* Posts by JassMan

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

JassMan

Re: The marathon-couch-surfing champion in the Ecuadorian embassy @AC

I know that "the land of the free is the US". I had assumed every else did as well, and that they had read the original article all the way to the end. This is why I didn't explicitly state that it would be a stupid idea to try to consider a move to Norway with big wide open spaces rather than staying in an embassy where the longest walk is from the couch to the nearest door and back. It is why I didn't explicitly state that Norway's only exception for extradition is where they consider the reasons for extradition to be the result of a political act.

Also, thanks to all the downvoters, I feel suitably chastised. I apologise for:

1) mistakenly believing that Reg readers were a cut above the general population in terms of ability to make an inference from literal shorthand;

2) assuming that Reg readers actually read an entire article before voting on the comments.

3) writing a comment having drunk a triple "Armorik" single malt from Bretagne having discovered that it is the equal of some of the best Scotch ever made. [for the hard of reading I have NOT stated that it is better, only the EQUAL OF SOME and you should note that sense of taste is a very personal thing]

I take solace that readers such as dan1980 understand the ways of the world.

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Trollface

The marathon-couch-surfing champion in the Ecuadorian embassy

may not be so interested in Snowden's efforts. Rape, whether alleged or perpetrated is never a political act and therefore would still result in extradition to the-land-of-the-free.

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Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder

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Trollface

Oh the great US police and judicial systems!

Asus allow the FBI to look inside a router without a court order (OK the bad guys had a good look as well) and they fine Asus and force them to have in-house auditing. Apple don't allow the FBI to look inside iPhones and they try to get a court order to allow them to do this. The fact that IF they are successful and win in court, then iPhones will be open to all the bad guys seems to have escaped them. Maybe they need an irony transplant.

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Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

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Unhappy

@ werdsmith

except that Bluestacks only seems to work on Windows and Mac

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Brit spies want rights to wiretap and snoop on US companies' servers

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Trollface

Re: Rings a bell

Surely it doesn't ring any bells at all. Snowden showed that the US were reading all the traffic for the whole of Europe and not just the UK, without any agreement and certainly not anything reciprocal. Apart from getting their fingers rapped for illegally exceeding their authorised snooping on their own citizens, there is nothing to suggest that the NSA has changed their attitude to the rest of the world. I don't think the UK has a very strong bargaining position since the US attitude is that their laws apply to the whole world whereas anyone else's laws have no effect on US citizens unless they are physically in another country at the time of infringement.

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T-Mobile US CEO Legere apologizes/refuses to apologize for BingeOn

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Joke

Misread his name

I missed the E at the end and thought he was inappropriately named since he didn't seem to have a light touch.

Then I noticed it was Légère so I guess he is trying to sweep previous comments away.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Unhappy

Re: Well, if it wants to jump species...

As a Vista user, count me in for an upgrade. I was so pissed off with Vista that I changed to LinuxMint XFCE as a disk share upgrade and never used Vista again.

However, I have just bought a GPS that REQUIRES Windows (or a Mac) to upgrade the maps. Imagine my disappointment when I found that I am now stuck with Vista.

I would be quite happy for MicroShite's spyware to know that I only use ONE and only ONE piece of software 4 times a year and never windows at any other time.

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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Trollface

the whole thing is a ploy...

... to get people hooked onto Office365 as well. Once you have used Office 365 for a year and have loads of data stored on the cloud PLUS your restored 15GB of photos, are you really going to abandon M$. If you think pruning 10GB of photos is hard now, just think waht it will like trying to work out wherre to put all you other important documents from the space you got for free with Office. The plan is just a long term strategy to get people to pay for Office 365 12 months from now since htey can't get paying customers any other way.

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Japan unveils net-wielding police drones for air patrol

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Facepalm

More fans wins

The cop'copter only won 'cos it is a hexacopter against a quad. Just wait the civvies are armed with octocopters. Mwah haha.

Maybe someone could tie 2 quads together with the controls reversed on the second one and see if if works. These things seem to fly equally well upside down anyway so it should be possible.

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

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Happy

@Ken Hagan

Yup! Many car manufacturers have got together and created the GENIVI alliance to run a Linux core on CANBUS systems with just the display layer being tweaked by individual manufacturers to give branding.

Surely it would make sense for the banks to do something similar. If they used a cut down Linux system, it would give a new lease of life to all that creaking old hardware.

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Trollface

Re: Well....

Interesting that the American CEO, Michael Horn, knew months ago that it was 2 engineers, even before anyone had announced an internal inquiry. Is he clairvoyant or does this smack of a stitch-up?

