* Posts by Khaptain

2470 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Re: Could be a good way to get out of a wedding...

" who looks like 10 miles of bad road"

That put a smile on my monday morning face...

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Re: Eh?

var x = "six"

var y = 15

var z

z = x+y

Display the value of z...... Ouch

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Khaptain Provenance

@Matt

Meditate on the words "a place to hide made of cold white crystals"

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Provenance

I wonder if the accompanying policeman will be British or #cough#CIA#cough# American ?

Be wary if they are carrying an umbrella.. ( #cough# polonium #cough# - lots of dust in this forum #cough# )

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X+Y shows teens are teens, regardless of where they are 'on the spectrum'

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Classification

I have the impression that society has become increasingly involved in giving a classification to people....by age, illnesss, colour, race, religion, size, weight, intelligence etc

What I do not understand is the fascination for this classification. Objectively, what does it ultimately provide other than a means of eventual segregation ?

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Disney CEO: Dead Steve Jobs choc-blocked me!

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All the bad points

Steve Jobs really was a twunt, it appears as though he had a multitude of

shitty character traits. Greed, jealousy, avarice, bad tempered, unkind, selfish, not the kind of person that I personally would raise to hero status...

I think that El Reg also helps raising Steve Jobs up, simply creating articles about the man is enough, especially when the articles are not satirical. No points to El Reg there......

Will we raise Warren Buffet, Bill Gates or "Steve Balmer" ( shudder) up to the same status when they die.

Quote of the day, "Apple because Steve" ( see attitude above)...

I'm off to the shooting range "because Gaston"....17, 26, 30....

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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What about the cheap buggers

Now all the 350$ versions will just seem like cheap tat....

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

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Boom yodel, boom yodel

Having skimmed 4 words of the article thouroughly studied the article, I honestly believed that I was about to read an article about Roly Poly Swiss bomb makers.

It would have been a little bit paradoxical that the land of the Geneva Convention and Human Rights made bombs. There are several Roly Poly people though.

Although having given a litttle bit of thought, it probably wouldn't take much to make this into a roly poly bomb...

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

Not a problem, it will be torrented long before it appears on the usual platforms and there will be no doubt that Apple users will be 100% to blame.. No-one will be able to blame the TPB for this one.

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

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Renaming the inteface

They can't find a new name for TIFKAM / Modern and are still digging deep to come up with a name that won't remind everyone of the disaster known as 8.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Resale Value - not a lot

"Give quiche a chance."

Was it John Lemon or Yolk Ohno that said that ?

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: "buying that Blu-Ray in the first place"

"And the "but if you just clicked “Next, Next, Next..." doesn't fly with me."

You have the chance to opt out and you don't use ut, that's not the fault of the greedy.....

After all this isn't MS Office that you are installing..

OK I digress, the Java installer is just as bad, but we already know that it has become a POS.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: Outsourcing to India - Payback

"1. They would have done it even if we did not teach them. It is not that difficult"

Technically it's not difficult, to be convincing requires some skill. We taught them how to become "helpdesks", and this is exactlly the skill set that they are using.

2 : I would not call a multi-million dollar business a failure. If they suck so much how come they managed to earn so much..

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Outsourcing to India - Payback

So know that we have taught the Indians to become proficient with computers and phone systems the bad guys amongst them have realised how they can use them against us..

Maybe in return we can start phoning them and offering them really high paid jobs in London, they are after all very technically efficient people, all the we need to know in advance is their IP address ........etc........etc ...... of course it's not a scam

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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What is this "closure" that we here about nowadays

"bring closure to the families of those lost"

Can someone actually provide me with a clear definition of what "closure" actually means.

I have no idea why but I always have the impression that this word was invented purely for the media,lawyers or those that believe that people can come back from the dead.

If it simply means "coming to terms with someone death" or the "finally accepting someone's death" why not just use those term. Closure sounds "pityfull", it makes people appear weak even when this is not necassarily the case. It feels as though it is just another one of those words that the media or soap operas like to use to dramatize things unnecessarily.

