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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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History of Art at Cambridge, eh? The traditional degree for well-connected but dim girls.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

I've been running Ubuntu since 6.06 and current have it on about ten machines. I have never, ever managed a successful version upgrade.

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

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Re: Say what?

The usual suspects? Is this Big Oil Shill paranoia? Perhaps Mr Musk should have charged his rocket for longer, instead of relying on what the customer support person (suesequently sacked) told him to do.

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Oh yeah?

"All of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight," the British intelligence agency said in a statement.

A statement which they make so often that I expect it's a keyboard macro in the press office there. Does anyone seriously believe that they would tell the truth about this?

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

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Re: I have looked

Code should not cause compilers to issue dozens of warnings.

Meh. If you're not getting compiler warnings you're not trying hard enough.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Microsoft Word? Oh-so topical

What will Mr Stross think of having a zany, up-to-the-minute pop at next? How about those teenagers and their transistor radios? Or perhaps he could turn his gifted pen to military strategy and explain why so called "tanks" will never replace horse on the battlefield.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: Maybe they should teach maths

How's progress with the proper education version? You know, the one we were told would be out in September. Last year.

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Re: They've done more than you ever will to promote some classroom coding, sunshine

Have you seen many classrooms with enough HDMI-input TVs lying around for every child in a programming class? 'Cos I haven't.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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Re: Why?

(1) Install Chrome under the OS of your choice

(2) Run Chrome

(3) Login in to your Google account

You now have a PC which is also a chromebook. Congratulations.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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"Sorry" is the hardest word.

Is this El Reg trying to make up for the huge number of articles it ran about Gary McKinnon in support of the notion that people with Asperger's are paranoid, unreliable and destructive? Because after that, what sane manager would employ or retain someone with Asperger's?

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Re: But slowly – over time

Vendors? For Firefox and LibreOffice?

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In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows

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Re: @Pirate Dave RE: Always a PC

Nervousness about FOSS is entirely justifiable. Where would a company go which had fully committed to Gnome have been when the developers chucked away the Gnome 2 interface because they were bored with it? How would a company feel if it had committed to OpenOffice just before most of the developers threw their toys out of the pram and decided to do LibreOffice instead?

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.

British subjects do not need a passport to enter the UK; we need only prove our identity. A passport is the easiest way of doing that, but not the only one.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Respect mah authoritah

According to the Camden New Journal

Mr Szemalikowski ... added that if Mr Zaloom had not used bad language he would still have warranted an expulsion “for his mad ideas and ranting”.

I'd love to know what legal basis he would have for expelling a pupil for mad ideas and ranting. There are very tight controls on exclusions and expulsions; it is not down to the whim of the head teacher.

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Re: Oppression

You seem to be a little confused between local councils (who run state schools in Scotland), school councils (which are elected groups of pupils everywhere) and boards of governors (who oversee schools in England).

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Re: Knowing your place

Of course in loco parentis stops outside school hours. It means "in the place of the parents", not "as well as the parents".

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Re: Truth or consequences

And how often has that actually happened?

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Fonts didn't display at all?

I'm pretty sure they did, because I clearly remember being able to read text on web pages.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Re: How would the professor know though?

A as opposed top taking business advice from someone who flogged load of cheap hifi in the eighties, a load of cheap computers in the early nineties and has done nothing since but rent out the property he bought with the profits?

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Re: Too cheap

Come to Edinburgh. Local buses (owned by the council) charge a flat rate of £1.50 for journeys of any distance, and £3.50 for unlimited travel for a day. And the system still makes a profit.

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Re: No they don't!

Real Glaswegians call it the Subway, which is the name it had from opening until electrification in the 30s. At that point the official name changed to the Underground, but it never really caught on and in changing back to the subway, the cooncil have reflected popular usage.

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Re: No they don't!

I don't believe you. I lived in Glasgow when it was rebuilt, and I never, ever heard it referred to as the Clockwork Orange. That terms seems to be wholly a figment of the imagination of lazy journalists. Give me half a dozen contemporary written citations by non-journalists and I'll maybe change my mind.

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Re: Stereotypes.

Reported in the Herald diary recently: A couple of Glaswegians were walking through the city centre one Sunday and saw it prepared for shooting a disaster movie. Rubble all over the place, burned our cars and buses strewn around. One turned to the other and said, calmly, "I see Celtic lost at home yesterday".

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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Re: Point 5

Didn't the Milliband boys use a trust to deal with the estate of their late, socialist father?

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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Re: Does anybody know ...?

He certainly claims to be a very high-flying headhunter, but he also writes for El Reg and shows a strangely detailed knowledge of the recruitment process for entry-level programmers. I think we're talking "bloke in HR" here, with all that implies.

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Re: Agree on pre-degree IT exams

No A-level courses beyond the traditional ones are any use whatsoever as preparation for any HE. English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Modern Languages and that's yer lot, save maybe Music and Art if and only if you want to go on to the same thing at university.

