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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

Mister Cheese
Linux

Re: Microsoft Lock-In.

I'm still waiting for Cisco to release a Linux version of their Webex Connect client...

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Yahoo! hack! leaks! 453,000! unencrypted passwords!

Mister Cheese
Coat

Isn't someone supposed to post this

...whenever there's a story about SQL injection?

http://xkcd.com/327/

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AOL sells Microsoft 800+ patents for over $1bn

Mister Cheese
Joke

Re: GOOD WORK MICROSOFT

> GOOD WORK MICROSOFT

>

> A COMPANY CAN MAKE A LOT OF MONEY SIMPLY BY OWNING PATENTS I THINK

> STEVE BLAMMER AND I THINK A LOT ALIKE

ME TOO

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Hold on a sec - leap seconds granted a last-minute reprieve

Mister Cheese
Mushroom

Tectonic shift

Not sure how relevant leap-seconds are - Greenwich isn't even on its own meridian any more...

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Mac OS X daddy quits Apple

Mister Cheese
Black Helicopters

why else?

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco_and_apple_agreement_on_ios_trademark/

...and by 'license' I suspect they mean for a little bit more than 2 shillings and ninepence.

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World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted

Mister Cheese
Boffin

HTTP/1.1

HTTP/1.1 has the 'Host:' header which the browser/client used for the server-name in the original request. A load-balancer/content-inspector/unspecified-network-device can read this and redirect traffic to the relevant real server. In case you were wondering.

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Doctor Who to marry Doctor Who's daughter

Mister Cheese
Happy

Our Rob or Ross

Lister: I'm me own Dad!

Rimmer: That certainly explains a lot...

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Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers

Mister Cheese
FAIL

Yes...

...you are wrong. TrafficMaster sensors (the blue cameras) monitor speed by dropping some of the registration-number, but the SPECS cameras (the yellow ones) record the whole registration number for speed-limit enforcement purposes.

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ARM flexes muscles with fivefold performance boost

Mister Cheese
FAIL

Indeed.

Hell, even the 8-bit 6502 CPU in the ARM's ancestor had a 16-bit address bus...

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Nokia debuts four cheapo phones

Mister Cheese
Happy

2 SIMs

Just guessing... but here's an example. You go on holiday to Spain, and you have a UK and a Spanish SIM in your mobile. Whilst in Spain, you switch the phone to use the Spanish SIM for outgoing calls, but because both SIMs are active, you can receive calls to either your UK and your Spanish numbers, without the need to carry two mobiles. Possibly.

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O2 gets legal on Ofcom

Mister Cheese
Alert

Small point...

... but TMo and Orange are on 1800MHz - 1900 is a US band.

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Vulture 1, Eyjafjallajökull nil (half time)

Mister Cheese
FAIL

Typical Heathrow

"on the runway five minutes after the scheduled departure time"

So, practically empty airport, clear air-space, and you're still departing late...

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NASA tests amazing bailout rocket which will never be used

Mister Cheese
Flame

iwantoneofthose

0-600 in 2 seconds? I understand why that sort of acceleration is required - but is that sort of force survivable?

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Labour manifesto changes a byte bit

Mister Cheese
FAIL

Basic maths

"A commitment to a 2 megabyte broadband speed would actually imply something like 16.8 megabits"

When I were a lad, there were 8 bits in a byte. Regardless of what a Mega is, where did the 0.8 come from?

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Microsoft stealth launches 'historic' programming language

Mister Cheese
WTF?

/Title

F-pound ?

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Dell bars Win 7 refunds from Linux lovers

Mister Cheese
Happy

Swampland

Does it come with a free Alligator?

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NASA preps Mars rover rescue plan

Mister Cheese
Pint

@amanfrommars

Can you just go give it a kick please?

My Bigtrak used to get bogged down in carpets - and a gentle push used to help...

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NASA: the world will not end in 2012

Mister Cheese
Pint

@weirdcult

Don't forget your towel.

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Spain 'goes 50% wind powered' - in the small hours

Mister Cheese
Pint

Why water?

How about instead of pumping lots of water up a hill we dangle a big weight down a deep hole? Or winch it up a big tower (like the ones holding the windmills up)?

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Cambridgeshire makes road charge last resort

Mister Cheese
Badgers

@Paul B

"...Oh, the bus is cheeper..."

