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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

Mr C
Meh

of all the non-IT stories on this site..

..i like this one the least.

At least other non IT stories on this site have things like bulls being milked, playmobil, warm flesh, vibrating things or a combination of the aforementioned in them, increasing their "hey come take a look at this"-factor.

This story *is* good for some horrormovie script tho

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

Mr C

"Echo Base, this is Rogue Two. I've found them. Repeat, I've found them."

rip

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Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

Mr C

method of control?

The article only mentioned nanomotors, which makes me wonder how such a device can be controlled.

I cannot imagine someone on the outside 'steering' it or anything.

At those sizes (3 micrometers x 300 nanometers) i doubt they can fit any kind of control-mechanism in using current technology.

Anyways, enough of my rambles, i think i am going to watch Innerspace with Dennis Quaid to get an idea of the future :P

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

Mr C

glad to see those minds put to good use

Glad to see that the human brainpower of those scientists was put to good use.

Now all we need to do is hope that the result is used for something positive and constructive, and that it will be available to those that are in need of it.

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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

Mr C

whack-a-samsung-hammer

So a ban now will basically get Apple a nice rubber hammer to whack any Samsung phone on the head with?

If Apple thinks any Samsung phone needs to go away then all they need to do is argue it is like theirs and use this case as precedent?

I'm sure something here isn't right

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

Mr C

looking forward to a nice yellow and purple with blue dots homeprinted gun.

On a more serious note, this is pretty cool.

If this became affordable it might be a good breakthrough

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

Mr C

lovehandles

im still waiting for something i can stick in my waist, will eat up fat that i have in abundance, and create a induction field that charges my phone when its in my pocket.

gogo gadget!

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

Mr C

nice comment

Having opened the video, and scrolled though the user comments, one comment jumped out "Copy Other System"

that made me get some napkins and clean my desk.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

Mr C

wait.. what

so, uuh, lemme get this straight, they're thinking of using sperm as a vector to deliver *someting somewhere*?

I don't think i want to ever get sick and be injected with some of that.

In other news, males are being milked for all they're worth

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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

Mr C

Re: Yep!

We've done work using very similar concepts about 15 years ago, instead of wifi using sound.

Although the video doesn't mention it i know that this will only work if the receivers have been positioned with accuracy and exact position in relation to each other, with a decent calibration cycle before before you can get any sort of usable accuracy.

Meaning that this technology will only be useful in predetermined areas / setups, in rooms where technicians had time to work and set it up correctly.

NCIS-style-walk-in-the-room-press-a-button-and-see-through-walls isn't going to happen from this any time soon.

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

Mr C

From Nasa to Darpa?

Aren't they both state agencies? Why would one agency spend tax dollars to develop something so that they can win a tax-dollars-sponsored price?

Hmm now that i re-read my question i start to think that Nasa would like to have another agencies money - provided they win of course, in the process they end up with something that can be used in future missions, so its a win-win situation for them either way.

Not bad Nasa.

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Justin BIEBER ploughs cash into NaaS: NARCISSISM-as-a-Service

Mr C

something like 'hot or not' then?

but without the votes possibly.

i foresee the kids having endless hours of either making fun of- or drooling over pictures in cozy little student get-togethers in Starbucks.

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

Mr C

I'll buy you a beer

mr Levison, if you have are in the neighborhood drop by and i'll buy you a beer for your heroic acts, because they are just that, heroic.

This should be made into a movie and you should get some sort of price for this.

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Oracle defends Larry Ellison's whopping package

Mr C

hey, its his company

someone tell me why is this news?

did someone seriously expect him to get 'a bit' of compensation?

How do you measure the worth of a man, i mean he *is* a celebrity and it *is* his company, isn't it?

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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

Mr C

tube transistor vs solid state

this could very well be the breakthrough similar in importance as the breakthrough from tube to solid state transistors.

It would lift us in a new era of semiconductors, which is a bad name but only for lack of a better one.

If they can make this work technology we cant think of now will become reality.

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Samsung's new image sensor promises better snaps in smaller devices

Mr C

Re: This article mocks higher megapixels

Right, i expected to find someone in here who would mention Nokia.

AFIAK thats the real bar that other companies have to reach for.

Its so much better, bit bulky though, but i don't think anyone can claim they did something revolutionary without being compared to Nokia's sensor.

