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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

Stuart Moore

Re: umm..

Yes, to get to the other aide, have known that since age 4

Which made it all the more astounding when age 27 someone pointed out it also meant to die...

All that time and I hadn't spotted the actual joke!

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Stuart Moore

Re: It's good not to be back

ODFO

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

Stuart Moore

Re: other titles that would freak out the Adele listener:

Bicycle Race whilst on a motorway could give pause for thought...

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Too Much Clickbait

Stuart Moore

Re: Too Much Clickbait

Not an ad - this was the headline of that story on the front page! It's at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/07/kickstarter_wtf/ (I copied the URL but didn't click on it as I'd rather page views for that kind of headline went down...)

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Stuart Moore

Too Much Clickbait

Dear Register,

Please stop being so clickbaity. There's currently an article with the headline

"Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: One Easy Way To Raise $45,000+ You Won't Believe"

and while the article might interest me, I've decided not to read it because I am fed up with the trend of headlines becoming absolutely useless at telling what the article is about.

Please treat your readers with some intelligence. Jokey headlines - great - but at least give enough info in the headline & sub headline that we have some idea of what the topic is about.

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

Stuart Moore

Re: ...............pation! (Anticip......)

I will second that. Listen to the radio series. Then read the books. The film had good bits but was nothing on the original.

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Stuart Moore

Re: A great man

H2G2 - the website - was basically wikipedia before wikipedia.

I have read a previous biography - http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Panic-Douglas-Hitchhikers-Galaxy/dp/1848564961 - which was very good and (amongst other things) had the H2G2 plot with the Krikket robots as it originally was - as a Dr Who plot! That biog is highly recommended to anyone else who doesn't want to wait.

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

Stuart Moore
Coat

Re: Lags and lagging

So now the coppers are recieving stolen goods too?

I'll pipe down before I come a cropper...

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Stuart Moore

Re: Ah the mightly psion

They swemed to stop just as bluetooth was coming out, I remember thinking at the time that all I needed was a way to connect it by bluetooth to my phone, rather than the ir modem...

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

Stuart Moore
Joke

Re: Never mind that!

Can I wipe it and put Symbian on there?

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

Stuart Moore

Lack of competition

Good article. But isn't the point that in the usa there is so little competition that you might only have 2 options for internet access at your house - if they both decide to block netflix, there's little you can do other than hope a 3rd company might spot the gap in the market, invest loads in kit, and then as soon as it deployed one of the others turns netflix back on again long enough to kill it.

We are lucky here in the UK that, if you can get broadband at all, you are likely to have several options. So you can choose for dirt cheap/parental controls/lack of parental controls/refusing to give subscriber details to copyright trolls without a court order...

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'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all

Stuart Moore

Pepsi?

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Stuart Moore

Re: Should I upvote that?

It currently has 6 upvotes.

I needed to think very hard about whether that was 'six' or 'nine'. If I'm honest I'm still not sure...

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Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

Stuart Moore

If you don't risk failure, you can never succeed

Fair play to them - they tried, and ultimately they can't risk people's lives if they have a good reason to be worried.

They tried something innovative, and most of it worked well. There's a lot of good that's come out of it even if the headline isn't what they wanted.

Well done to the team.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

Stuart Moore
FAIL

Re: Accidental launches

Yep - generally it's because I've just found another file association that's got a TIFKAM app instead of something useful (the one that really pissed me off was PDF when I wanted to be able to use it as a reference for something in another window...)

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Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin

Stuart Moore
WTF?

... Now I'm worried.

Sabre toothed pigeons will make trafalgar square a very different experience...

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BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

Stuart Moore
WTF?

The only thing we would like to say is that we (including our clients) did not, and never have been, sent any spam. We have no further comment. Thank you.

That sounds like they're saying they've never been sent any spam, not that they've never sent any...

If sending spam isn't against their TOS then I'm not sure I believe them!

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

Stuart Moore

Re: Banks too?

To be fair, you've only got 10,000 combinations there, and any salting etc. could be broken trivially.

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Curiosity rover hijacked by will.i.am to debut science song

Stuart Moore

Re: Black Out WillIAm

Downvoted for use of Synergy in cold blood.

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How to screw LIBOR and alienate people

Stuart Moore

Re: The curious thing about all this.. (@Dominic Connor)

It's as if the person selling you life insurance is also repairing your car's brakes

Not quite - if they're selling my life insurance, it's in their interest that I don't die, so they'll do a good job.

