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Dr Wolfram touts coding language to revolutionise mankind ... just like Wolfram Alpha did

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Natural language ...

Person: Go to the shops, get me a carton of milk. And if there are any avocados, get me five.

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Robot: They did have avocados. Here are your six cartons of milk.

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Vladimir PUTIN officially HARDER than CHUCK NORRIS

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re: bum him

I'm sure I'm not the only person who suspects the homophobia stems from the usual place -- repressed homosexuality.

Ob. Chuck Norris Joke:

The FORCE feels Chuck Norris

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Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

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Re: It might be classic lit, but....

Northanger Abbey should be the one to start the kids on. Short, sarcastic and funny, with a little bit of suspense for good measure. I can't resist quoting, so apologies, but on discussing how a young lady might bashfully put aside a novel they had been reading ...

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Now, had the same young lady been engaged with a volume of the Spectator . . . how proudly would she have produced the book, and told its name; though the chances must be against her being occupied by any part of that voluminous publication, of which either the matter or the manner would not disgust a young person of taste: the substance of its papers so often consisting in the statement of improbable circumstances, unnatural characters, and topics of conversation, which no longer concern any one living; and their language, too, frequently so coarse as to give no very favourable idea of the age that could endure it.

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Microsoft, Cisco: RC4 encryption considered harmful, avoid at all costs

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Click the padlock icon to see the certificate, there's normally an 'advanced' or 'more information' button that will show you additional details - these should include the encryption mechanism. My https to Google yields:

TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA, 128 bit keys

Hmm.

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Bay pride: WD slips out FOUR-DRIVE network FILE STASH

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Re: Rebuild times

Aaron Miller: "All RAID is not RAID-5"

Agreed -- and RAID-5 has been silly for a decade. eg http://www.baarf.com/

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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Too late...

... nobody needs this technology any more. Just take as many overlapping pictures as you can with a high quality camera and let something like Hugin do the rest.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Just showing my wife ...

... because my company car is up for renewal soon. But she just says it looks too much like the taxi in Total Recall ...

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Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

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Might this approach give one more confidence there aren't backdoors in one's network kit?

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Tesla shares dip as Elon Musk admits electrocar firm ran out of juice

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Re: Decisions decisions.

Wouldn't shorting them create a fire risk?

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Google Nexus 5: So easy to fix, it's practically a DIY kit - except for ONE thing

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@Rob

Rob, do you have supplier and instruction recommendations? Just about to start on the same job myself.

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If it wasn't on Twitter, there's NO point talking to us: One in 10 Americans confess

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Twitter - a news feed for people who can't grok RSS

NT

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New US Apple factory will make INVINCIBLE sapphire glass for SHINY iThings

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Re: Ditch the aluminium

I think "frank ly" might have been referring to Star Trek IV.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Nurse!

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Do you remember ...

... when PlayStation Home first launched? It had weird censorship - "Hello" became "****o" and "Indian" was not allowed at all!

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

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I am delighted.

I am a 'green' - not a tree hugging, knit-your-own-yoghurt, anti-progress green - but I think we should take a science-based, damage-limiting approach to our sustainability challenges.

The Fukushima Nuclear Success shows that even old technology, subject to horrendous environmental challenges, is safer than burning fossil fuels. We need a lot more nukes. Just a shame that we in the UK seem to have to borrow money from the Chinese to pay the French to build (just) one new plant.

Of course we should continue to research renewables. But if we're all going to be driving electric vehicles soon, we are going to need a lot more capacity. Maybe start now, instead of a power policy based almost 100% on nimbyism, whose medium term consequences will be loss of power and whose long term consequences will be the hurried last-minute assembly of suboptimal, and almost certainly less-sustainable, generation capacity.

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Google barge erection hypegasm latest - What's in the box?

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@Don Jefe

... and the other reason shipping containers are such a useful architectural resource in the states is that the USA doesn't manufacture enough stuff to return the containers that arrive - and it isn't economical to ship them back empty.

