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

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Challenger

Will the rubber ring be a good seal at that temperature - would it not be brittle?

Is there a low temperature grease which would be more appropriate?

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Google: SSL alternative won't be added to Chrome

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For goodness sake people...

DNSSEC - store your ssl cert as a new record type...

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Ultrabook makers turn to fibreglass to cut costs

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Flame

Cooling...

As title and icon

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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

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WTF?

$59bn lost sales?

Don't believe you.

Maybe $59bn "marked retail price" but most of those wouldn't have resulted in a sale, and the user would have learnt another (free) piece of software to do the same job.

Cryptographic licensing ins't that hard, but none of the major software only players use it - because a pirate copy still has positive value on their business plan, it promotes the software, and perpetuates lock-in.

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E-cars: unaffordable until 2030 (or later)

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WTF?

green electricity isn't the point...

We're taking emissions from the city centre to a point where they can be cleaned centrally, and where we can improve efficiency in big chunks, providing an instant boost to transport efficiency...

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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

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WTF?

Erm....

I can see child porn applications for this, but counterfeit shops can be dealt with by court order.

phishing sites are another nice target, but anyone on a largeish ISP will have already cached the DNS entries anyway.

copyright infringement? seriously, just strike it from the legislation if you don't recommend it...

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IDLENESS sees Brits haemorrhage cash to mobe firms

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"Loyalty" can be rewarded...

I pay very little for a great deal of comms - not because I'm loyal to my operator, but because their "retentions" department offer me a better deal than any operator can offer as a "starter" package.

I have no operator loyalty, but they are willing to make a decent offer to keep me as a customer then I'll take it.

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Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia

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Hmm...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_research_on_the_ISS

No value?

And going to mars is something which has been helped by the ISS (in terms of studies on long term microgravity environments on the human body)

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Boffins cobble up phone-powering footwear

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Waiting for this

to be put directly into phone, so they charge as you carry them down the street.

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Mag bitchslapped in Duchess Kate digi-slimming case

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FAIL

Reflection...

Good thing that humans are always perfectly symmetrical when walking.

Why did they feel the need to reflect her waist as well as her arm (which I can understand)

She has her weight on one hip, so her waist if offset to her right at the time the photo is taken. It's a pretty easy mistake, but one that should have been obvious to the people doing the edit. Are they really so focussed on individual pixels that they never look at the photo?

Quite possibly: http://www.psdisasters.com/

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ScaleBase shatters MySQL for scalability

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So can you stack these?

If it looks like a single dB, can you take one of your shards and replace it with another of these boxes and a handful of shard behind it?.

Rinse, repeat, recurse...

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Son of Solaris raids Linux for KVM hypervisor

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Probably not...

but your 3 hour process may well be significantly sped up...

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OCZ jumps harder on enterprise PCIe bandwagon

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The tech exists...

now can we please have it on an an expresscard, using the pcie lane available...

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MPs slam 'unworkable' one-size-fits-all NHS care records' system

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Envelopes?

My wife's records at our local hospital already span two bulging folders (from just two pregnancies and fairly serious broken arm between them).

So whilst "an envelope" isn't enough - clearly the basic concept scales fairly easily. The only issue is if she trips over near another hospital...

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HTC sues Apple in the UK

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Coffee/keyboard

Bluetooth keyboard...

I have a folding BT keyboard, with a control key - but the HTC senseUI conflicted with the latest BT drivers, so it can't support HID.

Installed cyanogenmod (other firmwares exist) and it's lovely. I have a very small laptop.

Icon? I even get an Escape key (even if it does require two buttons to be pushed)

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'War texting' hacks car systems and possibly much more

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For the heater

Although I agree in the UK it's a bit useless there are countries in the world where it can get a bit chilly overnight.

Being able to remotely start the car (albeit from 20 metres) could then be useful - the heater can have the car nicely defrosted by the time you've had coffee...

As for remote unlocking. I can easily see that being excellent for car pool schemes - lock the keys in the boot, remote unlock for the hirer.

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Grassroots Brit project plans .app top-level domain bid

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Hopefully

Amazon, Apple, Google and Mickysoft will realise that preventing their competition from owning the domain is the best solution, and so will support the community version - of course, each would want a member on the board as well...

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Marketer taps browser flaw to see if you're pregnant

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FAIL

Arcs

"should we ever build our three Arcs ready to ship us off to a better life I will make damn sure anyone who even remotely had a job in marketing or making adverts, is on the first one"

You do remember that after the first arc left the remaining population were wiped out by a rare disease due to unhygienic telephone handsets...

