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Elon Musk's space truck PLUMMETS towards Earth – returns with critical science samples

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Probably a question for http://what-if.xkcd.com/

Does anyone know how non-gently they need to push to ensure the ISS doesn't need to boost in order to maintain orbit? Would the arm be strong enough?

Perhaps they can now print a big spring catapult on the ISS axis in order to remove the chance of any induced spin. Seems like a win-win to me as the Dragon doesn't need so much of a braking burn to return dirt-side.

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Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

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Only 5 days?

I worked for a multi £billion organisation where the Head of our department left under a cloud but was still allowed to sign off contracts up to £10M up to 7 months later. In that time I had to talk to HR and his replacement 3 times over the previous 2 months to get anything done.

During those 7 months he was regularly seen in the corridors chatting with old cronies in spite of his access to secure areas supposedly having been revoked.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Maybe the answer is that people are moving from base linux flavours

Most of my mates are changing to Mint or Ubuntu with some special purpose flavours such as Arch or XBMC. None of these appear in the graph which has obviously been selected to give the impression that Linux is a has been for everyday users. OK, with over 50 flavours around the graph couldn't show every one. However, since Suse, Debian and Fedora are the main base distributions, they could surely have shown these as the main graphs, but have included all of the derivatives in the count for each base.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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FAIL

Surely the real problem is...

not that loss of .ir would affect the government of Iran but that the main users of domain names within the name space are to varying degrees, innocent companies and corporations trying to earn an honest dollar. Sure, some may or may not have supported the regime at the time of the bombings etc. but punishing non-government organisations is not going to influence the government themselves one iota.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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FAIL

Total Fail

Bank notes are just an image. It may say copyright on the front but now the government say you can "quote" them. Time to run off a few thousand fifties.

Indeed, perhaps one of our cousins from across the pond can send us some images of their biggest denomination to print off and take to my local Baclays to change into real folding of the realm.

Why bother "quoting" DVDs etc when we can all be rich enough to go out and buy the the real thing.

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NIST shows off one-way photon-passing metamaterial

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How about using a magnestrictive or piezo substrate...

then you could vary the width between the grating and presumably change the amount of light for a given frequency in the forward direction. Not a truly photonic device but tall oaks from little acorns and all that.

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Microsoft joins Qualcomm's gang in Internet of Stuff standards fight

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How about EAN as a starting point.

Whoever wins the standards war of getting their IoT approved as the one true ISO, surely a good place to start is to use the EAN for device identification. Not only does your fridge have a have an EAN of its own but all the products inside it also have one assigned. Switches an bulbs also have EANs so software can check that it is really switching off a bulb and not defrosting all your perishables.

I can guess that the only major problem with it is, that if you inadvertantly buy brand Y instead of your usual brand X, the fridge will continue to tell tell you that you are out of both.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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WTF?

It is inconceivable they don't have his emails

They see their main task as capturing the emails of every citizen of every country in the world in order to track those pesky terrorists irespective of what they are legally authorised to do. Having grabbed the emails of every man and his dog, it is beyond belief that they haven't managed to grab everything one of their own contractors sent and received if only to have grounds to sack him if he looked like he wasn't doing his job 110%. Maybe they have magic software for correlating everything but are using Bing to search for the incriminating emails.

Maybe their spam filters junked all Snowdens mails, in which case the terrists just need to include the word viagra in their emails and they can have NSA free conversations.

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Which Ebay?

I think you'll find there is only one eBay. The different URLs are used to determine which user interface and language to display but all authentication and account detail is held in the US in order to make it easier for the NSA to keep tabs on all those for'n tererists.

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

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Time to look forward to a whole new swathe of patents

How long before Apple patent taking photos on a mobile device in a higher resolution than the final image and interpolating that higher resolution in order to improve sig/noise, sharpness, ISO value etc.

Not as if there is any prior art on that one - oh wait...