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How to spot a coders comment

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Smalltalk>>helpWithComments

"A good Smalltalk method probably only has one comment, which describes what the method does. Everything else should be pretty understandable from reading the code. If it isn't, that's usually the fault of the coders (the reader, the writer or both) rather than the language. Any method big enough to need inline comments is usually too big to be a single method, and should be a considered a candidate for refactoring."

^self commentOnly

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

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Re: And some sour grapes too.

pithy

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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Surely ...

... as these incidents were caught on CCTV, the perps have already been apprehended?

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MoJ fined £140K for EMAILING privates of 1,000 inmates

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Outgoing mail filter idea...

... how about diverting all outbound mail that contains, either directly or in an attachment, more than N historical dates, postcodes or NI numbers to another department for checking before sending.

It would be a start. I'm sure we can come up with a regex ...

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

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I prevented my daughter accessing online porn ...

... I didn't want to give her unreasonable expectations. A whole generation of girls are growing up thinking you can get a plumber or washing machine repair man round about five minutes after phoning.

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Kids these days ...

"Get in the van!"

"No!"

"The van's got wifi ..."

"Oh, ok ..."

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Whoops! Apple drops kimono, flashes 'FREE' GarageBand for iOS7

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Drops kimono...

... I think it might be "opening the kimono" or "dropping the towel"

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11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

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Re: And Laws of the USA/Europe are going to prevent this?

Yes, I've always wondered why USians think "could care less" is a synonym for "couldn't care less" but then I'm told they believe that "buried at sea" is how you say "chained to a radiator in a secret prison with electrodes on his testicles"

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Android's defences against malicious apps dissed by security bods

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Re: Permissions

Terry, you're right, but - if you want an app you usually have to compromise. I have a dashcam app on an old Android. I had to give it permissions to make calls (e.g. to the emergency services or a specified contact) so that its call-on-collision function can work, even though I keep this function switched off. But if I'd said 'no' I'd have to do without the app.

The primary defence is economic. The dashcam phone has no SIM, so it can't cost me money. My own phone is PAYG, so the highest cost I could incur is exhausting my call or text credit before the end of the month.

In terms of privacy, Google could tighten up some rules: for instance when an app asks for permission to use contacts, one should be able to deny that without forgoing access to the app, perhaps my having an OS level option to restrict the contacts available to that app to a specific group of those on the phone.

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Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

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are being are being s̶o̶l̶d̶ offered

FTFY

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Re: No surprise

<Sheldon>I refuse to contribute to the devaluation of the word genius</Sheldon>

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: The other flaw...

It's not you that's thick, Psychic Monkey. A reasonable estimate is that 100 gigahumans have lived on the earth since we evolved, and that 7 gigahumans (the current population, approx) had lived on the earth by perhaps 8,000 BCE, certainly by 1 CE.

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

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Expensive...

wolfetone "I'd have preferred a £10/£20 reduction in the license fee to be quite honest."

Where did it say that this was going to cost £250-£500 million pounds a year? That's the discount you're asking for.

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WhatsApp crypto snafu drops trou on users' privates

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Cool ...

"Dutch mathematics and computer science student Thijs Alkemade" ... has an encrypted name

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McDonalds tells fatties to SUPERSIZE THEIR BRAINS

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Re: supersize me....

"You know you are eating toxic muck when even the *microbes* won't have at it!!"

I'm afraid this is bogus. How long can you leave a bag of flour in your cupboard? A pot of sugar? A sack of rice? If the fries aren't moist, and they go into a clean dry environment, they will probably dry before they rot. See also drying flowers, naturally mummification, etc.

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Re: Everything in moderation

"Everything in moderation - including moderation" - Oscar Wilde (although I can always hear Billy Connolly saying it).

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

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Sale of Goods Act ...

... although these things are normally litigated in the US, does anyone have any insight into whether the existence of a deliberately introduced massive security flaw (into a device whose function is partly to implement security between the WAN and the LAN) could count as the goods being unfit for purpose in the UK? Any law students fancy a go at a UK test case?