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US gourmets sizzle in bacon-scented underwear

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IT Angle

Poor timing

They should have done all their sales before the WHO told us that bacon was carcinogenic.

They may do better with a nice banana (easily reproducible odour), which could be served with appropriately placed plums. And to be really unsubtle they could add some custard (also easily reproducible odour)

IT? because it may be clever technology but it is not information technology.

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Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

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Trollface

@herman

"Can one install a distributed file system and make a cloud with free redundant storage": the answer is probably yes, but you would need more local storage to keep track of all the cloud stored bytes than keeping all your data locally. Especially since you would need massive redundancy to allow for devices being devices which someone may unplug. The only advantage is that you may be able to be able to create your own virtually uncrackable crypto system since the NSA would not know in which order you wrote or read individual bytes to which devices. The main drawback would be that you would not know if someone else had randomly selected the same devices for THEIR storage.

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Apple – it's true: iPad Pro slabs freeze when plugged in to charge

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Joke

Probably the users fault

In the same way that the SmartWatch will only work with the "special" Apple version of a Qi wireless charger, the users are probably trying (abeit accidentally) to use an ordinary iPad charger in place of the special "Pro" charger.

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: Not screwing buyers

Have and upvote for being so erudite. I hadn't realised that Veblen was a dirty word.

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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

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Trollface

Re: Interesting link

A trifle pedantic but I think that when you are using 430-770THz, it would technically be passive LIDAR since "radio" on which RADAR depends only goes down to 1mm (about 1THz).

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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

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WTF?

Re: What database?

Yeah but!

The only way a filter can work is if there is a central government database. To use your copy of the government example: to find the owners of phones near to where three crimes were committed, requires that the data is on a common database since there is no way that EE can know that person A carrying phone X is, or is not, person A carrying phone Y on the Vodaphone network. Very few crims (unless they sit in Westminster) are stupid enough to carry the same phone to different jobs. Ergo, the common database must be held by the government (or a government appointed authority) since it would be illegal for anyone else to do so.

What they continually gloss over though is the fact that anyone can buy a cheap phone without any identity check and pop in a prepaid sim card, then throw it away once the job is one. Which gets us back to the real reason for this bill: to be able to retroactively go though the masses of data in order fit up any innocent person and so improve the crime statistics.

As they say, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear (except abuse of due process).

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GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert

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Big Brother

You know when someones lying

"He conceded that parliamentarians’ emails “may have been collected” by GCHQ in these operations, but claimed that, technically, this could not have been prevented because the data could not be understood."

So, if it couldn't be understood there would be no point in collecting it would there.

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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Trollface

We want to police by consent

Berry explained the police's desire to The Times by saying "We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place.

OK, so where is he going to display the checkbox saying "I consent to a total invasion of privacy"? And will he ensure you are not defaulted to giving consent unless you take a positive action?

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Down and out? Rimini's Oracle slap spells trouble – for Oracle

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Devil

Time for a class action

It looks like Oracle are indulging in fraud and protectionism if they are preventing 3rd parties from from fixing bugs (which may or may not be deliberate) then charging said customers over the odds for a service which the support companies provide at a much lower cost before they are sued out of business.

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Germany says Ja to data-slurp law 2.0

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@Doctor Syntax

Drat beat me to it. I think Theresa May could learn a thing or 2 from the germans.

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Boffins unwrap honeybee black box recorder project

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Joke

That's some processor

Interesting that the chip has a "duel-core CPU". Is there enough room in there for a sword, or do they have to use bee sized pistols at dawn. We need more facts. Does it have an RTC with alarm function or are the bees expected to wake up with the sun.

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'Photof*cket' men manacled, indicted over Photobucket password-protected pic plunder

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WTF?

What's the fraud?

If they sold an app and it did what it said on the tin, how can it be fraud? It may be used for illegal purposes but surely most of the fault lies with poor security at photobucket. They have a serious problem if a guest account has access to users private files.

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Trollface

135m climb?

You want to come to the Cevennes in France. There are plenty of small hills with a 1Km vertical climb averaging 1 in 12. I am sure they are easy compared to L'Alpe d'Huez, but you know it when you have been for a 30km run. Once you get back to London you won't even notice that little 135m climb.

Should be a good place to do a REAL test of of electric assistance, and the views if you cross the Gorge du Tarn, or climb the Corniche are spectacular.

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PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs

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Joke

battery pack around your neck?

So, was it a brick a la mobile phone from the 80s or was it a millstone.

