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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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I be worried...

about other circuitry being interfered with when this thing transmits...

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Windows has a store?

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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yet more numpties

probably find they had them plugged in without having unbundled the cables... left them all coiled up and so they underwent inductive heating... this is why you should never use one of those retractable extension leads without having spooled it all out...

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Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K

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numpties...

If we get caught using unencrypted USB drives where we work, we would lose our List X rating and no longer be able to bid for government work...

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

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Can't have that...

the people might realise they're being screwed by the banks and credit card companies as well... ;)

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there is a legitimate use for these...

say a need to get your car fixed in a hurry but there's not enough money left until payday... and the intention IS to actually pay it off in full on payday...

when it becomes a habit and you end up not completely paying it off and you haven't made any attempt to cut your non-essential outgoings, then you've got troubles... real troubles...

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Marvell: NO WAY should we have to pay jumbo $1.54bn patent judgment

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It's software even if in firmware...

it's all maths and so should have been thrown out as not patentable....

bloody US patent Office... has got a lot to answer for...

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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B.A.R.E.-A.S.S

Branch

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Root

Evasion

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Automatic

Steering

System

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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Firings?

Well if they were firing the incompetents, then there should have been advertisements to fill those posts...

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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Spammy carp...

I've blocked any and all postings from Zynga on my feeds... it's so spammy it's ridiculous...

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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to counter mr mugger, you need a panic PIN

i.e. set up two PINS, one real, one for use in panic situations so that when mugged and mr. mugger demands you key in your PIN, you can key in the panic one which apparently passes the PIN OK test... but when used in the ATM, sets off an alarm when an attempt is made to withdraw money and freezes that chip and pin card by swallowing it.....

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

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Flight tested?

Has it even been near a simulator to check that it actually can fly as built?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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So it really is a religion...

Dogma... go against the consensus and you're out... Just like Galileo was when he claimed that the earth went round the sun and had proof...

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: re : James 51

because it is not illegal to cross the crossing with a red man showing, merely extremely unadvisable?

Just gone through the rules for pedestrians and there's a distinct lack of the phrase "MUST NOT" for any crossings so therefore it isn't illegal.

The only thing about pedestrian crossings that isa actually against the law is that you MUST NOT loiter on them...

http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/1-35-rules-for-pedestrians

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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Bouyancy Aid?

I would have had that inside the pod with me... and wearing it...

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Ig Nobles time again?

is it time for the Ig Noble awards again? Those awards given to scientific endeavour that really delves the depths of improbable research?

http://www.improbable.com/ig/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ig_Nobel_Prize_winners

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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All software?

all proprietary software maybe... but not all software...

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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Some better photies of the pod would be nice

including internal shots to show just how claustrophobic it will be, especially with suppplies inside as well...

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: TRAITORS

they don't actively look at all your emails, they just bulk store them, but if you ever pop up in their viewfinder, they can easily trawl the entire backlog looking for dirt to have you incriminated or destroyed with...

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Sounds mint

you will when the updates stop...

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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Re: Now if they can only make it usable

just view my feed in a browser on my mobile... far easier, plus no FB app sucking up cycles and power all the time either...

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US sheddies knock up flying plastic toolbox

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Aerial Laser Tag?

Looks like that could take a laser tag harness and gun on board it for an aerial game...

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

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Re: Serious question...

the desktop environments of Cinnamon and Mate, and also the proper support of codecs which Ubuntu don't even compile in and require using third party repositories in order to get them working.

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Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

unfortunately the standard automagic install does not default to doing that very simple thing. ANything other than default dumps you into the wonderfully cryptic world of the partition editor and it's NOT very friendly for newbies.

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

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slow blow fuses please gents...

can handle a higher current for a period before blowing.

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Reg LOHAN spaceplane: Punch and Judy show in comedy non-explosive climax

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try using a slow-blow fuse next time.

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Pitot probe heater?

How are you planning to prevent your pitot static probe from icing up?

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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Re: service life (mean time between failure)

what amused me was that there were components on the Typhoon (Eurofighter) that had calculated MTBFs of many thousands of hours so weren't expected to be replaced at all during the lifetime of the airframe and so were buried into the airframe when built with no easy means of access for replacement... what happened just a few years down the project was a modification program which was to upgrade said components to improve their functionality which as a result of them having being buried deep within the airframe required serious expense to get them out and replace them then "rebuild" the aircraft around them...

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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14 days right to cancel?

Surely the credit agreement gave him the right to cancel it within 14 days?

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Tor Project claims 'fake' Tor Browser sat in iOS App Store for months

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Colour me surprised

That the app even made it into the App store in the first place.