You haven't visited Cambridge recently have you? it's cheaper to drive than take the park+ride...

A free bus service - that would make me leave the car at home. Would probably cost less than half a billion quid to run, too!

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Web firms seek Royal Mail rivals with GSOH for delivery fling

Mister Cheese
IT Angle

@AC, 12:35

Royal mail != Post office. For some reason.

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New NASA rocket fuel 'could be made on Moon, Mars'

Mister Cheese
Flame

Strange...

...isn't this part of the plot from Total Recall?

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Fresh effects for Cocoa apps

Mister Cheese
FAIL

*slap*

The penalty for using undocumented code features is...?

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How to set up your HDTV like a pro

Mister Cheese
Troll

So...

...I'll need to use a test-card, a blue gel, and a colorimiter every time I close the curtains or turn on the light, or a cloud goes past, or in fact anything else that will change the ambient light?

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China seals town after plague deaths

Mister Cheese
Alert

@Ed Blackshaw

...except you potentially have only 24 hours from infection to death...

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Ofcom to start new number mobility consultation

Mister Cheese
Boffin

@Dr Mouse

"However, the call forwarding malarkey is tosh. What ofcom need to do it have the number transfered to the control of the new provider. It's not a difficult one."

...however it does make routing tables much smaller if you route, say, all 07973 numbers to Orange and let them handle the distribution of ported subscribers, than for all operators to know which network all UK subscribers were using.

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Mission control reacquires UK space cheddar

Mister Cheese
Happy

Successful mission

So the actual 'spacecraft' worked fine - and I'm guessing the other bits only failed when the batteries froze. We even managed a safe recovery of the payload. Top marks!

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Swine flu site struggles to stay up

Mister Cheese
FAIL

Never mind Oxfordshire...

Surrey (Redhill) is now in S.West England.

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Owners say iPhone 3GS is a scorcher

Mister Cheese
Boffin

@Michael C

"I had a nearly 2 hour conversation with a friend last night, the phone in my pocket the whole time. No issues."

...other than a slightly microwaved pair?

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Time Warner gives up selling AOL

Mister Cheese
Coat

Re: Just let AOL sink!

> The problem with AOL is that it had an absolutely awful user

> interface. It tried to provide its own browser and download files

> in a foirmat that was incompatible with anything else. They

> tried to provides loads of content when all you wanted was

> access to email and the worldwide web. They seemed to

> assume that all you wanted was what AOL provided.

> The one good thing was that you got three months' free

> service in which to sort yourself out with a decent ISP.

Me too.

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Orange rolls with Wikimedia

Mister Cheese
Coat

AOLuser

> On the other hand, once those 55 million users

> discover they can edit pages it could be more

> reminiscent of when AOL users descended on

> Usenet, rendering it useless within days.

Me too.

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Privacy campaigner vows legal challenge to Google Street View

Mister Cheese
Go

Privacy laws in public places

Thankfully Google has a bit more cash and lawyers than the average person - so if Google can successfully argue the case that it's permissable to take photos in public without written consent from everyone in the pictures - that might hopefully stop the overzealous law enforcement officers from assuming the opposite. Maybe.

I'd just like to know their schedule so I can make sure the front lawn's been mowed if they happen to drive by!

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Ex-Star Wars boffins build mosquito-blasting raygun

Mister Cheese
Go

Cool :-)

...but can it zap wasps too?

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Science-boosting thickie questionnaire backfires

Mister Cheese
Happy

Seems they read El Reg...

66%-75% - and the right answer is now 71%

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Boffins: Send robot lawn tractors to the Moon

Mister Cheese
Joke

@ian

Yes, but it's mine - I have the deeds to prove it. It's where I keep my Wensleydale mine.

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US Navy orders new electric hyper-kill railgun

Mister Cheese
Dead Vulture

Fizzicks

Power most likely from a newcular reactor. Aircraft-carriers have a few of these already. And as for the flames and explosions - GCSE generic science states that when you stop a fast-moving heavy object quickly, things get hot. Conservation of energy I think it was called...

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EU says Microsoft violated law with IE on Windows

Mister Cheese
Pirate

Why not Macs and Linux?

...cos at the moment, the vast majority of PCs run Windows.

