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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

JonP

(via google translate rather than any proficiency in Latin whatsoever...)

Da Da Per Forcipem

(Give Me The Pliers)

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Terminator

Re: Why did it take them so long to start

And why are we still wasting millions on tying to find the aircraft. Most unlikely to succeed without the pinger. And what would we learn? That pilots are human?

You could argue that it's not really a waste of millions, rather a real-life training exercise (the best kind) - think how much the rescue teams and other organisations are learning from all of this. Also that's the reason for finding the plane (apart from closure for the families), finding out what went wrong (be it system failure or terrorism) is important so we can try and prevent it happening again. If all we learn is that the pilots were human it could be an argument for taking even more control away from the pilots...

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Coat

Re: So Red Dwarf was right

So, how long before someone commits first degree vending-machine-icide?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.

Naughtyhorse - I think the huge failure of the later movies is not the way they stack up against the original 3, but the way they stack up against the movies the fans think they have, inside their heads.

IMO they all fail on that count. I remember being taken to see it at the cinema when I was about 4 or 5 (I remember the start but that's about it) and then the excitement when it was first shown on TV several years later and I got to see it again and actually take in the story, and then Empire and then Return of Jedi. Hell I even thought the Ewoks were cool back then. Problem was as I got older the plot holes became more obvious and the dialog got clunkier (don't even mention parsecs). But my overriding memory is that they were great films, it's only when I actually watch them that the illusion is shattered. I'd guess kids who saw episodes 1-3 when they came out genuinely thought they were great too, they probably even liked Jar Jar. I expect Abrams and Disney will do a reasonable job (can you imagine being the guy/company who killed off the star wars franchise!?) and I'll still watch them, but they're going to have to be bloody spectacular to win me over.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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WTF?

er...

Did I read that right - that the system crashed because an operator entered a value that was outside limits that the system could handle and the system didn't flag this up? And, worse still because there was no altitude on the flight plan, the operator just 'guessed' what this value might be?!

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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It matters not how much is down there. It will still run out. Not if, just when.

This is (IMO) the main problem with fracking (environmental concerns aside) - the best estimate I've heard for the UK is 20-30 years supply. And then what? Yep right back where we are now. Fracking will just be a short term solution to our energy problems - we'd be better off coming up with long term solutions now, instead of all this usual political dicking about.

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

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Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

OK yes, I missed your point there about the millions years. But the last 20 (still more like 10/12) years of lack of warming is insignificant, there have been other flat periods over the last 100 years followed by periods of increase. If it continues flat for another 20 years or starts to continuously decrease then it might indicate something (assuming there are no other significant changes).

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JonP

Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

What happened a million years ago or even 100,000 years ago is more or less irrelevant now - the climate and environment changes all the time. It's the correlation* between the fairly rapid temperature increase and the increase in production of CO2 due to industrialisation that's significant here; there's a very real chance that we might be affecting the climate and so we might be able to prevent things getting 'worse' (obviously a matter of perspective). The last 20 years of stagnation isn't significant yet, the overall trend is still upwards.

Personally I think that trying to achieve some kind of political consensus is pointless now, and that it's probably easier for each region to try and mitigate their own problems - if they can do it in a way that doesn't screw neighbouring regions over, all the better.

*Yes, I know.

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

JonP

Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"

"No, still a chance as the USPO largely ignores publications and prior art."

"on a mobile device."

5. Profit.

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

JonP

Re: Maybe more than $100

Yeah that's my impression too - that the $1500 is to ensure that only people (developers, journalists etc.) who are actually going to do something with them will try and buy a pair. For $1500 you're less likely to want to see how well they blend, and more likely to do something useful...

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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

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Coat

Re: why .london instead of...

Surely .nodnol would be for a Bulgarian site?

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Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

JonP

Re: Was it a MITM or what?

Agree, this seems odd, they even know when it was supposed to have happened - "The theft reportedly happened during a six-hour period after the security flaw was discovered..."

Maybe they just tried the exploit themselves, realised what could have been acquired and just said they were to cover their backs.

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

JonP

Re: Unit police

I wonder whether they should also publish max, min & typical current flow for these things - I'm sure they (manufacturers) must measure it, and it would be of interest to a few people. That way we could actually put the 2300mAh figure to some use. Let's face it as people have said, on their own they're pretty much just numbers...

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

JonP

Re: Nice suit

They could always ask the Russians or the Chinese...!

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

JonP

It's just a bigger version of the chickens KFC use.

You mean like a tiger?!

;-)

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JonP

Re: Not original

A domestic pussy cat would be terrifying if it was scaled up to 500 lb...

You mean like a tiger?!

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

JonP

Re: Eh?

How does an air defence system prevent hijacking? We don't even know if it was hijacked.