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Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race

Mr C

choose between talking or watching a boatrace..

no really, if i was him (or at least have his bankaccount) i wouldn't give it a second thought either.

I'd choose boats, chicks, and fresh sea air over a packed and smelly theater room any day of the week, wouldn't you?

the boats go (and will be replaced by, say, formula one cars), but the customers will keep paying regardless :P

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

Mr C

baby steps guys, dont rush it

These kinds of things are bound to happen.

Different hardware from different manufacturers, working in different manners.

You can avoid a lot of problems by thinking and planning, but, as so perfectly demonstrated here, there is always the unexpected.

Before we boldly go where no man has gone before we first need to take baby steps.

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iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods

Mr C

Re: Boring

" surely anyone travelling on an internation flight in the last few years has been fingerprinted in some way."

Well at a airport they're not hiding what they're doing, you just *know* that info is going to go into a government database, 'for your own safety' .

But its different on a mobile device, where, besides the manufacturers word, you can't effectively control who gets that information, when, how often, how it will be used and most importantly you might never know about it.

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Mr C

rules (and promises and claims) are meant to be broken

"Why is a fingerprint sensor on an iPhone such a violation of privacy when laptops have featured them for years and no one even blinked? Giving our fingerprints to Wintel PCs and various border control for years but Apple = NSA? This is crazy."

uhm idunno maybe because

1. i dont carry my laptop in my pocket and take it with me whereever i go?

2. i never actually used the fingerprint thingy on my laptop? nice gadget, but no thanks

Actually, aside from this, i rules are meant to be broken. So now they might claim that fingerprints dont ever go to the cloud, but who's to say they won't go back on their word later?

I've heard plenty of times claims being made which where then brushed aside the first opportunity there was profit in it for someone.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

Mr C

bad taste

".. by saying he was glad Jobs was gone because the Apple boss had exerted a "malign influence" on computing with his closed systems..."

I have no love for apple but i'm not wishing anyone i dislike dead.

Someone saying that just leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you know..

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

Mr C

i like it

after thinking about how there's keyboards that get projected on your desk, others that get rolled out, others that fold out, i couldn't really think why this would be so newsworthy.

But then it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a keyboard as fist page in every notepad, agenda, schoolbooks, etc.

I know how we're supposed to be living in a paperless office (or world for that matter) but in my office we still write stuff down using pens while we have a computer screen staring at us, so we're not in a paperless-era yet.

Not saying this is how they're going to use that tech, but it would have advantages

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

Mr C

Re: The "Streisand Effect"

"You must be new around here."

close to 8 years, would that register as new?

Honestly, never happened to read one of El-Reg's articles where they used that phrase.

English is not my native tongue and i don't live in a English-speaking nation and my interest in Ms Barbara isn't, you know, high enough to warrant keeping tabs on her so that malibu-debacle just went straight past me.

But my goal of learning something new each day has been accomplished, thanks to El-Reg!!

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Mr C

The "Streisand Effect"

Was looking forward to discover what this means but it was not mentioned anywhere else in the article, leaving me with the burning question "what is it"

"The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."

And the article was.. uhm.. i think something about the NSA and T-shirts?? i couldn't focus on that, my mind was preoccupied with that other burning question

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Beat the UK's incoming smut filter: Pre-censor your grumble flicks

Mr C
Happy

they deserve the 'happy ending of the year award'

because, afaik porn movies always end happily, so that site must be a spring of happiness :D :D

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Mr C

Re: long lost art of efficient programming

I remember this application which was popular in the 80ies-90ies, "Norton Commander" or NC for short.

A kind of file explorer back in the DOS days based on a character GUI.

I remember everyone using it, but over time it grew and grew and got bloated until it didn't fit on a floppy any more.

Then someone walked in with something called "Volkov Commander" -VC for short

Now, this was a 100% rip-off from the original, except that it was written by some Ukrainian dude (if memory server), and in the Ukraine back in those days they didn't have the PCs we had here in the west, so that poor guy on his crappy machine decided to write his own version that worked on machines with low specs.

I have never forgotten, and each time something like this comes up i remember VC!

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Mr C

long lost art of efficient programming

I enjoyed reading the paper, its nicely written, and it has a nice debugger if you're into that kind of thing.

Loved the part where it says "Calling NORMALIZE would have fixed this, but there wasn't space for the call" which just shows how tight everything was back then.

Today you'll be hard-pressed to find people that are adept at designing efficient algorithms of any kind.

