traffic light?

"Alternatively someone could create the ultimate car accessory; a radio that could green-light their entire trip.

IIRC, these device already exist in some places and are fitted to emergency vehicles. I don't remember if this was a production or experimental feature though.

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Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue

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"The focus of the research is to slave biological organisms like moths into what the team calls biobots,"

Should this not be causing outrage? Like swallowing a live goldfish?

"In the big picture, we want to know whether we can control the movement of moths for use in applications such as search and rescue operations,"

Yeah, right. Anyone want to bet that the most "valuable" interest comes from the spooks and the military?

I'm not sure how much use a moth will be in airlifting the victims out of the disaster zone. Unless the disaster is a kicked over antheap.

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

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Similar here. I like my Nook HD+ tablet. Can't say I've ever read a book on it though. It's too heavy and the battery doesn't last long enough.

We also have a couple of Kindle e-ink e-book readers for reading.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: imaginary friends in the sky

"Science is about how, religion philosophy is about why"

There, FTFY.

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Heartbleed implicated in US hospital megahack

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Re: When were the credentials stolen though?

"One of the largest healthcare providers in the US claims Chinese hackers ran riot through its systems between April and June this year " reports El Reg

So yes, it's possible they were compromised before Heartbleed was announced and without a full security audit, didn't notice the "attack" in progress even if they patched up ASAP

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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Re: What's with the video?

But still looks like I'm watching a computer simulation :-)

The speed of motion and the video compression blur the sidelines and scenery so much that just doesn't look quite real.

On the driving style, back in the day when I played Pole Position or Revs, running over the kerbs was always a massive speed penalty yet whenever I see a FPP from a race car they seem to ride the kerbs and run-offs at every corner.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Re: the real reason

Oddly enough, the music hall entertainers said the same thing about radio and tv. It stops them from doing the same act every time. They have to come up with new material.

TV and Radio didn't kill entertainment acts.

Video didn't kill the radio star (c) Buggles or whoever wrote it :-)

Home taping didn't kill music.

YouTube won't kill live concerts.

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"but what I found crazy was the people using iPads to take photos!"

Yes, I saw the same in York yesterday. Lots of Chinese in particular using tablets of one sort or another, many using folding book-like covers which they open up so looking twice as big while being waved through the air to take said pics.

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Re: Other phones are available

"but replacing 'tablet' with 'iPad' seems entirely without point."

But what kind of tablet? Anti-Histamine? Birth Control? Stone? Computer? International Catholic weekly newspaper? Roman writing tablets?

PS Google search on the term "tablet" is skewed massively in the direction of "tablet computer" I was expecting all sorts of Canadian "pharmacies" to be listed :-)

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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Re: ROC

He may have meant the Moa.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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Clippy-to-Clippers owner Ballmer

Splurt!!! Nurse! New keyboard please.

And a pint for the author.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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"and MS is trying to get their part in (again)."

They do say that as you get older, lube helps.

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Re: Standard Windows timings

"Windows install took less than a half hour. THE UPDATES took another 40 minutes. Please stop the FUD!"

Is that not part of the point though? Why are MS not providing up to date ISO/USB images to install from? Why should we be installing a potentially years old image followed by gigabytes of patches and updates? Why do we have to build out own "slipstreamed" images with service packs and updates?

It's not as if anyone can't already make copies of Windows install media and pass it around. You still need a key so having a freely downloadable image file is not an additional security risk.

I just updated my Win7 laptop after leaving it for two whole weeks. 748MB of updates. Admittedly that included Office updates, but 748MB? WTF? Then 30 mins install time, must reboot, more updates installed during extended 10 minute shutdown, reboot happens, more updates so a 10 minute startup time.

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