I really can't imagine that many Japanese famillies have had difficulty sleeping for the last 70 years because they still had some doubts about whether their son's ship really did sink and whether he did or did not die in consequence..

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: an outraged public - Latest News headlines - Faux news

"An outraged member of the public, #cough# Jack Ruby lookalike stooge #cough#, surged out and shot Snowden in the back just 5 minutes after he, Snowden, had put his feet on the tarmac. No-one knows who this mysterious assassin was and the FBI whisked him away before even Faux News cameras could catch a glimpse. A freak thunderstorm had knocked out the Airport security cameras so we can't provide those images either...although we have heard rumours that the assassin might have been dressed in a Ronald MacDonalds costume, although that has not yet been confirmed

"President Obamy has already expressed his sincere condolescences to the victims familly. Obamy expressed his concern and disgust that anyone should ever feel the need or be forced to wear a Ronald MacDonalds outfit .

An FBI officer, mysteriously wearing a false red nose and some very long shoes, confirmed that nothing had yet been confirmed but that the entire force was already on the case and had been for at least the last 3 weeks !!"

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Re: Women driving

You and I might know that but a lot of the Djhadists don't. The Christian Crusades, which this seems akin too, were a bloody period for all concerned.

What's scarier than anything else is that there does not appear to be a lack of candidates joining ISIS. I do not know if ISIS forces their soldiers to fight for them but it definately looks like they are doing it out of their free will.

It's not so difficult to see why unemployed, disillusioned Brits, French and even Swiss nationals from various ethnic cultures are being pulled into the regime. Whereas the local goverments offer no apparent hope, ISIS is offereing them a place in the "Kaliphate"... Of course they are just being used as cannon fodder but they apparently don't see it that way.

I wonder what "real" solutions could actually be employed.

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Re: Just a thought

The Catholic church never had a problem with that.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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Re: Nope

Mint has been N°1 on Distrowatch for quite some time and not without reason.

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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Giger - Really !!

Anyone that knows Gigers works would have a hard time finding anything Giger related... A couple of cables sticking out the top, cmon... I really don't see too much of the BioMechaniks here, or is it all virtual.....

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Why?

Given that computers are an embodiment of "binary" states

TFTFY

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Facebook meets Belgian minister: PLEASE, sir, NOT THE PROBE

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Complete ban during the <strike>trial</strike> discussions

If they banned Facebook maybe people could get back to living meaningful lives.... On second thoughts did they ever truly have meaningful lives ?

Nihilistic existential thought for the day : does anyone have a meaningful life ? does life have a meaning ? what is life ?

Bloody Belgians should be banned from the earth for making me think like that on a Monday. Send them back from whence they came ( and send El Zuk with them).

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Not so bad

Think yourselves lucky that it wasn't Sooty and Sweep.

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: And the IT angle

Alice and Bob no longer practice penetration due to the latest pentest results showing that there may some existing viral infection.

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

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Just another Distro

Ok so how does this change from being just another distro.

When I initially read the article I thought that someone was going to build an OS from the ground up but this is not the case. If AOSP is being used as the base won't this automatically relegate them into a trailing position, premanantly one step behind Google, since AOSP releases depend on Google's releasing them when it see fit?

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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Re: @AC "32 mins" (whatever that means, ElReg) Was: Dear Al Saud,

"FFS he ate her?"

That all depends on how you like your curry cunny.

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Je ne connait pas Raif

Those in power have more to lose than they have to gain....so they wont fuck with the Saudis.

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Dutch government websites KO'd by 10-hour DDoS

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Re: Photo library

They all look a little bit high... coincidence ?

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EU parliament bans Outlook app over cloudy security: report

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Re: The application is not the problem

"This isn't passwords in emails, it is the password for the EMAIL ACCOUNT itself that is being stored on AWS servers."

Shit, I'm having a bad day, diagonal reading and all that . My bad...

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Re: The application is a problem (given EU data protection obligations)

Unless I am mistaken the EU data protection regulations do not oblige companies to use encryption they only advise it.

