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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

Big Al
Facepalm

It may be sensible and true, but saying up front that "Any radioactive gases released could also be “vented” underwater to further reduce risk" just ensures even greater Green opposition and bad publicity for the whole project.

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Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders

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It's tough at the top.

My heart bleeds. But apparently that's not so unusual these days.

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Google spends in three months on data centers what used to take a year

Big Al
Paris Hilton

Trust v Stability

Confidentiality is indeed a huge issue - although a cynic (realist?) might assume that various governments are probably able to access your stuff already, wherever it is, anyway.

On the other hand, with all those data centres Google may have an advantage in terms of not losing your data (which will exist in several places), and in guaranteeing uptime.

You pays your money and you takes your choice, I guess.

But what would Paris Hilton do?

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

Big Al
Alien

New rockets?

Contracted out to, in competition with or designs just stolen from SpaceX?

All sounds like jolly good fun whichever is the case :)

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

Big Al
Facepalm

Inconsistency

So... let's make a currency beyond the control of regulators and governments, but expect the authorities to sort things out when things go horribly wrong. Yeah right, that's going to work.

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They're back: The coffin-punting naked Polish calendar girls

Big Al
Facepalm

509

The 2014 link gets me a 509 error... Probably all the Reg readers rushing off for an ogle...

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Stratfor email, credit-card hacker Hammond thrown in cooler for 10 YEARS

Big Al
Flame

Good riddance

So that's the bastard responsible for handing over my credit card info just because I subscribed to a website for its news analysis content, forcing me to try to convince my bank to cancel it while I was travelling abroad during the Christmas holiday period?

Gets no tears from me.

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

Big Al
Joke

Re: Unfortunately phrased

Someone sent them the Hansard report of Prime Minister's Questions again...?

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Google Reader replacement 'Old Reader' crashes

Big Al

Vibes

I gave up on OldReader when I tried importing my Google Reader feed list over and it took almost 2 days to process it and tell me it was now working...

But I did find NetVibes, which has been stable (so far!) and in reader mode is uncomplicated.

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

Big Al
FAIL

Seriously annoyed

Nuff said.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Thumb Up

"If a major Linux desktop falls in the forest and no one is around to use it, does it make a sound?"

That line just creased me up! :)

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SpaceX Falcon 9 flameout leaves commercial satellite in wrong orbit

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Thumb Up

Excellent

Carried on despite an engine failure?

Primary mission objective achieved anyway?

Secondary objective partially achieved?

From a private company?

On its first real job?

Bloody good effort, given the complexities involved.

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Natwest freezes debit cards, online banking in fresh cock-up

Big Al
Boffin

On the unwisdom of interpreting others' predictions too loosely.

Dominic Connor's prediction, in the article cited, was for aftershocks within a week of publication, rather than a month later. Just a thought.

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Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer

Big Al
Joke

Save the Whales!

Collect the whole set :P

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TERROR in SEATTLE: Gang of violent LEPRECHAUNS on the loose

Big Al
Pint

But...

.... Were the leprechauns dancing around a Stonehenge model?

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Firefox 'new tab' feature exposes users' secured info: Fix promised

Big Al

*cough*

That's "...in FF13 has *always* just been...", obviously. D'oh.

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Big Al
Alert

NoScript wins again

The NoScript add-on for Firefox forbids about:newtab, or can be set to do so.

This behaviour is so silent that I didn't initially know what the heck this article was about, as the new tab screen has *always* just been nine grey rectangles for me...

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Syrian rebels targeted using commercial Skype trojan

Big Al
Holmes

Bait

Or possibly someone is hoping that these alleged vids will spread via social networks to the huge numbers of people around the world following events in Syria - in other words, using the various rights organisations as the attack vector?

Just a thought.

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BBC uses lifted Iraq war photo to depict Syrian slaughter

Big Al
Facepalm

Lolwhut?

"Efforts were made overnight to track down the original source of the image"

Right. And it took them that long because there are of course no handy online tools to quickly search for identical or similar images...

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SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully

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Thumb Up

A great step forward

Space exploration is fundamentally dangerous; spotting a reason to delay a launch is a success, not a failure (after all, what if there had been people on board...?)

This will go down as a key moment in space exploration, irrespective of the success of the actual docking.

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2,500 copycat hack attempts on abortion provider site – report

Big Al
Alert

Bah.

"My moral imperative to expose people with whose choices I disagree trumps everything else".

That kind of extremism is right next to bigotry in my book.

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Yet another OSX/Java Trojan spotted in the wild

Big Al
Trollface

Don't Panic!

