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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

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Wrong end!

Surely what is needed is something that can tell when your luggage is about to be put on the wrong plane, rather than taken off it.

How about a bluetooth (or wifi or similar) device that you can program with your flight number before you go, and a local transmitter fitted in each plane that does nothing but periodically broadcast its flight number while on the ground. If the two don't match then the device in the bag can sent out an alert and get the bag back on the right plane before it's too late.

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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xkcd

Best explanation I've seen so far!

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Re: I've got my own research project

Upvoted for the koala-ty of your pun!

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Re: I've got my own research project

"and see how much he can bear."

Ouch...

I really hope you're not going to work all the way up to a bear!

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Re: I've got my own research project

Who said he was going to use his own bollocks?

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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Re: ummm wait what?

"for the sole purpose of removing them from the place where you generate your advertising revenue...."

Unless ads start appearing between every other line of chat!

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Who wants a ROBO-BUTLER? Google and pals do – and they've just put $2m towards it

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Re: Bots ahoy!

If they look anything like this...

http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Category:The_Robots_of_Death_TV_story_images?file=Deathro.jpg

be very afraid!

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Obsolete technology...

But a USB plug that can go in either way round will make obsolete the hardware in every computer that rotates the USB socket 180 degrees between each insertion attempt.

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Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

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Password protected...

The Trend Micro site says:

... cybercriminals soon upped the ante by using password-protected archives as email attachments. The email includes the password as well as instructions on how to use the contents of the attachment. The use of passwords is highly notable as it adds a sense of legitimacy and importance to the message.

So they're supposedly sending a password protected archive as an attachment and including the password and instructions in the same email, and that's supposed to give it a sense of legitimacy?

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Weaponising apple products?

But wouldn't something that has sharp corners be better for stabbing people?

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: Which will be the next flash in the pan billion dollar IPO?

Damn you, DougS... why did you have to go and mention 2048?

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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Re: Whatever.

How about fictional works that name themselves after real military hardware?

Skynet, for example.

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

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Meh

Did I miss something?

I have no idea what that Oscar selfie was!

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Not only travelling in space...

... but time too.

'The Technology' design appears to have a built-in flux capacitor!

Be careful with those 1.21 gigawatts! ------------------------------------------->

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Re: Ah the 7400 series ICs...

Amplifiers?

Could the first chip perhaps be a TL074 quad op-amp rather than a 74-series logic chip? Well, they both have a 74 in them!

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68000

"The first of the proper 16 bit home computers were already in the pipeline (Amiga and ST) and when they turned up a year or so later the rest as they say is history."

I remember about 30 years ago a Byte article about the IBM System 9000 - designed as a laboratory computer, but with an 8MHz 68000 processor, monochrome 768x480 bit map graphics and built in printer. I wonder if history would have been any different if that had been re-engineered into a mainstream PC.

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Re: slow memory?

You're right - having been used to CPUs that did things in 1 clock cycle, I'd forgotten how slow the 8088 actually was, but it makes sense since it was a multiplexed data/address bus (at least part of it). Just checked the data-sheet and the address looks like it should be latched on the falling edge between T1 and T2, in T2 the data/address bus goes hi-impedance and the read, write and IO/Memory signals are sorted out, and data is transferred on T3 (plus any wait states).

It looks like memory has from the end of T1 until the end of T3 to sort itself out (about 400ns), so 150ns may well be overkill - mind you, since the design shared the system memory with the video controller, it may depend a bit on how access was interleaved between the two.

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slow memory?

The -15 suffix would indicate an access time of 150ns. For a processor with a cycle time of 209ns, that memory's just the most appropriate speed for the CPU.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Seriously how often *do* people replace their TV's?

"you'd think that this was because somehow the first LCD telly's were a bit slow, but no, they're still doing it."