The principal "Security:" does not define "how" data should be kept safe and secure. This is vague and open to abuse.

The 7 EU data protection regulations principals:

•Notice: subjects whose data is being collected should be given notice of such collection.

•Purpose: data collected should be used only for stated purpose(s) and for no other purposes.

•Consent: personal data should not be disclosed or shared with third parties without consent from its subject(s).

•Security: once collected, personal data should be kept safe and secure from potential abuse, theft, or loss.

•Disclosure: subjects whose personal data is being collected should be informed as to the party or parties collecting such data.

•Access: subjects should granted access to their personal data and allowed to correct any inaccuracies.

•Accountability: subjects should be able to hold personal data collectors accountable for adhering to all seven of these principles.

Rogue Admins can have full access to email systems and unless the emails are encrypted you have to consider your data as being "public".

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Re: The application is not the problem

If the text that they are sucking out contains unencrypted passwords/info then the problem is not the app. The text should not be available in the first place.

Why are unencrypted passwords or other confidential details being stored in such an easy to get manner.

We have partners that refuse to deal with use unless the entire contents of the emails are encrypted. We are not an IT company, we deal with medical information and credit card information, if we can do it why can't the government.

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The application is not the problem

If users are storing passwords or confidential information in email folders the problem is with the user not with the application/device.

It's about the equivalant of writing a password on a post-it and putting it in the top drawer hoping that no-one will look in there. Even if the drawer is locked the cleaner might have the key, or you forget to lock the drawer, or you forget that you put it in the drawer etc etc .....

They either have to learn to use encryption or to not store confidential information in a clear text format.....

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Now not even muggers want your iPhone

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Other domains

Surprising that this kind of technology has not moved into other domains, vehicles, laptops, high end cameras etc

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NO BRAIN needed to use Samsung's next flagship mobe

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Re: Pwned

Today it is your telephone, tommorrow your sperm. Your children will be pwned before they are even born.

"It is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself."

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Update - Boffins: COMETS are like FRIED ICE CREAM. Mmm

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I read that wrong

I read that as "Comments are like fried ice-cream" . I thought this was going to be about the ephemeral nature of thread comments....

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Some domains still available

ThingsAreQuietOnElRegTonight.com

Ihavenoideawhythisgirlissopopular-Muricahasfarmanybetterartiststhanthis.com

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Microsoft makes 'business case' for marriage equality

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Re: Final remark

Harmony,

I will only respond to the points for which we have some opposing or different points of view. For the rest of your remarks, let me at least thank you for taking the time to reply in an honest and intelligent manner.

“I reject the idea that only a mother can be "motherly" or a father "fatherly". These are for the most part socially enforced roles, not intrinsic ones.”

The female of our species is the only one of the two that physically gives birth. She also endures the accompanying physical, hormonal and mental changes. She can also, where desired, proceed to feed the child from her breast and watch it grow with her milk as the sole source of nutrition. Only a woman can know what this means. This gives her “motherly” attributes that no man can ever possess. I firmly believe that the bond created between mother and child is far stronger than that of the father and the child. This does not mean that the father cannot also gain a bond with the child but obviously it cannot be the same, it is not the same physical bond that the mother knows. The father also knows that he “fathered” this child, it is the fruit of his loins and it is union with the woman that engendered the child. These elements are part of what makes a parent a mother or a father. I would state that these are intrinsic and not social. These elements cannot be learned, they can only be lived.

As you mentioned, the social traits of each figure, mother and father, have been cultured through centuries of social interaction. This too cannot be ignored, as these traits will continue for the next few hundred centuries.

In a same sex relation, an imbalance will result due to the fact that only one of the intrinsic parental roles being available. Only one of the partners will actually be the real mother or real father, the other partner then being thrown into the role of a surrogate parent, of the same phsical sex. If I were in a same sex relation, and was not the biological father, it would be impossible for me to take the role of the mother. Again I am not saying that I would not be a good parent, just that I would not be able to fill the instrinsic role.