It's okay, faith need not be troubled, this is clearly all the fault of Java and/or Microsoft, and nothing whatsoever to do with the Jobsian Perfection! ;)

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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

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Thumb Up

Apple had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

Well, you know, keep trying...! ;)

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Female Chinese astronauts must have no scars, straight teeth

Big Al
Boffin

Barodontalgia

A good reason for the 'good teeth' requirement - because exploding enamel often offends.

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AT&T profiting from Nigerian scammers, DoJ charges

Big Al
Coat

None so blind as those who will not see, I guess.

Mine's the one with the white stick on the icon.

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Space probe in orbit above Mercury sees signs of polar ice

Big Al
Joke

Could be exploitable

I'm sure somebody could use a few tons of dry ice!

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Hacktivists nicked more data than CYBER-CROOKS in 2011

Big Al
Stop

Quality, not Quantity

Surely the quality, usability and retail value of the data compromised are more important than the crude volume?

Sure, blagging a couple of hundred thousand user logins makes headlines, but how does this compare to swiping the plans to some commercially valuable hardware?

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Queensland Police go war driving

Big Al
Joke

Had a wonderful image there of the Hi Tech Crime Investigation Unit investigating sneaker theft...

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US scientists demo hydrogen-powered robo-jellyfish

Big Al
Headmaster

"The jellyfish-like robot jellyfish..."

You'd prefer a stealth version that looked like something else?

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Verizon unveils offspring surveillance service

Big Al

Re: Won't someone... ahhhh you know the rest.

"Teenagers, by their nature, tend to wax rebellious (it's part psychology and part biology). Trust does tend to waver at this stage in life and it can happen regardless of the level of parenting skill."

Trust works two ways - as a parent of two teenagers myself, I am well aware of the issues involved. And indeed, missing scheduled rendezvous can be an issue, but I trust that my kids are aware of this and will buzz a quick SMS over if it's likely to happen...

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Big Al
Childcatcher

Won't someone... ahhhh you know the rest.

Clearly this service is aimed at those who believe that the location of the phone is the same as the location of their kids... and whose relationship with their kids is so poor that there has been a complete trust breakdown, which in turn suggests poor parenting skills.

Can't imagine this actually improving the atmosphere in any family where it's introduced.

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Brit LulzSec suspect charged over NHS, plod web attacks

Big Al
Stop

Case management?

Is that where they decide to extradite him to the US instead of spending British taxpayers' money on the trial?

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss menaces kiddies

Big Al
Thumb Up

Timeless wisdom

The first two paragraphs of this story are timeless wisdom, worthy of printing, framing and placing in a prominent position near the workspace.

Thanks for making my day by proving that I'm not the only person who thinks this way!

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Busty blogger bursts Bulgarian airbag in mud-wrestle blunder

Big Al
Trollface

Wait, what?

"Hellqvist is apparently a blogger. That's good enough for us."

I am shocked, *SHOCKED* I tell you, that El Reg has sunk to the level of needing to justify its content in this way, and am deeply disappointed that its esteemed journalists are now pandering to the pedantic in this manner!

An immediate return to the previously high standards enjoyed by your organ should be a priority!

;)

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Assange bids for Senate seat

Big Al
Megaphone

Speak up man!

And of course, a Senate position would allow St Julian to preach on any issue of his choice, and pronounce on those organisations, individuals or governments he dislikes for whatever reason, whilst protected by Parliamentary immunity from being either prosecuted or from having to provide actual evidence to back up his statements....

Coincidence? I think not.

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Seafaring robots shatter unmanned crossing record

Big Al
Terminator

I for one...

... wish to welcome our new cyberaquatic overlords, who will doubtless be evolving themselves to walk on land etc. real soon now.

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Wikileaks regains relevance with Stratfor doc-drop

Big Al
FAIL

So, Wikileaks have now sunk to the level of releasing information that wasn't obtained by someone with lawful access to it... meaning that this is not in fact a LEAK at all, but the publication of deliberately (and probably maliciously) stolen material. How the mighty have fallen - and no wonder the really big publications are apparently not interested in carrying it.

Otherwise:

"Stratfor’s informants are paid either through pre-paid credit cards or via Swiss bank accounts."

Well, how else would you recompense people who might find themselves jailed (or just 'disappeared') for talking to you? Briefcases full of banknotes?