This is more like the person repairing your car's breaks casually mentioning "By the way, I've just taken out life insurance on you, I win big time if you pop your clogs. There, as good as new..."

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T-Mobile slip exposes 1,100 punters' email addresses

Stuart Moore
Facepalm

Fix in software?

I'm surprised that most mailservers don't have a setting so that if you're sending to more than e.g. 20 people in the To/CC line, it sends you back something saying "Are you sure? Click here to continue". Certainly would save a lot of red faces...

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TicketWeb coughs to email database hack

Stuart Moore
Thumb Up

Points for TicketWeb?

Hack shouldn't have happened - but at least they did the right thing ASAP. Many companies would try to hide it instead.

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

Stuart Moore
Mushroom

BOFH

This could be a story straight from the BOFH.

(Well, if the BOFH had children - Simon, if you need more ideas, a BOFH guide to parenting could be a great source...)

Life imitates art?

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Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty

Stuart Moore
Facepalm

Re:Goodguys 1, pirates 0

"we're going to need a bigger button"

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Assange™ to present own TV show

Stuart Moore
Go

It's! A! Register! Tradition! You! Yahoo!

Reminded me very much of the Yahoo! headlines. Shame there's next to nothing left there to write about.

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Women pick the family's mobile tech - and pay for it too

Stuart Moore
Meh

The phrase "primarily responsible or involved" - as opposed to just "primarily responsible" - hides a lot. It's being spun as "women are making more purchasing decisions than men", but I don't think that's what it says. If a couple discuss what to buy, then both are involved; yes, it means there are merits to advertising to both men and women, but that's not the same as saying that you *only* need to advertise to the women.

Would it be this big news if they just said "In 95% of families, women are involved in deciding how money is spent..."?

The other thing is that these are individual items - one per person, not one per family. It's not that surprising that each person would make the decision on their own phone etc. - nor that they'd pay their own bill.

It'd be interesting to see a more detailed break down of the statistics - of course, these will rarely make the press release, especially if they don't say what the person writing the press release wants them too.

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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

Stuart Moore

Headline?

Shame on the El Reg headline writers, you could've done better than that.

"Nuggets for Nookie?"

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Iraq demands return of Saddam Hussein's arse

Stuart Moore
Happy

Glad to see

(I think you mean over)

Glad to see the universal law still applies - any comment pointing out another's typo, itself contains a banana.

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Formula 1 revs engines through Virgin Media

Stuart Moore
Stop

C4 were...

http://thef1times.com/news/display/04202 - Channel 4 had made a serious bid, and if the BBC hadn't got in bed with Murdoch it would have gone to them (since there's a clause guaranteeing F1 should be free to air in significant markets)

I like F1 - but I'm not sending any money towards Murdoch if I can help it.

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Murdoch slams White House over SOPA in Twitter row

Stuart Moore
FAIL

I assume...

I assume he's primarily referring to youtube

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Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

Stuart Moore
Megaphone

Tax Laws

If you follow the link to the Raspberry Pi site, one of the main reasons they can't produce it in the UK are the tax laws, that charge for importing components and building here, but not for assembling the entire thing elsewhere and importing it. This is madness, it's preventing them from keeping the jobs in the UK. There's a bit of a campaign starting on their blog posts to highlight this to the government and try to get it changed. I think it's something The Register should get behind.

Relevant Links:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/509 - the blog post detailing the tax problem

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/27158 - Government E-Petition

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Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

Stuart Moore
WTF?

Fag?

A friend used to work for a company whose initials were FAG. All of the company cars (his included) had numberplates with FAG on it (he lovingly referred to his as the Fagmobile). So clearly not all combinations with FAG are banned. I think these were just from the normal licenseplate issue rather than custom plates though...

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LOHAN to suck mighty thruster as it goes off, in a shed

Stuart Moore
Stop

Condensation

Do you need to worry about ice forming on the rocket as it goes up on the balloon? Any way you can test this?

Also, don't forget that dry ice is CO2, so unless you're careful you'll end up with a chamber full of CO2 not air, which'll somewhat invalidate the test. (Plus all the usual things about making sure you don't have the dry ice in a confined space - I'd suggest the entire test be done out in the open.

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El Reg's NAOMI rocket throws launch-pad strop

Stuart Moore
Boffin

Pulse Jet

Realise you may already have settled on propulsion, but this post made me think of you guys...

http://hackaday.com/2011/09/05/engine-hacks-a-pulse-jet-uav-by-any-other-name-would-still-be-a-cruise-missile/

A pulse jet might be a good option, possibly? Does it still count as a rocket? Does it matter if you get the end goal?