"Install more memory" seems to be the mantra by which many designers live these days.

"Get a faster CPU" or "Get a bigger HD" also is exceedingly popular.

I miss the old days

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

Mr C

Doubt many will notice this

some people might read about it, but the vast majority will probably say 'whatever' and forget about it altogether.

Only if there's a major public backlash and subsequent exodus like there was with Instagram will the be reconsidered.

I doubt that is going to happen, people are too attached to FB to give it up.

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3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

Mr C

Re: Sorry this model is out of print

"..In 1986. .. We've been waiting for the future for a long time... "

You seem to forget how far we have come.

Chances are that at this very moment you're holding a miniaturized quad-core computer with a very high resolution full color display and capable of receiving and sending digital and analogue communications at lightning fast speeds with others of its kind for many hours continuously. Yes, that would be your mobile phone and most people can't even being to imagine life without it.

In 1986 they would need several rooms full of supercomputers to achieve what you hold in your hand right now.

I believe what mr Drexler described is what he believed to be the ultimate end-goal and achievement of technology. It's simply the limits of his imagination at that time.

Why don't we ask him today, no doubt he will come up with a whole new fantastic view of the future.

The point being that you can't predict what tomorrow will bring. Who ever imagined we could do all the things we can today?

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Re: Sorry this model is out of print

"Really, if you can buy that machine, you can..."

Sure, the cost of a additive metal-based printer might be prohibitive today, but what about tomorrow?

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Boffin snatches control of colleague's BODY with remote control BRAIN HAT

Mr C

The trigger finger experiment

"..mentally moved a finger to fire a cannon in a video game.."

Curious experiment.

I can certainly understand how important this technology could one day become, potentially.

But its weird that they chose to remote-control a trigger-finger for their 1st experiment..

I mean, of all the good uses this can be put to, it had to be tested as trigger-finger for a cannon?

Curious to see what the history books will write about this and how that will reflect on us.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Mr C

can i finally replace my 6 year old eReader?

Curious to read reviews about this gadget.

I'm still on my Sony prs505 (from back in Oct '07 when it was released)

Never had a reason to replace it, although i did have to open it up to replace the battery once though.

Now, if this thing can truly stay awake for 10 days i might consider it.

I doubt it will though, as it doesn't seem to have a actual eInk display so it will consume power while you're reading a page (and the machine is patiently waiting for you, a slow and imperfect sack of meat)

Never bothered buying a tablet of any kind just for reading as it wont last alot of hours, and on a long haul flight you will run out juice before you get to your destination.

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

Mr C

Are you talking to me??

some engineer wasted a few seconds of his life in a attempt at being funny

..who said engineers dont have a sense of humor?

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Mr C

"hardcore analogue-lovers"

I heard this is going to be included in next edition of Websters..

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An autopilot the size of a postage stamp

Mr C

keep it up!

Its alot of these projects that drive innovation across the tech-world, before they get bought out by big multinational corporations smelling a profit once they are well enough established.

But, for now lets not sour the mood and congratulate this team on a job well done!

Keep up the good work!

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Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

Mr C

Re: Sad

Why is he downrated??

I happen to share his sentiment, i never realized having WiFi is a prerequisite for having good holidays.

If having no WiFi is a holiday-ruining-factor i suggest taking a good hard look at what holidays means.

Ofc everyone is entitled to their opinion, but remember that not so long ago we didn't have WiFi and it didn't ruin our holidays then, did it?

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NASA restarts WISE telescope to spot potential Earth-killers

Mr C

Re: excellent, most excellent

i second that sentiment, excellent!

Was about time money was used for something not intended to kill or destroy.

Now, having said that, if they do actually find a meteor/asteroid that is a threat (which is when this mission pays off) they still don't have any means of doing anything about it.

Maybe they should also invest some cash in coming up with ways of dealing with such threats that don't involve Bruce Willis going up with a rigging-crew

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EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

Mr C

As much as i hate Apple..

As much as i hate Apple..

I don't have a single Apple device, i don't like them and even if i did i don't have the money needed to buy anything they make.

But they do however always manage to make new stuff mainstream before anyone else does.

Yes, the power of the fanboi is strong in this one but i remember waiting for tablet-like devices for over 10 years and Apple managed to get them into our lives without breaking much of a sweat.

Most of what i have scratches and i hate cases. This is also nice.