"The aim of the fund was “to use [Stratfor’s] intelligence and analysis to trade in a range of geopolitical instruments” (such as, for example, government bonds)"

So like every other bond trader, they'd attempt to predict whether bonds would be a good investment; the only difference being the range of governmental sources available? This is not at all the same thing as insider trading, unless the documents contain far more than is indicated here.

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Teen hacker claims smut site hack

Big Al
Paris Hilton

Wait, what?

People still pay for pr0n?!

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

Big Al
Thumb Up

Win!

The whole family, including two teenaged kids, have just been in the living room watching this together.

Nobody was surprised that, having published a foul-mouthed, self-pitying tirade about her family online, the young lady was now facing consequences.

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iRobot Warrior-bot goes on sale this Spring

Big Al

I for one...

wish to welcome our new mechanical barrier-forming, window-peeping, explosive-lobbing robowarrior overlords!

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Ancient cave girl genome could crack Man's genetic puzzle

Big Al
Boffin

Trending

What?

Make neutral data available to the entire scientific community?

Before publishing your own write ups?

Can't see THAT idea catching on...

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Move over cybercrims, DDoS now protesters' weapon of choice

Big Al
Pirate

Circles

So basically DDoS, having started out as something done by folk with a grudge against others (e.g. for comments on IRC or elsewhere), was then picked up and monetised by criminal elements, but has now come back to being a tool of choice for expressing grudges because the tools for doing it (and their ready availability) make it so much easier now.

Ultimately it's all going to encourage governments, ISPs and telcos to find ways to limit or at the very least better monitor what can be done online... thereby offending more people and making it more likely to continue... and thus we go round and round in circles.

Joy.

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Czechs, Slovaks stall on ACTA

Big Al
Pint

@ Diziet Sma

"...and nobody is out to scam you"

Back to your GCU please, Prague's taxi drivers are notorious across Europe for their flagrant scamming... and corruption is rampant at all levels of society. With six prime ministers in eight years, it's hardly surprising that nobody's got on top of this yet.

Granted the city has a very low violent crime rate, and is reasonably cheap by Western European standards, and the country has some of the best (and best priced) lagers around :-)

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SpaceX successfully tests SuperDraco rescue rockets

Big Al
Boffin

Doing Science

YES.

This is the sort of drive and determination needed if space exploration/exploitation is to move forward at more than a snail's pace.

All such projects are of course inherently dangerous - there will inevitably be setbacks and even deaths for the private sector, just as there have been for government agencies. When they happen, we must not let these be used as an excuse to stifle this kind of work.

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Boffin's blog blast births boycott of publisher Elsevier

Big Al
Headmaster

This has been coming for a long time; I work with many academics and scientists, often on texts that are destined for Elsevier publications, and despite the perceived prestige of many of their titles, their business practices are indeed of serious concern to a great many professionals in a range of fields.

This is perhaps a market just waiting for a bold new entrant...

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Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty

Big Al
Facepalm

"Kader Arif, resigned... saying that the EU was trying to have as little public debate on ACTA as possible, and that right-wing groups were trying to ram it into law with no oversight."

As opposed to most things the EU does, where they have as little public debate as possible and the left wingers try to ram it into law with no oversight?

How shocking.

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Flag-waving Lego Canuck soars to 80,000ft

Big Al
Childcatcher

$400...?!

So given the moaning and wailing about "not enough kids doing science", why aren't assorted Ministries of Education encouraging more schools to run projects like this if the budget can be brought down so far?!

Heck, taking a few tin cans around your local shops would probably get most of that together, and it could be a group effort for a class or after-hours school club. Plan, divide up workload, do the calculations, impress the governors/sponsors with the pics/vids afterwards... WIN!

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Alcohol DOUBLES LIFESPAN, helps resist stress

Big Al
Go

Old folks

There definitely seems to be a pattern of the latest "world's oldest man/woman" being interviewed and putting their longevity down to things like a daily glass of red wine... so this makes perfect sense to me!

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Feds: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Pixar had wage-fixing no-poach pact

Big Al
FAIL

@ Arctic fox

"Rigging the market (whichever type of market we are talking about) is not "civilised behaviour"."

If every company has to be completely paranoid about having its staff poached every time they work with another company, because of the contact between their staffs, they will stop doing so. This will stifle innovation, stifle collaboration, and prevent the spread of standards (because managers won't be willing to allow their staffs to work together on them).

Preventing *any* hiring of others' staff would indeed be a market fixing measure, and is something to stop dead in its tracks. But an agreement not to *ACTIVELY* headhunt others' employees simply makes it easier for companies to work together. That's why they have such agreements - not because they're ueber-capitalists out to grind down the working masses.

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