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Stuart Moore
Thumb Up

Favourite memories?

Favourite memories of Miss Bee?

Mine was http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/419089

Can we have an "ODFO" icon in her honour please?

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New top-secret stealth choppers used on bin Laden raid

Stuart Moore
WTF?

Hang on a bit...

OK, the first two I'm not going to argue with - but are you seriously trying to tell me that the DVD was inspired by a film, not just someone thinking "ere, these CD thingys - do you think we could squeeze a bit more data on them?"

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

Stuart Moore

"I'm with Stupid"

How about an "I'm with Stupid" icon with an arrow pointing upwards, for when you're replying to an especially special post

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Stuart Moore
Happy

Definitely a mupped icon...

Although personally I'd go for Beaker

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iPads mooted for Qantas flight manuals

Stuart Moore
FAIL

aren't you clever.

"So why do they ban mobiles for the entire flight?"

Because they won't work while you're in the air?

"So why do I get told that it is because electronics can interfere with landing systems?"

Because that generates a lot less panic than telling people "It's in case we crash horribly and you have seconds to save yourselves"

"Yeh. Isn't it remakable that a device that is not designed to work in an RF field gets interfered by a device producing one."

Sorry, of course the airline safety people shouldn't care about the things that are well known to happen and only go for the obtuse. Why do they bother worrying about this gravity nonsense anyway, it's hardly remarkable that 100-tonne objects will attempt to fall out of the sky given the opportunity.

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Lindsay Lohan ditches her surname

Stuart Moore

I have it...

Largely

Improvised

Nerd

Designed

Space

Aeronautical

Yo-Yo

(or possibly Yacht - but I like the concept of a "Yo Yo" device that could go up and down repeatedly to replace the Space Shuttle)

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How to make power conversion less sucky

Stuart Moore
Dead Vulture

Come on El Reg

This is potentially a very interesting topic - but the article has so many inaccuracies and holes you could drive a bus through that it's a bit of a waste. Others have highlighted many - the one that jumped out at me was the AC/DC switch improving electric car ranges.

Don't just copy the press release, go a bit beyond to find out details (or point out the holes). That's why I keep coming back here...

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In-flight fight for stubborn iPhone-loving teen

Stuart Moore
Megaphone

Real Reason

The real reason they don't want you listening with headphones during take off/landing is that it's the time things are most likely to go wrong, and if they need to evacuate they want to make sure everyone can hear them clearly and not get tangled up in headphones etc. on the way out.

But for obvious reasons this isn't what they say.

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Vulture 1 rolls out of fab bunker

Stuart Moore

You miss the point

The video camera is in the giant box thing that does the release. It sounds like there'll be no camera on the glider itself, which is a real shame...

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Nokia locks* out Symbian staffers

Stuart Moore
Unhappy

Not good news

Hard to hear - my sympathies to my former colleagues there. Definitely a lot of talent in the company.

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BBC dumps Gulf oil spill on Middlesbrough

Stuart Moore
Thumb Up

Title, centred on this post

I know it's traditional to rip the piss, but I actually rather like this as an idea.

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Nipper's naked arse provokes Street View outrage

Stuart Moore
Badgers

Solution

The solution is not to do anything *in public* that you wouldn't want photoed. Because that way it won't happen. Google don't have a monopoly on cameras...

I have sympathy for those who don't want e.g. intrusive photos of their home taken over their fence - but as others have said you can remove those. Streetview can be useful on occasions (often to try to work out whether google maps' addresses are anything like reality)

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HP eyes webOS iPad rival

Stuart Moore
Go

I'm Glad

I'm glad Palm are being snapped up, as I quite like my Pre. It's got a few problems - battery life being the most frustrating one - but it's a nice user interface, and I'd like to see it in more devices.

The most frustrating lack-of-app at the moment is Turn by Turn GPS - it's available in the US from Sprint (I believe), but there isn't a UK equivalent for any price...

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ID cards have three databases, says minister

Stuart Moore

Multi table...

Sounds like they've got 3 tables, one for holding the large stuff, one for the small stuff, and a joining table... not sure that this tells us anything.

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ID card scheme for foreigns extended

Stuart Moore
Boffin

Beelzebub has a devil put aside for meeee

Well, I would, if it would cost me more than £8 to get to one of the other offices...

Hopefully this madness will end before they're mandatory for all.

I notice they brought forward the date - presumably because they think the more that are on it before they get kicked out, the more chance of it being their legacy...

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