We got a so-called smart TV in January (actually not that smart, and just duplicates the features of the boxes plugged into it, but it was cheap). I'm sure the time it takes to boot up, show the splash screen, decide which input the signal should be coming from, and finally show the picture isn't any better than the time it took my late gran's 405-line valve and bakolite tv to warm up. At least the LCD TV doesn't squeal as it starts up!

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: This is why I don't have a sunroof in my car!

Err.. wouldn't a tinfoil hat be a nice shiny target for a spy satellite to track?

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

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Just received a text

EE just sent a text to my EE phone apologising for the fault and suggesting that if my phone's not working I should try turning it off and on again.

Err... EE, if my phone's not working, how am I going to get the text to tell me how to get it to work?

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Re: Since when ...

"A Non e-mouse, are you saying we're frenchised?"

and if we use the -ize ending, are we disenfrenchized ?

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Re: demobilized ?

Maybe it's taken on a new meaning...

"Having one's mobile phone stolen"

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Re: "mobile device" has gained sufficient linguistic weight...

..but can El Reg please stop using the word 'mobe'.

Under no circumstances do I want to see the OED recognising that as a word!

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Re: Regarding shock invective beginning with "cu-"

I called my local copper a Cu-type.

He never did o-level chemistry and banged me up for swearing!

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Bog Troll

"I just paid a pound not to go to the toilet!"

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Re: weather

If I'm hiking and my GPS tells me I'm several 10s of metres above where the ground should be, then bridges and rooftop beer-gardens excepted, I know either the GPS is wrong, or I'm about to have much bigger problems to worry about than my GPS precision!

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A phone with a beer detector...

and a blacklist of phone numbers and URLs to stop you sending messages and visiting sites that you really shouldn't when drunk.

Now that would be a good invention!

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Sanctuary planet...

I've never heard my workmates' desks called that before!

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: Erm...

on the 31st April we should wish each other a Happy i day or Happy j day (as per your personal preference) to celebrate imaginary numbers.

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Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'

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Re: Apropos of nothing ..

... but better than that, her Twitter postings just reminded me it's Steak and Blowjob Day today!

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Lazy Picture Sourcing

Damn you, Mr Haines!

I had to go to the Daily Mail to see what the Chippenham cul-de-sac really looked like. Now I feel dirty.

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Re: Uh ...

It's not a real cul-de-sac unless there's a body under the patio, incestuous kids, hostages, a few more murders, rape, and ...

... Sinbad.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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"'my pc' being a desktop mac"

Since personal computers predate the IBM-PC and Macs, I don't see any problem with people calling their computer a PC whatever manufacturer put it together.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: Fish & Chips (for twins)

One of my ex bosses had 2 geese - Christmas Dinner and Freezer.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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What they need is...

more bail-point pens

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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"Beneath the Maple Leaf Banner"

Is that what Canadians use instead of fig leaves?

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Space-junk RAYGUN wins Australian government funding

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Spacecraft expecting a response from someone...

What could possibly go wrong?

cf Star Trek 1, 4, etc.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Farnell

And what ever happened to Verospeed?

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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* For sufficiently large values of 'pocket'.

Brings back memories of my 1970s schooldays when the standard O level French dictionary was the 'Harraps New Pocket Dictionary'.

Named, I assume, because it was so large that if you tried to cram it into your pockets, you'd be needing new ones.

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

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Solid day of use?

If the battery's anything like that on my Android phone, not going to happen!

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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The statue works for me...

Everyone is just looking at it wrong.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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XLR connectors...

Now that's something you don't find in Ann Summers!

... Or am I just not looking hard enough?

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

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Re: Good name

Wow - that is old-school... archiving your porn collection on microfilm!

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iOS version...

Presumably available from the Fapp Store.

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Re: No Thanks

Surely a butter overflow!

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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One at at time...

"teenagers decided that having a conversation where only one person could speak at a time was not a good idea."

A system where only one teenager is allowed to speak at a time sounds like a jolly good idea to me!

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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a game called Flappy Bee is still for sale on Google Play.

For sale?

What? People actually pay for this stuff?

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