Psychology A-level? Economics? Computer Science? Design technology? All a waste of time as far as HE goes. And anything with the word "studies" in it is fit only for wiping your bum on, at any level.

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Users rage as Fasthosts virtual servers go titsup... again

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The people working on this are not engineers.

They are technicians. Thank you.

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Review: Beagleboard Beaglebone Black

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Education? Education? Education?

It's a bit odd to say that the Pi's origins lie in education. In fact its origins lie in a bunch of well-meaning techies without a clue about education, which is why it has been a complete flop there, one or two stunts aside. Anyone seen the cased education version we were promised for last autumn, by the way?

All the interesting Pi stuff - and there is a lot - is happening in the maker community, not in schools.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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It's be some anorexic bloke with good cheekbones. Just like every other high profile role on the BBC. Who cares about acting ability?

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Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype

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Re: Why indeed

Oh no. Legislation has to be approved by a elected representatives and if it fails to get approval it can be resubmitted in a modified form. That's outrageous. No, not outrageous, the other word. Democratic.

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The European Commission does not legislate.

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FAIL

Why did you feel it important to mention that the commissioner is unelected, o unelected journalist? I didn't expect Farage-style frothing at El Reg.

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Sacred islet Rockall defeats Brit adventurer

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Re: Getting to Rockall

The Greenpeace team who stayed on Rockall landed by helicopter.

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Elon Musk pledges transcontinental car juicers by end of year

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If you own a Roadster you have to set about ten grand a year aside in the battery replacement fund. That ten grand would buy an AWFUL lot of petrol. Oh, and petrol doesn't lose 80% of its enthalpy of combustion if you park overnight in sub zero temperatures.

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Re: This guy

What proportion of the cost of a Model S is the battery? As I recall, it's about 50% in the Roadster, which seriously limits the opportunities for making the thing cheaper. Plus, of course, there is still a serious issue with limit battery life and consequently enormous replacement costs.

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

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Re: BT Openzone - the fake service

And as a BT Openzone customer, I have never found a BT Fon hotspot which worked. Complete waste of time.

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Mozilla teams up with Foxconn for Firefox 'fondleslab'

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Re: "Foxconn Fire"?

The Foxconn Ection?

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Fedora cooks up new Linux for Raspberry Pi

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Re: @Cliff

Napier bones are the way of multiplying numbers together. Become one with them. It'll make your life a lot easier if you want to use numbers.

Now, where did I put my buggy whip?

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Re: No Brainer

And measure it in several independent ways.

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'Untidy' Shoreditch just CONFUSES American techies - Olympic hub team

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Re: "There is no reason why this area shouldn't be the home of a new boom..

Special skills in Middlesbrough? Of course. Prostitution, drunken assault, theft, drug dealing and taxi driving. It's the new Liverpool.

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Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Prognostication

As a result, consumers continued to opt for competitively priced tablets, particularly the new 7-inch devices.

Seven inch devices, eh? The ones Mr Jobs said had too small a screen to be of any possible use - a claim repeated by his fan club at every possible opportunity, often using apps on their iPhones to broadcast their (received) opinions.

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Rolls-Royce climbs aboard Bloodhound SUPERSONIC car

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Re: I'm not sure what the point it.

They are learning chuff-all about materials and systems that isn't already perfectly well known to aeroplane and rocket designers. The whole thing is a pointless vanity project (see also: most modern "exploration") which is wasting a shit load of money which could have been used to do real science and engineering.

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Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

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Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

I wonder if immunity from the congestion charge influences mini cab owners in London?

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Re: Question

It's just the list that's out of date. The site works fine under Chrome.

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Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'

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Cutting edge stuff

From the first linked article: For example, in iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, Forstall recently demoed an animated paper shredder, which will be used to delete e-tickets and coupons.

Wow, that sounds amazing, and so imaginative. Does it make a little whirring shredder sound when you drop something into it ... like the OS/2 Warp shredder did, in 1994?

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It was the Reg what won it: Online Hitchhiker's Guide thriving

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Finding out the h2g2 is still around

is a bit like finding out that friendsreunited is still around. It's vaguely comforting, but you wonder what the point is.

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New Google Play terms ban non-store app updates

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WTF?

What's the big deal?

I have Google Play apps on my phone and my tablet. I have set some, but not all, of them to auto update.

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Re: a plea

Dead right. "Reached out" is a horrible American journalistic expression which says nothing which "contacted" doesn't.

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Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

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Re: Shows

<cough>Apple maps<cough>

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Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

Ian Johnston
Unhappy

If Archimedes had been like Jobs

He'd have pinched a couple of ideas, made them look cool and then spent all his energy suing anyone else who tried anything vaguely similar. "Giant death ray in a rectangular shape with rounded corners? Not on my archipelago"

Still they do have one thing in common: they both died because they didn't do what a professional advised.

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