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Mighty multi-scope snaps stunning STARBIRTH image

Mr C
Joke

captain.. klingon bird of prey decloaking!

i knew it was real all along :P

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

Mr C

in space no-one can hear you scream

it is awesome to read how he handled that so well, and managed to remain so calm.

I *would* like to know how this happened though, the source of the problem wasn't mentioned in his blog

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

Mr C
Joke

trade you a google for a apple

First we had the Facebook movie, now the Apple movie.

Trade me a Microsoft and a Google movie for a full set :P

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Getting pop stars wired for 30 years

Mr C

brings back memories

Trying to connect my MIDI keyboard to my soundblaster on my 386 machine, trying to configure the Voyetra music software to get it to work.

Had some good time there, did not serious or constructive but it represents a nice era when you had to figure stuff out by yourself, no Google back then.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

Mr C

Re: You can go to www.lavabit.com....

^.^ this

you got my vote +1

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HP plugs password-leaking printer flaw

Mr C

Make a hole in the air

I am pleasantly surprised that someone took the time and effort to probe a consumer device for security holes.

I am pretty sure that the vast majority of devices known in existence have holes in them, somehow, but so few of them have been found out.

Built in 'forgotten' backdoors with root-access? Buffer overflow vulnerabilities? Unencrypted communications over networks? The list goes on and on.

I am not sure how much it matters though, as the average john-doe will still be pretty safe even with devices with holes in em. I can't possibly imagine my neighbor trying to hack my printer to gain access, it seems the stuff movies are made of.

Having said that, I'm pretty sure intelligence agencies are happily making a list of how to compromise your fridge though :)

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KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

Mr C

waiting for the right time..

..to tell my boss that without one of these we can't get the job done.

so not anytime soon then ..sigh..

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IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

Mr C

In some countries this is business as usual

I'm glad this has been found out and now hopefully some justice will be delivered to those responsible.

Regrettably this happens all the time in this country, i used to work in circles and i got to see alot of tenders being custom-designed to specific software so that only 1 company could ever be awarded the project.

Or, there was money to be spend made and persons high up decided to distribute the wealth between themselves, and getting a system that was neither needed nor ever useful the method for spending and siphoning off money.

I can name many more examples of how companies, big and small, were just the instrument of someone else's agenda and its a fine line to walk, because if you don't take the project someone else will.

I would call any company that rejects a project on moral or ethical grounds incredibly remarkable and worthy of special mention.

I just wish that this world was more perfect so that examples like these would not happen but alas, i fear that in my lifetime it will stay as it is.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

Mr C

whats the point?

I don't get why the author is so rejecting claims of "good" 3D printed guns.

It may be a hoax or it might not, it is irrelevant at this point.

What matters is that the cat is out of the bag, if they can't make it work this week they will find a way to make it work next week.

Instead of wasting energy in rejecting claims made by the creator of the printed gun it would be much wiser to find a way of handling what is going to be a reality, eventually.

Find the root of the problem and cure that instead of trying to cure the symptoms.

Restricting guns in a gun-happy country which allows guns to begin with is what i would call 'the root'

Try and remove people's desires of owning a gun and you might have a good start.

As long as you can't manage that having printed guns or no will not make any difference in the long run

Good luck with that.

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Cyber jihad as Indonesia and Bangladesh BLOW EACH OTHER off the web

Mr C

Re: Ahh

>Trouble is, most of what they are hacking are simply small businesses trying to make a living.

This ^^

I'm just tired to see how innocents get caught in the crossfire.

I guess everyone fights with the tools they have, i would just hope their aim and their judgement was a little bit better.

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AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

Mr C

AMD vs Intel

I've always had a soft-spot for these guys, a remnant from the days when they went head-to-head with Intel after IBM bowed out of the 80386 chip-race and they were the only ones left opposing Intels world domination.

Good thing they didn't back down either or this would be a Intel world now, which means higher prices and slower development due to lack of healthy competition.

Don't really care what they're up to these days (and developments a going too fast for me to follow) but i wish them all the best in whatever they're doing because Intel is still top dog and they're still hot on their trail :)

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Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

Mr C
Joke

android 4.3 will solve your problems.

it allows for location based on WiFi hotspots, without actually connecting to them.

Now then, all we need is to cover the ocean with buoys with WiFi hotspots on them and presto, ships with a Android OS know where they are and everyone has WiFi coverage..

win-win, you can't go wrong with this one :P

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