As for bundling IE with the OS - why not include a choice of 3 or 4 browsers for the end-user to decide on first login, with the listed order and default radio-button selected at 'random'? Maybe the EU should start banning the sale of Windows until MS pull their finger out.

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Canon Digital Ixus 980 IS compact camera

Mister Cheese
Boffin

ISO3200

If it works the same as my 900Ti - the ISO3200 setting only shoots at half resolution - so it uses multiple sensor pixels to produce a single pixel in the final image. Yes, it's a little grainy - but a lot better than you'd expect for a small camera.

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Another miserable quarter for Dixons

Mister Cheese

Uncompetetive

Speaking of 'miserable', that's how they perform on price-comparison websites too. Maybe I'll want to pay 5% more for the convenience of being able to go into a shop and by whatever immediately instead of waiting for home-delivery - but 60% more on a TV is really taking the urine. Clearly people have noticed and are going elsewhere.

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Microvision protoypes iPhone-sized projector

Mister Cheese
Dead Vulture

iPhone-sized?

How big is an iPhone using standard Reg measures?

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Gov aims to extend dead artists' royalty denial

Mister Cheese
IT Angle

Continuous payment

I do a bit of work, and I get paid for it. But I have to keep doing other bits of work to keep getting paid.

Oh, to be a musician who (if they're lucky) works for half an hour and then proceeds to take an income from this work for the rest of his life plus 70 years.

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The DNA database and you

Mister Cheese

@coalescence

Let us all know where your friend lives, and we can start treating his house walls like a toilet.

It's disgusting, it's criminal damage, it's smelly... I bet he didn't wash his hands afterwards either. Quite right to take a copy - next time the police find a patch of pee somewhere, they can (if they so desire) take a swab and run it through their system. If it happens to be your friend again, well, he clearly hasn't learned from the first offence.

A parking offence is generally a civil matter - hence no DNA entry required.

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Microsoft retires Windows 3.11 on 18th birthday

Mister Cheese
Paris Hilton

Inflight entertainment

When my terminal crashed on a Virgin flight a few years ago, I was treated to a little penguin logo during the reboot - not Win3.11...

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Hitachi UT32MH70 32in LCD TV

Mister Cheese
Happy

@ @ @ AC

Now there was me thinking that interlaced had the same number of lines as progressive, just half the refresh-rate - first cycle draws in the odd-numbered rows, next one the even-numbered rows. Unless I'm missing something...

Oh, and my lappy screen's only about 6mm. True, it has a box connected to it containing the rest of the useful components, but I'll ignore that for the purpose of statistics...

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Top aero boffin: Green planes will be noisy planes

Mister Cheese
Happy

@AC (overwing engines)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P6M_SeaMaster - I guess it's been done before...

Course, the noise for the human cargo might be a little excessive - but what's to stop designers moving the passengers below the wings with the luggage hold on top? Or even sticking the wings on the top... maybe just too unconventional for the people with the money to risk.

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UK confirms e-voting death

Mister Cheese
Black Helicopters

Cost-based decision?

Maybe they've discovered that it's cheaper to count the votes by hand than it is to commission another government IT project...

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BMW unwraps electric Mini

Mister Cheese
Flame

Can someone explain the maths please?

Nice concept - maybe if they turn the power down a little it could go a bit further on a full erm tank of sparks.

Can someone with a little more insight please explain how by adding 28kWh of electricity I can end up with 35kWh in the tank? Maybe it's worth investing in that mini-windmill after all.

Flames, cos of the quarter-tonne of Li-ion battery...

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Brussels bounces BT-Phorm quiz back to UK.gov

Mister Cheese
Coat

@Graham Wood

Organised? This is BT you're talking about here...

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Segway shock army to invade Department of Transport

Mister Cheese
Coat

Playmobil

Will also accept Lego if there's no PM-Segway yet...

Maybe Segway's could be permitted to use the railway-lines too? FFS, it's an unregistered, untaxed, motorized vehicle... oops, I've said the 'T' word, now maybe they'll be legalized - for a fee to HMRC...

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DARPA develops zap-bomb electropulse countermeasures

Mister Cheese
Black Helicopters

Cheaper solution

A spare radio in a tin box in case the first one gets fried. Can I have my $500M development budget now please?

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