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Google pulls Gaza games from Play store

Peter Stone

Why don't they.....

Produce a game based on the Amtrak Wars? I mean that is American killing American. The aim of the game could be for the Federation to stop the Tallisman, & the mute side to produce the first green blade of grass.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

Peter Stone

What next?

Micrisift are trying to lure businesses to use Windows 8.1, which businesses seem to be resisting & staying with Windows 7. My thought for a long time has been, what will businesses do when the next version of Windows comes out, & Windows 7 gets eol.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Peter Stone

But, but.....

Using a shotgun's more fun!

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Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

Peter Stone

A thought

Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

& how does the poem you've paraphrased end? Oh yes;

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.'

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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

Peter Stone

Why has this popped into my head?

You're in a self driving car, & the display flashes up "we're going to be in a serious accident, the following link may be of future use", followed by a link to Jones & Sons, family undertakers.

Another one is you're sitting at your desktop & the display shows an advert saying "Your google toilet has detected that you haven't used it for two days, Can we suggest Fred's enema & colinic irrigation service?"

Must drink more coffee.

(There's no joke icon available)

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

Peter Stone

Re: Business as usual

In my experience, those people who click on the "your pc is running slow"/"your

pc has a virus" type adverts do so because at the bottom it usually states "microsoft certified partner" & they've been 'conditoned' to trust it. As there are always patches & upgrades being downladed to their pc's

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

Peter Stone

Why.......

is E M Forster's story "The Machine Stops" popping into my mind every time I read an article like this, about an always connected system?

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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

Peter Stone
Happy

Hang on a minute....

The name of the company is iProvo, are Apple aware of this?

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: How Victorian.

My version of the saying is

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, become Ofstead inspectors!

(After experience gained from going through several of them).

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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

Peter Stone
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Re: We need a relay

I think you'll find it was called Venus Equalateral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Equilateral) proposed in the early 1940s.

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Curiosity's MYSTERY MARS find: NASA reveals THE TRUTH

Peter Stone
Happy

Pay? Pay? Oh I wish I had that much influance :)

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Peter Stone
Happy

The truth that NASA will reveal is......that a Mars a day helps you work,rest & play! Simples :)

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Ofcom anoints broadcaster: Local TV is nearly here

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Bring back topless darts !

Don't forget the weather forecast in Norwegian/Swedish :)

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APPLE reveals complete updated blueprints of SPACESHIP JOBS

Peter Stone
Happy

Hmmmm....

Wil the fathfull gather & using pure mind power, levitate the structure to a better place? :)

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

Peter Stone

How about that mainstay of engineers over the years, the slide rule?

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America mounts attempt to top the Register's world record spaceflight

Peter Stone
Happy

Given the Bonid articles on El Reg, perhaps the best way to deal with the American plane would be to launch LOHAN into orbit & arrange for the front to open & swallow it. - just a thought

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Apple files 'Shake to Print' iOS patent application

Peter Stone
Happy

Okay.....

Do you think Apple are ready for the rsi & tennis elbow law suits this might generate?

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Missed opportunity

You beat me to it. As I started reading the article I thought about putting a TV B Gone in one, it would be perfect1

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Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

Peter Stone

Re: Sunk cost

I seem to recall seeing an RAF year book, just after Concorde had started flying, showing a drawing of a Concorde with RAF roundels carrying three nuclear bombs, with a caption pointing out that it could be our next bomber

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Doctor Who gets one-off special to mark Time Lord's 50th year on telly

Peter Stone
FAIL

Re: "I remember the first transmission." Me too.

I'm another one who remembers the first episode, though at the time, I couldn't understand why the BBC were talking about postponing Dr Who, to show a programme about some guy who had been shot in America the previous day, then again, I was only 12.

(I've told this tale to younger people, & watched them fail to understand just how big & remote the world seemed back then.)

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Why one storage admin fears Justin Bieber

Peter Stone

Re: School I work at took another approach.

Funny, all the schools & colleges I worked at used a fixed size for user directories, & it took a very persuasive arguement on the part of the user, plus an examination of the current contents of thier user area befor the size ws increased. This was usually only done for year 11 & the sixth form. Worked a treat.

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Home Secretary to decide on McKinnon extradition by October

Peter Stone
Facepalm

Should he really be extradited? I say no.

I've always been slightly confused. As I recall the timeline, (from memory, & without consulting a pile of saved web pages), went something like this.

2000 - 2001 Gary McKinnon carries out the hacking.

2002 He's caught & confesses. The US government is asked if they want him prosecuted under UK law, (2 years inside and/or £5000 fine IIRC), they decline.

2004 - 2005 The treaty is signed by David Blunkit, to allow the extradition of terrorists to the US. The US immediately apply for the extradition of Gary McKinnon, amongst others, using this treaty. None of them terrorists, at least as I understand the term.

This is why I say he shouldn't be extradited, tried yes, but extradited for trial in the US, no.

My other "moan" over all this, is that according to what I remember, most of the breaking into the computers happened using the systems default passwords This is despite Clifford Stoll writing the Cuckoo's Egg, 10 years previously, in which he details how the break-in's occurred - using defaut passwords! Was nothing learnt in the intervening years? (Other than by me? :) )

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

Peter Stone

Re: Here's hoping for your sake

I was under the impression that the first person to suggest a "United States of Europe", was Napoleon Bonaparte while exiled to St Helina

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Typical Apple

Hang on, who said anything about rectangular shaped desks? surely all apple employees need is a chair & a space for their iPads.