Then again, even though they must have reduced its power consumption a bit to allow for an internal battery, it still looks rather clunky compared to googles glass

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Why the US government reckons it should keep phone network kill-switches a secret

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why are the lawyers arguing over the word ANY?

By their own admission, clause 7F states " exemption 7F of the act, which states records do not have to be disclosed where release..." Well as it happens, the EFF aren't asking for any records, they are asking for the text of the SOP itself.

ianal but as I read 7F, it is a means for public servants to hide their responsabilty for actions such as the BART incident, not a means of hiding the predefined procedure.

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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FAIL

No wonder the kids aren't educated anymore

Fancy someone being a professor and not knowing that Moore's quotation is not a law. Surely it is an axiom but he could have been a bit alliterative and called it Moore's Maxim

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Trollface

Re: So they're finally out! @ Captain DaFt

If your ring smarts, I would advise following the little pepper symbols on the Indian menus a bit more closely. Just one less pepper can often make all the difference. Also try eating more yoghurt at the same time.

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Yahoo! spaffs! out! plugin! to! bring! crypto! to! everyone's! email!

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Trollface

@John H Woods

Nice idea but I'm sure the UK gov will make it illegal to post messages such as yours once GCHQ notice a flurry of messages with double encryption. They may not know who the recipient is intended to be, but they will certainly be able to force el Reg to reveal your identity even if you had posted as AC.

I haven't bothered seeing if I can find your public key but I assume you only used your own key. To be able to send private messages, you need to also to use the public key of your recipient. This becomes a bit unwieldy as an email system, since everyone who knows you has to try to decrypt every message you post to see if any particular message is intended for them. Would anyone ever bother decrypting every AC post in case one was intended for them?

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LOHAN chap compiles 'tenner a week' cookbook

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@Neil - epub

If you are having problems making a hardware version, do you have it available for ebooks? At that price I would happily pay the same for a Kobo version and presumably, you would then have more dosh to give to the charity.

I am sure a large percentage of reg readers would also welcome an ebook file.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Pint

@Mark 85

I've always wondered why they don't have a backup power unit comprising a small "A" frame trailer with a single castor wheel and a small diesel generator which you could buy or rent when you are going on holiday. The advantage of an "A" frame trailer is that anyone can reverse them without struggling to remember the complicated method of steering a normal trailer, and also the 2 legs could carry the power so that you don't need a separate power cable. Control signals to stop and start the generator, switch on brake lights and indicators etc could also be injected as HF pulses onto one leg meaning that there is nothing to plug in.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

JassMan
WTF?

Will nobody think of the pigeons (and microlight pilots)?

Already we have architects making curved building which cook the paint off cars, sculptors making parabolic mirrors as "art" which almost vaporises pigeons before they fall out of the beam and now they want to use a microwave not contained inside a faraday cage. No matter how accurate they can beam to a given point on earth there will always things which can't read the signs before they fly through the restricted airspace above the receivers.

Since someone has already mentioned a space elevator, why not build 2, then they can use them as both conductors of a power cable. Send it as HVDC and you could achieve much lower losses than any micro wave.

Is it too late to patent a system of parachutes attached to the elevator cables such that in the event of the satellite becoming detached, the chutes act just like the drogue on a glider tow line.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

JassMan
WTF?

Has anyone ever done the maths?

The outgoing signal from Arecibo may have been up 30TW EIRP but the transmitter was only 1AU away from a white noise source producing over 100YW EIRP. I dont know what the sig/noise is at whatever frequency they are planning to use but I find it hard to believe it is greater than unity.

Also, even with the best optical telescopes, exoplanets can only be resolved if they are an order of magnitude further than 1AU away from their star. So the chances of someone sitting on an exoplanet being able to resolve a 2GHz(ish) radio signal and block the noise from the sun and filter out the CMB is less than the chance of seeing with the naked eye, a gnat taking a piss while sitting on the horizon at sunset.

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Behind every great tech boss there’s ... who exactly?

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Unhappy

Don't know about the great tech bosses

but behind the not so great ones you'll find an auditing team, who discover that not only has the CTO's "great" outsourcing deal not saved any money, but a year after he has moved to greener pastures, the IT costs increase at least 20% year on year.

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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Stop

No help for long suffering 1020 users then

Having broken the Lumia 1020 with an untested 8.1 upgrade, they have now prevented their users from seeing if the new OS offers any relief at all. Surely if would benefit MicroShaft to found out if the same power logic problems exist in the new OS as well otherwise it will be a case of history repeating itself.

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IBM says dating apps can give you a nasty infection DOWN THERE!