“The thing is, all else being equal it probably is better for a very young child to have one parent of each sex because that provides a greater breadth of role-models. But things never are "all else being equal". “

Yes, I definitely agree on this point. Although I would argue that things usually are quite equal. Within given sectors of social and economic backgrounds, most people are actually very similar, even though they do not like to hear that.

“Rate parenting quality on some hypothetical and impossible to actually create scale of 1...100 and say you get +2 points for having role-models of both genders. How much does that compare to the +20 of having two parents who really love each other, or the -30 of having one of those parents be unfeeling and distant? It doesn't.”

I would argue that it is not the capacity to be a good parent that is important as same sex parents are a probably equally capable of being good parents. What I believe, which might be more fundamental, is the child eventual understanding/learning of the family constitution, especially when he realizes that his family does not correspond to that of the natural environment. ie : Why are my parents not of opposing sexes?.

All around he will see nature, the animals, the media, etc and most notably other kids families and in each case he observes that there is a mother ( a female) and a father(a male). But in his case he will not see these physical elements; he will see physical manifestations of 2 mothers, or 2 fathers. How difficult will this dilemma be for the child to unravel?. How does one successfully teach a child understand the situation whereby natures constants show the mother is a female, the father is male but that within his own family this natural order is not respected?

“ And I could even make a case that same-sex couples can have hidden benefits such as not propagating unhealthy social expectations. “

This point is difficult as it depends upon what one constitutes as healthy/unhealthy social expectations. Society as a whole has its idea on the matter, religion has its own and each person yet again his own personal ideas. Society will generally tend to lean towards that we bring it the most benefit. Today’s Politically Correct mindset wants us to believe that we all have choice and that all choices should be respected/tolerated but I would argue that this is superficial and that the underlying currents often oppose the generally distributed media view. The acceptance of same-sex couples is a new factor within society and has no precedence; it is bright and shiny for the moment. When the bright and shiny wears of, I believe that we will start to see some very, very difficult situations arising.

“I am a feminist. In any traditional couple you are likely to have slightly different domestic behaviour between the male and female parent. A female child will likely more identify with the female parent and thus gender-based roles are perpetuated. Whereas a female child with two male parents would not run that risk.”

As mentioned above I believe that this will actually lead to confusion for the child due to the paradoxical nature of the parental constitution.

“Of course there are some benefits to a male-female parent unit. It can be handy for a child to have someone of their own sex to talk to - especially when they hit puberty. “But that doesn't mean that any given same-sex couple is going to be bad as parents.

Agreed

“Or even that these problems are especially difficult to overcome!””

I can only imagine that they would be almost impossible to overcome due to the contradiction with nature. Nature manifests that male-male or female-female cannot reproduce, it is therefore paradoxical for the child to understand that he can have been born from same-sex parents.

“Basically, your argument based on the idea of marriage being about children is a supportable position to some extent (imo), but not your corollary that only male-female can be good parents.”

I only believe that a child needs a mother and a father, of the biological kind in order to achieve the correct equilibrium. I also agree that having biologically opposed parents gives no guarantee whatsoever about the outcome or capacity to be good parents. But that it is the fundamental for a solid beginning.

“This, I regard as just some bizarre perversion of an Appeal To Tradition fallacy. And no, I don't think we're going down the same path as the Romans because we're becoming more tolerant of homosexuality.”

I mentioned this because at one point homosexuality, at least among men, was very much accepted within given periods but that the periods ended and homosexuality was again put into the bad light.

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

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Not so bad really

Here is a presentation, in French of course, it doesn't actually seem as bad as you might first imagine.

OCLCTIC

It's too long for me too translate but too resume things very briefly, there are 4 main sections.

1: International relations ( Strange she but she doesn't mention what this section actually does) Probably cooperation with CIA, GCHQ etc.

2: Operations : Taking care of the various web scams, false credit cards, piracy and mobile telephony scams ( automatic SMSs sent in the background to over-taxed tel. numbers etc).

3: Technical Assistance - Informing the public about dangers, setting up stategy for safe usage etc. A kind of hotline.