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Streaming TV Aereo's enemies lob sueball into Supreme Court

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Re: The other El Reg article...

unitron "So how did my comment (on the subject of competition) in reply to that article wind up attached to this one?"

perhaps it was too good to miss - I didn't read the first article so i'm glad it was moved/copied.

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GTA players get ersatz $0.5m each to make up for delayed hooker-beating fulfilment

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I offended an acquaintance ...

... who told me that Rockstar's morals were awful: he found out his 12 year old nephew was bragging about murdering prostitutes for money in GTA IV. I told him that as it was an 18-cert open world game where you were able to do a vast number of non-mission activities, and - to a large extent - make your own choices about how you play the game, the only morals that appeared to be at fault were the parents' and the child's.

He never spoke to me again.

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Double clicking ...

... is obvious shorthand for the thing you are most likely to do with two clicks - select icon, then launch, for instance. Yes it gets overused (Bethesda, I'm looking at you with your ridiculous check boxes on the GECK which have to be double-clicked to toggle the tick) but I think it makes perfect sense in many scenarios.

As do the two single clicks to rename a file. First click to select. Second click on a selected item, start editing. As with all of these things, if you explain to people why they happen, they can learn them. Same with kids and maths: you can just teach them formulae and hope they remember them as if they were mystical incantations - or you can show them why they really work. The latter is teaching maths, the former merely teaching them to pass maths tests.

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Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

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Re: I don't need no stinkin' title!

Interesting point about moving gaze. Horses are particularly prone to looking at things that their riders or handlers look at. I've also once seen it the other way round: we had a pony that never spooked at anything - unless you were carrying a sandwich or sausage roll. She'd stand or walk quietly for an unpredictable period, and then suddenly snap her head to one side - if you followed her gaze she'd use that split second to grab your lunch.

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@JeevesMkII

"dogs look at your finger" --- this is only true of dogs that are thick or untrained. Ever met an assistance dog, a police dog or a military dog?

Even our dog understands pointing, "get that over there". etc. She understands that "hide" means go out of the room till I say "seek" and she understands "warmer" and "colder" when she's searching. Her expertise is food words -- she knows about 20 including "kitchen" and she knows that the tune "tasty, tasty, very very tasty" [Cockney Waiters] means that she's going to get some bran flakes.

My parents dog understood "seek [noun]" for about 30 items, including 5 people. he understood how to play cricket (sit at leg off, ignore ball when thrown by bowler, fetch - or try to catch -- ball if hit by batsman and return it to bowler). He understood "not that one, get the other one" whether it was remote controls or shoes. He understood that if you pointed at him and said "bang" he should roll over, groan and lie still.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Where do you shop?

I had to Google Andreas Cross. I found a picture with an interesting dressed lady, and recognised the wooden structure behind her. Interestingly there is also a person actually called Andreas Cross on FB.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: The historical accident of little-endian

"In all the (human, natural) languages that I know of, we start with the biggest quantity and work down" said Frumious Bandersnatch on the 4th of October, 2013.

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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Re: No mention of the Ebay auction?

This is a bit weird - most news sites are now saying that the bid was in error and the seller has allowed it to be withdrawn. But it seems to me, given the way eBay works, that *two* people must have made such an error.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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Re: The chicken and the egg

I think that might be one fell swoop

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London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY

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Re: 24hrs later

I'm sure if we were to all chip in £145.50/year, the Reg could be a little bit faster with the stories. You don't come here for the breaking news, you come for the analysis ... and the commentary!

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Re: lost sale

I agree. I was torn between the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. No longer, as one of them is region locked - and it isn''t the one I would have expected!

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Hey Samsung ...

If it can only be used in Europe, how about you only manufacture it in Europe? Businesses love the benefits of globabization but they seem to think it is ok to prevent us enjoying the same. S4 Active order cancelled.

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Google's latest PRIVACY MELTDOWN: Web chats sent to WRONG people

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Obvious but ...

"Complaints about GChat, meanwhile, are continuing to pile up"

... in someone else's inbox?

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