It doesn't but at least you'd know where the plane was. I agree with the original point, since Sept-11, I'd've thought that any airliner being detected as inexplicably going off course would have as much available tracking gear pointed at as possible, even to the point of scrambling an interceptor or two to see what it was up to. Even if it turned out to be nothing it would be a good 'live' exercise.

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Heroic Playmonaut wowed by LOHAN's bulging package

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Coat

PAVA Antenna

The PAVA ... has three antennas, which are actually guitar strings.

"G" strings, I assume?!

(someone had to say it!)

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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Yeah, I'm not sure what you do with products that don't yet exist other than develop them... but as others have said the MoJ not paying for this development and then keeping any IP they come up with as a result, seems a good a reason as any to let some one else do the development.

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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Re: Just goes to show ...

Er, if they weren't making a profit they wouldn't be tax "cheats". The tax they're avoiding is the tax on their profits... gets a bit circular.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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I couldn't really give a shit about people that look at pictures as long as they keep their hands to themselves.

The problem is that the pictures are only taken (and hence children abused) because people want to look at them. It's not a smokescreen for the real problem, it's the cause of the real problem - in much the same way that the demand for ivory or tiger bones is the cause of the poaching. If there was no demand it wouldn't make any money, and so wouldn't happen. But, yes it's a global problem and more local laws aren't really going to make much difference...

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

JonP

Re: Headline

....a misinformation-peddling tard.

Or "journalist", to use the vernacular.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Re: Yes we know you...

>Perfectly said. If I may sum up: "Dear NSA: Work for it, bitch!"

Or more likely - Ask your buddies in GCHQ etc.

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Pics: 'Bitcoin ATMs' spring up in the US

JonP

Re: Sigh

Yeah, BitCoin seems like a good way of transferring funds around, but not as something you'd want to actually hold those funds in - not for long anyway. The value seems to fluctuate wildly and worse this seems to be due to unpredictable events; at least regular currencies have their value based on the economies backing them. Bitcoin appears to be valued purely on demand.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

JonP

Yes, the temperature has risen and fallen many times. At the moment though it's rising again, and this will become a problem for the survival of the human race. I'm not sure it will mean extinction, but it won't be nice. The argument is really down to whether it's down to something we've done - e.g. pumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, or whether it really is just natural variation. If it's down to us we can try and reverse it, I say try because I honestly don't think we'd have a hope in hell even if someone offered 100% certain proof tomorrow. I think the best we can do is try and predict what may happen as worse case scenarios and try and plan contingencies. The problem here is that the wet period we've experienced in the UK actually had a higher probability of being a dry period, OK that just means the models/calculations were screwed, but you see the problem...

but yeah, "she'll survive us all perfectly well when we're all long buried and dead".

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

JonP

We have a nuclear deterrent for two reasons:

The USSR.

It makes us seem important.

FTFY

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

JonP

point and click

Looks like one of those '90s point and click adventure games, but less responsive. An awful lot of effort and waiting for a couple of paragraphs of bland text and a few links to other websites.

Still, a bargain for only 4 million...

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

JonP

Re: “his”, “her” or “their” the three options.

It's really simple - just two options required:

Human

Non-Human.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

JonP

Re: Interest

I learnt to write BASIC on a Vic20, not because my school forced it on me but because I found out about it and was curious.

Isn't that (hardware differences aside) pretty much how everyone learnt about programming? Certainly pretty much everyone I know who's into programming.

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

JonP

Re: Why not space?

For a start there's all that solar radiation to worry about, and don't forget making it easier for aliens to fiddle the results to prevent us from discovering how to achieve FTL travel...

Personally I think they should build it on the moon, mostly for the challenge.

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

JonP

Why?

So what did the (D?)DOS actually achieve then? I'm not really au fait with this sort of thing but is it possible to get useful information from it? Or is this just the cyber* equivalent of roughing up a suspect?

*(sorry, couldn't think of a better word)

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

JonP

I doubt Facebook makes people conform, it's just a glorified email/IM chimera. It more likely highlights the fact that everyone already conforms in some way or other - even the crowd mocking from the sidelines!

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NSA, GCHQ, accused of hacking Belgian smartcard crypto guru

JonP

Re: In other news Benedict Arnold hailed as a true patriot and idol

To be fair, it's foreign spies doing the spying here. I don't imagine they're supposed to be protecting Belgians except maybe down to whatever agreements there are to share information between these countries. This seems to be more diplomatically embarrassing than illegal, much like the bugging of Chancellor Merkel's phone.

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Give hackers your data, says former RSA man

JonP

Re: This is based upon the premise that...