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Re: If you read it (@John Brown)

Sorry, but as a pedant I feel duty bound to point out that GenLock has nothing to do with white balance. It is a system for locking the Sync Pulse Generator of a local device to match the Sync Pulses of an external reference (which may be the external video feed itself) so that you can mix local and external pictures together. Obviously if those pictures are in colour and the GenLock is not correctly phased then one or the other pictures will have wierd colours but this has nothing to do with making antything white.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Re: Stupid

Totally in agreement. If you have a 90inch TV and want to ruin your experience by watching a 480x320 video the choice should be yours. You may have a valid reason for watching content at reduced resolution (say in a window) while viewing something else that fills the rest of your 4K screen.

Likewise if you are total dork and want to dowload 4K video to watch on your 800x600 phone screen so you can boast to your mates, then more fool you.

Payment should be by the resolution you receive not how big you can make individual pixels.

Mines the coat with a phone with built in projector in the pocket.

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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

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Facepalm

The numbers filling in forms online are about to fall further

Once the public realise that the current government want to make as much money as possible from any information they hold, the public will stop making it easy for them to gather that information.

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eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

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Re: Wot, no comments...

I think all countries where eBay does business should be entitled to a share of that tax bill. We paid the money that made their profits, so it is only fair that the tax due on that money returns to help the national debt. And before someone says we already get the VAT to help the national debt, I remember reading a story where it was discovered that Amazon were charing customers in blighty the 20% VAT rate but paying the money to Belgium at only 10% thus making a nice additional profit on the VAT. I find it difficult to believe that eBay won't have followed suit.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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WTF?

Interesting that the consultation process was even quieter than care.data optout

But when you read the consultation document is is obvious why - they only wanted to consult with potential buyers not the actual owners of the data. It claimed to be a public consultation but if you are a member of the public forget about being consulted.

No where in the document does it propose the question of "Should the data owners be allowed an optout from sale of their data." Nor does it ask whether, having had your data sold off are you entitled to a share of the profit. Indeed would data owners be entitled to compensation should their "anonymised" data prove to be less than secure.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

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Amazed its not called an iTV

then Cook could sue the arse off ITV plc for trademark infringement. Then he could control how and where the content is made. The mere fact that ITV plc. has owned the name since 1955 should be no obstacle to the fruity firms fantastic lawyers. History has shown that prior art has no bearing on the outcome of cases involving Apple.

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Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

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Maybe the difference in figures between countries

might be down to how much they can sting each government making the request. There was a recent story on how M$oft make a minimum of $200 and often $400 or more on responding to many requests. European governments tend to be more stingy in paying for information they think should be available to law enforcement for free.

The only reason the US figure is not 100% is that if it was, it would show how much they enjoy selling your private info.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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They have to keep all that moolah offshore

so that they can buy jollies for the congressmen who they rely on to write the laws that let them get away with all the loopholes.

Whoever wrote "Government by the rich for the rich" may have thought he was being sarcastic but never has a truer word been written in jest.

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Bank-raid ZeuS malware waltzes around web with 'valid app signature'

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Trollface

Given the validation process on the xBox for checking passwords, perhaps the name on the certificate is a red herring. Perhaps windows doesn't even check the certificate if the downloaded file is unencrypted but just says it is. Has anybody checked?

Microsoft - so secure that a 5year old can crack it.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/04/five_year_olds_xbox_live_password_hack/

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British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches

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Their big mistake...

was to get hacked. If they had sold off the data just like the NHSIC, it would be a pat on the back. They just weren't thinking big enough. Instead of losing 10K records they should have been beaten care.data off the mark by selling the medical records of the entire country (after first failing to send leaflets to everyone saying they have to opt out of course.)

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Silly me. There I was thinking that I spoke English as EN. Besides how are you supposed to guess there are other languages available when they don't show any pretty flags.

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Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

I don't fancy trying to find the appropriate support pages on the bq website if it all goes wrong. Good on them though for picking a European builder as well as a far eastern one.