4: Tracking illegal web content - Paedophilia, Racism, Terrorism etc ... They have a website in which you can notify them of URLs/Sites that contain illicit content.

They appear to be a mix of both the police and the Gendarmerie and will and do follow up the various affairs. Doesn't look so bad really, this is not some government nanny squad, they actually do appear to be on the look out for the bad guys ( or at least in the video that's how the come across).

Les Francais sont loin d'etre aussi con que certain peut imaginer.

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Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

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Re: Emote-words Bingo

I see that the actual capacity to understand some mild wit is actually dropping on El Reg these days !

Oh well not to worry.......says the wooly backed troll as he trundles over to his trough...

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Emote-words Bingo

“Many DDoS attacks are little more than a temporary inconvenience but in this case Sullivan’s actions are likely to have deprived vulnerable people of access to important information, ranging from where to get support on family breakup, to reporting crime anonymously"

I am surprised that he didn't managed to add a "save the world's children hotline" into this list of deprived vulnerable people.

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

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Re: They can re-badge themselves all they want, but....

Is that you Julien ?

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I am amused

It would have been amusing to have seen the English version using Blighted rather than Blighty.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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"It's likely one of the 90% scale replicas doing the airshow circuit."

Mise en Scene by the El Reg Playmobil team.

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Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch

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Re: One good feature

"If I strap it to my wrist, can I claim prior art?"

Better yet, keep it in your pocket and call it a "pocket watch key".

And to top it off you probably don't have to charge yours up anymore than once every three years.

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'Ruskie' malware pwns iOS 7

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Re: First Sony now Apple - On the same day

Ok I'll give that to you but it was already 2 days old.. and since El Reg works at the speed of light, that was a long time ago.. :-)

Blackhats 3 - Evil Overlords 0

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First Sony now Apple - On the same day

The pesky ruskies are busy of late, first Sony now Apple. Blackhats 2 - Evil Overlords 0

[On the same day = the same day that El Reg announced these "theories"]

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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah @Boltar

I kind of wondered about that too, occasionaly we see a lot bit of Effing and Shoving but seldom of this variety or strength.

The interwebs really have become the outlet for contemporary woes.

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

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Blurry Faces, Rubber masks or Nazi uniforms

What would the law do if the faces were blurred out, a la Google Streetview. How would the defendant prove that he/she were the actuelle victim, especially if they had put on/or lost a bit of weight in between time.

Or if said partner were to be partaking in some rubber fun, full rubbered/latexed up it would be nigh on impossible to prove who was who..

Does dressing up in Nazi uniforms with soft rubber whips class itself as a sexual act... ( I won't FORMULAte any suggestion about anyONE).

The lawyers will probably have a lot of fun with some of these cases. Quick thought, I wonder if a Lawyers darknet exists ?

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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"No doubt it’s also why the genre died a death too, only to be replaced by the more user-friendly "Telltale Games" style episodic gaming in more recent years."

Yup, I always like to believe that initially computers and the early games were played by people that were capable of thinking rationally ( even though some of the puzzles were a little unrational to say the least).

Unfortunately the masses have to be catered for and the IQ levels appear to be far lower. Now it's either a "visual experience", ie lots of nice graphics but no gameplay or it is fire, fire, fire at anything that moves.

I do follow the 0adventuregamers site from time to time hoping that a new Gabriel Knight, everyones favourite Schattenjäger, will appear. The last game I bought was "The vanishing of Ethan Carter" but it's slowness bored me to death, the 'trudgery' of walking around was painfull....

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Dating site PAYS cracker for stealing creds

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Do they choose the correct solution

"Due to the fact that he (Mastermind) has not passed the data to anyone and has no intention to do so in the future, ... we have paid him an award for finding a vulnerability and agreed on further cooperation in the field of data security," the company said in a statement.

I am surprised that they didn't pay a "double Silverballer wielding code barred sympathiser " to simply eliminate the threat. In the long run it would probably be a better investment.

Does anyone know of any updates on any of the blackhats that were employed by the companies that they hacked ? Would be interesting to know how things faired.

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