The way I read it was that if a hacker obtained access to a system and managed to retrieve password table (even if it's just username & hash), the table would contain many instances of the username with different passwords (or hashes of passwords...). The hacker would then have to work through many variations, and using the wrong one could be detected as a deliberate intrusion and appropriate action taken.You'd just need a good hamming distance between the dummy passwords to mitigate against the user mistyping the correct one.

A user mistyping would get the same message he would anyway, but a hacker using the wrong password could be locked out or served up fake data etc. There wouldn't be much additional overhead on the system, it would just have to handle much larger username/password(hash) tables or whatever identification was being used.

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Teeny, tiny state machine could BREATHE NEW LIFE into Moore's Law

JonP

deus ex machina

When your law needs divine intervention, even from the tiniest god (nano FSM - may you be touched by his tiny noodley appendage) you know it's got problems.

Seriously though, nice tech but what is this obsession with Moore's "Law"?

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

JonP

Re: Quart into a pint pot?

I wondered that too, looks like they missed a bit:

(from the linked report)

Ofcom is making available 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum in the following bands:

27.5 – 27.8185 GHz (transmit); 28.4545 – 28.8265 GHz (transmit); 29.4625 – 30 GHz (transmit); and 17.3 – 20.2 GHz (receive).

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Ghosts of Ballmer and Gates haunt Microsoft CEO job hunters

JonP

Re: but

"Will it be as entertaining?"

No, but it will likely end as badly.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

JonP

Over excited?

So ONE of the filter options is to block sex education. The option above it blocks search engines - no one seems especially bothered by that!

Although I've not had to use it (yet... I'm with BT) this seems like a reasonable way of implementing the political ass-hattery thrown at them. At least it's not an all or nothing filter. It gives parents the option to filter what their children see; there are often calls for parents to take more responsibility for their children's safety on the internet, this gives them that control. Everyone else will just turn the filters off.

OK I don't believe that this is in anyway foolproof, or that some sites won't get unintentionally blocked, maybe even intentionally blocked but given the number of people who will be watching this now and of course "Streisand" effect etc. I don't see this being much of a problem.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

JonP

Re: Did I miss the NSFW tag?

Yeah a moment of frantic scrolling there. Spiders? Phew yep spiders are safe.

Though to be fair i really should be doing some work so everything is NSFW at the moment ... bah it's monday...

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Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

JonP

Re: I remember playing TR 2 and enjoying it.

I don't know - wasn't TR2 mockingly called Doom Raider at the time for the amount of shooting involved?

Later games Legend & Underworld manged to have good puzzles and game-play as well as having glitzy graphics. I'd agree the latest is a bit easy, but is very well done.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

JonP

Re: re: hate for ID

Rights & justification - lol. Rights can easily* be changed & justification is whatever they say it is.

*except on rare occasions when some politicians act like they've actually got principles...

It's all very well saying this is Britain and you can do what you like within in the law, but let's face it these days that isn't very much.

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IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! Google's secretive Omega tech just like LIVING thing

JonP

Then they try to switch it off.

THE END!

FTFY.

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'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

JonP

Re: what happens....

"What happens when everyone who wants an ipad ... HAS one?"

You could equally ask the same about android or anything.

The thing is we currently live in a consumer hellsociety, stuff is manufactured and sold (or people invest in the manufacturers or sell them services or fries or whatever) and 'we' have to keep making stuff - faster, shinier, more desirable stuff. If everyone got what they 'wanted' or made do with what they had there'd be a problem.

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

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225

"I swear we never asked for any of this."

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

JonP

Re: Whip it out in a bar and all your friends are certain to go: “Oooh...”

I think you'd be OK, up to the point you tried to use it as a phone. I suppose a bluetooth headset could reduce the embarrassment. Heh, maybe someone will combine a bluetooth headset & stylus - maybe standing in a bar talking to a pencil would look less ridiculous. Then again.

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

JonP
Headmaster

Re: Beware of reapers ...

Reavers!

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Origin

see icon.

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Deep inside the iPhone 5s lurk a few surprises

JonP

It's an old tradition or charter or something...

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

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Black Helicopters

Fair point but...

With the recent security/privacy disclosures I don't think you could trust anybody, 'free' or otherwise to keep fingerprint data. A big database of fingerprints (OK, probably only one finger...) would be far too tempting for the security services, especially if they could correlate that data with location.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

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Re: About bloody time!

"The pressure difference between sea level and 1000m in air is about the same as the pressure difference between surface level and a depth of 1m in water (a 10% change), so I wonder whether IP67 will really be good enough after the first 30 minutes ...?"

Should actually be better - the pressure 1000m above sea level is LESS than at sea level (rather than more 1 meter underwater) - so there'd be less external pressure to force the water into the phone...

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