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Joke

Bunch of killjoys

"users running sex scheduling software on their smartphones"

If you have to have a schedule to to decide when to have a bit of nooky, it sure takes all the fun out of it. What happened to spontaneity?

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Europe just flew titchy reusable SPACEPLANE IXV around the planet

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Trollface

Interesting definition of rudders

From all the pictures on other sites and those in the article it looks more like the craft is equipped with a pair of elevons directly on the body, without any fins/stabilising surfaces. I would guess that steering is accomplished by rolling and letting the "lift" pull the craft round in the desired direction. I would guess that "lift" is also a relative term, but obviously better than a brick. Mind you I have heard that an F111 has a glide ratio of 7:1 ie 7m sink for each metre of forward flight, if you have a flameout.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed! Drinking WINE is good for your LIVER

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Seems like the French are rather clever

They have been eating foie grass entier à la cartagene for years. Lovely fatty meat product with built-in antidote, and it tastes quite nice to boot. Make sure you buy from an ethical producer (yes - they do exist,) as the commercial method is a worthy target for animal rights protesters.

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Dissidents and dealers rejoice! Droid app hides your stash in plain sight

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Trollface

No matter how many laws they make

technology will always be one step ahead

BWAH HAHA HA

I also like the idea of an invisible icon you have to tap more than the usual number of times to make it activate.

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France enacts law to block terror and child sexual abuse sites

JassMan
FAIL

Bet they will be as efficient as UK gov

'Blocked sites will have a redirect, so users trying to access those sites will be “directed to an information page of the Interior Ministry” which will explain why sites are blocked, and offering information about remedies (if a site is incorrectly blocked).'

But either the Interior ministry will forget they need to put up the explication page, or the server will fall over as soon as traffic gets redirected to it, or they will fail to tell the ISPs where to find the page to redirect to.

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Shy, retiring British spies come out as MEGA HACKERS

JassMan
FAIL

It only takes the government 14 yrs to comply with their own laws.

"This code is issued pursuant to section 71 of the 2000 Act, which provides that the Secretary of State

shall issue one or more codes of practice in relation to the powers and duties in section 5 of the 1994 Act."

Not that it will make any difference:- any code of practice will be ignored by GCHQ anyway.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

JassMan

Re: Umm, so not baking soda then?

I think it not the elReg journalist but the "scientist". If you look at other versions of the story on the web, it appears to be the spokesman for the lab who repeatedly uses "baking soda" in his explanation in place of washing soda.

I think most people agree that the recipes produced by other elRegers are usually quite palatable.

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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@adam1

Ahh! so thats why they're called banana benders. They have had their minds warped by toad licking.

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US Ambassador: No, net neutrality will NOT allow the UN to seize control of the internet from us

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Thumb Up

Give the man a medal

"There is a distinction between internet access and the content and services delivered over the internet, "

At last, an official who knows something about technology. Maybe he even knows the difference between data and metadata. If only a few more politicos knew enough to stop "big business", NSA and GCHQ from trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes.

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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

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Joke

Special cargo

>>"The Boeing CST-100 capsule will carry four crew members and a load of cargo and John Elbon"

What? Is he an alien and not count as crew, does he occupy more space than any conceivable cargo, or does he get to travel on every journey regardless of who the anonymous crew members are?

And then I re-read the rest of the sentence. Methinks 'tis time for a campaign about commas to match the one on apostrophes.

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Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable

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What can possibly go wrong?

They tell us not to worry 'cos its got a wireless kill switch and yet one of the tests is to saturate the test zone with parasitic radio signals to test the wifi. Excuse me, but if it runs amok because its internal wifi has been overcome, surely it is unlikely to respond to respond to the kill as well.

Maybe they should have equipped it with laser detectors like they use in proper wargames.

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Microsoft Outlook PENETRATED by Chinese 'man-in-the-middle'

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Joke

Maybe this is where Theresa May has been getting her ideas

see title - reg forum - the new twitter

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Joke

They may be able to build a perfect copy

... But it will probably fall out of the sky the instant it flies inverted or pulls a 2G turn. Their alloys may be perfectly identical in terms of chemical composition, but they just don't how to do heat treatment etc. That's lucky for us or they would have taken over the world by now.

You can tell this by comparing the strength of screws you buy in DIY shops (all made in China) against those that come from specialist suppliers eg.GKN

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

JassMan
FAIL

So hows that going to work?

Even if some employer decides to set up a Facebook@work, no sane sysadmin is going to let the FB@W server grab adds to serve up to the captive audience.

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

JassMan

Re:Real time is no good (How to talk to foreigners) ------------->

Have an upvote for the right hand half of the title and icon.

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