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NASA's orbiting space-broadband probe LADEE beams back Moon snaps

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Maybe just maybe

"The Moon's surface is covered by a thin layer of very fine dust, the smallest remains of meteorites and other space debris smashing down. It's highly abrasive and clings to everything due to its electrostatic charge, so could make lunar living more troublesome. Thus, NASA wants to understand what's going on."

Perhaps, since the dust floating above the surface is the same as the dust which makes up the surface. A such it have the same electrostatic charge and like charges repel. Add in a bit of brownian motion and Bob's your uncle^H^H^H^H^H lunar sunrise.

Mine's the one with a few grand worth of lunar rocks in the pocket.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

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The worst thing

is that the politicians are still lying about this data and saying we don't need to worry becuase it is stored in an anonymous database. LIE! It is on partially anonymised when your data is sold on.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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The last paragraph says it all

As they say, this is a MULTI-BILLION euro business, I am sure the regulators will find a way to make an exception. They are politicians after all. Just think of a certain French ex-prime minister and brown envelopes from a major beauty products company. Not saying anything was ever proven, just "nil combustibus pro fumo" ( © Flanders & Swann)

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

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Optional Functionality

"In addition, functionalities such as sensing, molecule delivery, or photothermal excitation can be added to rod-shaped motors, enabling them to carry out different operations directly inside cells that may be interesting for biomedical applications,"

Forget the molecule delivery, what they need is rotating knives or perhaps a nano version of the ubiquitous kitchen whisk, thus enabling it to completely trash an cancer cells it comes across.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Confused

Is this new phone being built/released by Nokia Devices & Services (the admittedly large chunk of Nokia bought by Microsoft) or is it another division that now feels free to get back into the phone business now that all the dead wood has been sold off?

Hopefully whichever division it is has some really good lawyers. I can't imagine that Microsoft didn't pop in a little no-compete clause, but equally I don't see that the head of the purchased division will be too happy with his minions producing a phone not based on WinPho.

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Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

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Hope he wins his case

It is about time someone stood up for equql pay for equal work. Too many global companies are getting away with importing lower paid foreign workers at the expense of equally qualified locals. These practices hurt everyone except the board members.

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

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Re: "Blue Origin"

Aaaahhh! BO as in Blue Origin - there I was thinking Bezos had the other kind of BO and so I wasn't surprised they wouldn't let him near 39A

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

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Amazing how many leaders...

saying what a wonderful man he was are the same leaders who said he was a terrorist back in the 60s, 70s and 80s and did their best to supress anti-apartheid demonstrations. I believe Geoge Dubbya still had the ANC listed as a proscribed organisation as late as 2008.

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Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

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@AC 16:29

I always thought the menopause caused HOT flushes. The icy stare only results from mentioning the tabboo subject.

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Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

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Petition schmetition

They would get their 100000 sigs quicker if they hadn't put it on Google +. This smacks of trying to drum up cutomers for Gogle + in the same way as the big YouTube comments scam;

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

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Does it use a local dictionary?

If you are playing in the UK can you say MERDE or can you use words in in English which have no meaning in Merkin such as ARSE ('cos we all know they speak out of their ASSES) or even TWUNT?

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

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Re: Don't understand this!

Simple answer - they are obviously running the timebase from a multiplier based on "MicrosoftMinutes"

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Simple answer

Since it doesn't atack .EXE files, just change the extension of all your important files. Any decent OS can work out what app to launch from the file contents. Oh wait... Did someone say it atacks MS based OSes.

Just tested it on a .DOC, .JPG and .TXT on my PC and seems to work well. I can even get rid of the extension completely and it still works. Does seem to confuse the thumbnails though - OOPS!

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Unbelievably RARE, two-horned 'UNICORN' SPOTTED in woods

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Trollface

All references to unicorns are just for the hype

as the articles says:

"...creature has a PAIR of unusually long, straight and close horns – resembling unicorn's head spike"

The clue is in the UNIcorns name ie UNI as in ONE, like a unicycle.