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Virgin Media mauls UK.gov for pumping millions into BT

Peter Stone

Re: Cables

From what I can recall, a large amount of the original cabling, was done by Southwestern Bell

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IP law probe MPs hunt for smoking gun, find plenty of smoke

Peter Stone
Happy

Of course, taking photos, & having a newspaper to publish them in might help :)

(Someone who will be checking if he's being followed by a white van tonight!)

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Solving traffic jams with maths

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Black rubber tubes

Was I the only child who used to jump on the strips to try & get the lights to change? (Traffic was MUCH lighter in those days! :)

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Appeals court cracks open Google AdWords v Rosetta Stone case

Peter Stone

Re: However

In the late1970s, I worked for the third biggest producer of ice cream in the UK. At the time Walls & Loyns Maid had around 80% of the market. Based on this, Walls tried to start a campaign to get people to start referring to ice cream as walls' , in the way that they referred to a vacuum cleaner as a Hoover, or a ballpoint pen as a Biro.

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Printers SMASHED to bits in Office Space copycat revenge vid

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: What?

I know, where are the Mythbusters when you need them?

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The Register obtains covert snaps of Google's new London offices

Peter Stone
Happy

The first pic,

On seeing the first picture, my inital thought was, that someone had scattered giant licorice allsorts on the floor.

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Blighty's 'leccy power plant reform deals gas a winning hand

Peter Stone

Ok...

I admit that gas is better. However, from what I've read in the past, We only have enough storage to last about two weeks with current usage. It would have been nice to seen some indication of forethought on this in the inital stages. Instead of what seems like undue haste in rushing things through.

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Spider venom to be tested for pesticide potential

Peter Stone

Re: Spider resistance

Doh!! twings == twinges.

(blame it on my laptop keyboard!)

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Peter Stone

Re: Re: Spider resistance

Regarding book plots, I thought the book "Web" by the same author, far more frightening with regard to spiders. I admit I'm not an arachanphobe, but I had one or two twings after reading it.

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Jester hacker brags of mobe attack on Anonymous, baby-kisser

Peter Stone

A Funny thing

In Wolverhampton there is a lampost I pass everyday, with an A4 piece of card fastened around it, which has a QR code on it & nothing else. I've often wondered just where it leads, (I don't have a phone capable of utilising it), & how many people have accessed it. Has anyone tried something like this? Thing is, it's scary just how gullable some people are.

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Anonymous takes down Vatican website

Peter Stone
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Re: Burn in Hell

No way, Satan wouldn't want the competition!

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

Peter Stone

> Not to mention, there are millions of geeks out there for whom $35 is small change and they will want one even if it ends up in a drawer, having been hardly used.

I thought RS & Farnell were trade only organisations?

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Kelihos botnet BACK FROM THE DEAD

Peter Stone

The most obvious problem I can see is that your average user might think it's a pop-up screen from a piece of malware & do what they've been told to do so many times, & ignore it

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Man recreates ZX81... in Lego

Peter Stone
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Simon Round and The Fuzzy Whatnot.

Hmm sounds like a good name for a pop group!

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Kids should be making software, not just using it - Gove

Peter Stone
And here's me thinking it was to make Britain great again by cracking the skasis paradigm
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Boffins hack evolution, create SUPERSOLDIER ANTS

Peter Stone
Trollface

I prefer Phase IV

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Samsung v iPhone 4S French entrenchment: 'TOTAL WAR'

Peter Stone
Happy

Why are Apple's lawyers kicking up a fuss? They should be glad, as they're getting to travel to exotic places around the world for free. Us ordinary mortals have to pay large sums of money for the same privilege!

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Domain registry touts dot-surnames for $500k

Peter Stone
Happy

Simple, you'd most likely have a lot of interest from PC Plod & co, plus a lot of inquiries for prices.

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Hurry up with webcams in courts, says Sky News boss

Peter Stone

Why......

Did this article immediately bring a picture of the defendants wearing t-shirts/jump suits with adverts on them?

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Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

Peter Stone
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Dont Clarke's 1st & 2nd laws apply?

1 When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

2 The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

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European Council: Creating hacking tools should be criminal across EU

Peter Stone
Devil

same old, same old

I seem to recall that we've been here before, fortunately things got canned then, so let's hope that they get cannd again.

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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

Peter Stone
Happy

Hmmmm

Every time I hear this argument, I'm reminded of Issac Asimov's short story, "The Last Question".

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Windows 3.0 turns 20

Peter Stone
Happy

Ahh memories :)

Actually I preferred Windows V2.0, on a hercules monocrome monitor. My Windows 3 experiences began with WFW3.11. Dead easy to install over a Novell Network by keeping a mirror of a standard workstation hard drive on the server, & keeping the room specific ini files in a separate directory - sigh

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Teletext toddles off as licence taken

Peter Stone
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Eh?

Have I entered a timewarp? Teletext finished broadcasting around here (west Midlands) around the 12th Jan 2010, & had been announcing the fact since Oct/Nov last year.

They blamed the reason they were going on the fact that they where never allowed enough bandwidth to display all the content they wanted & this was not viable.

Someone mentioned Prestel. Anyone want a Tantel(?) adaptor? :)

Oh well!

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ESA proposes ion drive Sun-dodge Mars commsat ploy

Peter Stone

Fact copying fiction?

Wasn't this problem solved in the 18940's? In the Venus Equlaterial series of stories?

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NASA probe scents crusty bonanza in dark moon bottoms

Peter Stone
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To get water......

The best way was suggested by Isaac Asimov in his story The Martian Way, if I recall things correctly.

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