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

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there are much lighter 1.5 volt batteries than AAAs...try a Duracell D377 Watch Battery

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

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stupid...

can't see it getting very far as they make no attempt to capture the "waste" stream from the "motor" and recompress it again. Should be a closed system pumping the gas from one side to the other.

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

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Yet again...

USPTO lets Apple get away with patenting an idea and not an implementation... there would be far fewer of these stupid patents if they had to lodge a working model with the patent office when filing it...

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Reg readers fret over misty-eyed LOHAN

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Re: Play(monaut) Misty

I have subsequently discovered my father had a lot of experience in mist-proofing camera lens assemblies for use at high altitude. (Don't ask questions, I'll tell you no lies) The solution was to machine on purging ports so that the lens assembly could be purged with dry nitrogen before a mission... something rather impracticable with this Pi camera as it's so tiny...

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Re: Play(monaut) Misty

we're talking about misting on the inside of the lens of the Picam... not the outside... We have no control over the humidity on the inside of the lens which was sealed during manufacture...

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Whacking Joaquin: EU competition chief defends handling of Google search case

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Microsoft... still sore whiney losers...

missed the bus when it came to search and in the end ran whining to the regulators...

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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

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And as usual...

the bright staff take the parachute and jump ship...

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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"Lawfully collected"???

With a blanket hoovering up of everything? How is that lawfull? "Wiretaps" have to be done on individual phone lines... I would expect the same of SMS data and messages...

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Not the only search engine in town...

basically the others are whinging as they can't provide results that are good enough for users to change their defaults...

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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I Must have been lucky

never had any problems with either of the microdrives on the QL I have (still works even now :) )... the software was good and the DOS versions worked well as well... did a very serious database using the database app on DOS to keep track of trade stands (and their payments) for the air show at the RAF base (Leeming) I was working at back then...

oh PS, I even took the trouble to key in the extensions that Linus coded up for the QL... his additions were very usefull :)

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

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Chain saw...

Start that up and he'd have "self-lubed" himself out of there pretty quick... it would be a bit smelly though...

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Earth cops first asteroid impact of 2014

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WTF?

bit bleeping small to call an asteroid...

n/t

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What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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I remember a day spent on the display line at RAF Waddington in the late 90's keeping a pair of video cameras going to record evidence of display infringements... all maneouvers had to have their momentum angle pointing to the safe side of the display line and no-one was permitted under any circumstances to be on the crowd side within a couple of miles either side of the enxtnded display line... was fun when the SR-71 Blackbird came in for their high speed passes... they were lining up over Hull for each one... took three counties to turn around... ;)

Display lines have been getting further and further away from the crowd line with each year... bit of a bummer when you've got this nice big feature of a runway to line up on and you're not allowed to fly along it as it's too close...

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

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Re: There already is a Linux for mobiles.

[quote]Why would anyone want Ubuntu[/quote]

Because it's NOT Android...

<quote>find a way for us to get cheap ultra-subsidized Windoze phones and then reload them with Android.</quote>

What and let Microsoft count them as sales figures???

I already know that Linux will run on an Android phone, it's just the version of Linux that matters, getting Linux onto a winphone is far harder, especially with the secure boot locking for ARM devices already turned on.

PS guys, come on, it wouldn't be too difficult to provide a simple guide as to what tags work...

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

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!When will someone innovate a < 4" smart phone with decent specs?!

just get ont of the S3 or S4 minis...

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

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Hawker-Siddeley has an interesting history as well...

n/t

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: @Marvin

"But it's clear that UK.gov has, regardless of ruling party, a marked tendency towards mission creep and giving itself powers on the sly that are used for decidedly off-message targets."

remember how they said RIPA would only be used for investigating terrorists and yet within mere weeks of it being passed we had councils using it to track down dog-owners and also check up if people were actually living within school catchment areas.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8868757/Councils-have-mounted-millions-of-snooping-operations-in-past-decade-finds-report.html

http://publicsector.practicallaw.com/blog/publicsector/plc/?p=786

http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/files/ripa/RIPA_Aug12_final.pdf

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Re: To not be self-defeating

I was under the distinct impression that the filter does deep packet inspection and so can defeat using a different DNS source?

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Re: Censorship is alive and well in Britian

and how sure can you be that you are getting everything passed through when you've supposedly opted-out of the filter?

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Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report

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Re: Nokia

"The others are just supplying the best products and letting the users choose."

kindly explain then why Apple are so keen to take things to court with their bogus patents instead of innovating and letting the "market decide"?

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