Apart from the fact it has 2 horns instead of 1, which are curved while everyone knows they are straight, it has no helices on either of them. Not only that but they face the wrong way.

Just like a wooden block is almost like an orange if it had an infinite number of faces instead of six, if it was orange istead of brown and if it was actually edible to anything other than termites.

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Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

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cyber squatting

I would think if your name is Bill Jockeys or John Cursed, you could get these names for free. If they are selling the names off they are obviously not using them (therefore are jsust squqtting on them) and you would have a good case for a free transfer.

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Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

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Joke

London Olympics

Seeing that publicity photo, I can just imagine they will make the wearer look like a bad copy of one of the London 2012 Olympics mascots. Even the logo is sort of a mini Cyclops.

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MIT boffins show off spooky human action at a distance

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Re: anti-aliasing

Yeah. The biggest problem with making smaller pixels, is going to be the bandwidth. Halve the linear dimensions and you will need 8 times the bandwidth.

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The Register Comments Guidelines

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The Channel

Since Channel items also appear on the main Reg front page when can't you just make a comment thru the usual forum? I am sure I am not alone in not wanting to sign up for more stuff arriving in my inbox, preferring instead just to browse thru the Reg when I have a spare moment.

I mean come on :-

both

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

and

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

share comments on http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

so why can't other stories as well?

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

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Shame you can't upgrade to REX in your garage

This car would be much more useful if you could drive it as a BEV version during the week when you are going to work but when you want to go for a longer drive on the weekend, just jack up the car, clip in the IC engine with some giant dzeus fastners,plug the generator to the main electrical circuit - and hey presto, instant REX.

Also a bit of a shame the styling makes it look lmike its a VERY small car that has had some of of accident where it ended up inside the bottom half of a bigger car.

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HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

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Re: 3D Jams @Robert Helpmann

While frogs are very tasty as an entrée, I don't think they taste very good as a jam.

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Brit boffins trap light in Lego-like lumps

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Who says gold, silver and aluminium are opaque? Vacuum deposited layers of any of these metals and many more are transparent - it is only when you have a thick layer that it becomes opaque.

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What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

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Re: Brought to you from the same...

Sorry but I think you'll find that Apple look around to see what everyone else has done, add 2 of them together and patent that as something new - then sue the the arse off everone else. Prior art is not just about physical products.

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Boffins birth man-sized military ROBOT JELLYFISH

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Re: It is scary week all right

but not as scary as meeting a box jellyfish which although smaller can pack as much punch as a shark armed with a laser.

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

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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Will nobody think of the programmers

While most sane people agree that monopolies are a bad thing, fragmentation by forking cannot be good for the market. Testing apps for a smartphones/tablets will be so involved that developers will be forced out of the market or end up prducing software that only mostly works some of the time.

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BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

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@Stuart Moore

If they mean what they say, they must be unique on the internet. ... Or their definition of spam is the original and they are saying no one has ever sent them a tin of processed meat - which could well be true.

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Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

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Tempting fate a bit

naming your OS after the famous BSOD of previous versions. If as claimed, the new version is more stable than previous, the last thing you want to do is remind your customers of its pedigree.

Also waiting for a lawsuit from IBM who have surely trademarked the word blue in relation to computing.

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

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I can't imagine it will do much for aerodynamics

Putting a giant fishnet on the outside of your super sleek stealth bomber may make it radar invisible but would absolutely ruin your coefficient of drag.

Still I don't suppose it will dissolve in the rain like that magic radar absorbing paint.

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Whoops! Tiny bug in NetBSD 6.0 code ruins SSH crypto keys

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@Larry F54

IMHO radiation generated random numbers are only suitable for a small batch produced in a relatively short time. OK many isotopes have an extremely long half life but they all have a half life. By definition this means that the output of the generator is "coloured" and therefore not truely random.

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