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iPhone plunges 13,500 ft from skydiver's pocket - and lives

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FAIL

Physics 101

Correct1 above: "everything with the same shape will fall at the same rate" is incorrect

The air resistance will be the same, but the gravitational force (weight) will not be. Two 10cm spheres, one massing twice the other will not fall at the same rate though a viscous fluid. The more massive sphere will fall quicker, due to the air resistance being less significant as it is acting on a greater mass of object.

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Popular FTP package download tarball poisoned

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Check against???

The string on the same page (which has therefore by definition been compromised)?

A public key also stored on the same page?

Why aren't the keys checked by a package manager (how most people install these things)? Why aren't they in some way securely distributed (DNSSEC hosted?)

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Key internet address server sees spike in traffic

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Overloading the root servers is hard

even overloading just one of them is difficult.

It's actually quite a good system - although DNSSEC and DNSCurve could both claim a place for improvements...

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Boffins triple battery life with metal foam

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Stop

I can barely recall

the last time I drive more than 80 miles in a day.

I used to have a nasty commute - 140 miles round trip. However I could have charged at work (or left an e-car at home and used a fossil burner)

Other than that commute - I took a road trip round America, but I hired a car for that...

Erm... Before that???

I know - I manage a bit more than that going to a retreat centre every so often - but I can hire a car for holidays on the savings made from driving battery powered the rest of the year and still have money over to buy the holiday (well I could have done, I tend to cycle rather alot now)

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Google in preemptive strike on Microsoft Office 365

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Coffee/keyboard

Because...

Exporting a list of words and adding as a new dictionary is so hard?

Wait, I've never tried to export from a MS dictionary - but it's got to be easy - surely...

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Boffins take REMOTE CONTROL of HUMAN HAND

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Gimp

Mavis Beacon teaches

Touch Typing, with additional thought control module...

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Samsung names date for UK 10in Android tablet release

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kitchen cupboard material...

required, and must contain letters.

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Apple closes book on iPhone-look jotter

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Can he sell them as development aids?

For iPhone developers to perfect their designs ;)

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WTF are... connected appliances?

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Give me

IP enabled thermostats (read temperature and regulate valve), thermometers (maybe in light switches, which could also be IP controllable) and boiler controls.

Of course the manual override still has to work, and you need power to the radiators, but that can't be insurmountable.

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US air passenger cuffed over low-flying pants

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shoot them...

with a staple gun - having hitched their trousers to "Cowell" rather than "exhibitionist"

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Peugeot iOn e-car

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Overnight

Overnight charging is possible - 50 miles to work is longer than the vast majority of people.

If you have parking at work then you might be able to charge during the day as well...

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GeoTrust founders offer free SSL

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DNSSEC, and an SSLkey record type

See title

Then we can forget about all of these dappy certificate issuing bodies and roll our own without warnings - the browser (or other application which wishes to communicate securely) can simply look up the required certificate via a secured sideband transmission.

If we want to get all clever about it then why not add DNSCurve to the list as well, encrypt the DNS queries as well...

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Motorola Milestone 3 no longer bound for Blighty

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Bluetooth...

I now have a BT keyboard connected, then I can case my phone easily, and have a full sized (95% of laptop) keyboard when I need it...

Mine's the one with a folding kb in the pocket...

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Google sees 15% speed boost with HTTP tweak

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So...

Can anyone tell when they are in the 1%?

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HTC U-turns over Desire Android 2.3 update

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Presumably...

The rest of the HTC range will benefit from the slimmed down SenseUI

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Malware abusing Windows Autorun plummets

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So...

Tell your machine that when it sees this UUID device (For which you can sub a readable name) that is should run a certain program with parameters.

Preferably a program held on the PC, not the device, but it doesn't really matter if you trust your devices.

Such a system can't be that hard (udev?) for a behemoth like Micro$oft to wrap a pretty gui round for your granny to use. Backup drive manufacturers could even interface with it..

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No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC

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WTF?

For Android 2.3.3 install cyanogenmod...

Other after market firmware versions are available...

It's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be (although I did get into a reboot loop once, it wasn't terminal)

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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive e-car

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So - where do you park during the day?

Why not charge up at work - where spaces are more reliable - 3 phase is probably available as well.

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'Dodgy Android apps are breaking our phones' - Motorola

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No...

A reset to eliminate software issues before a hardware return.

Not every week - just when a customer is suggesting that their handset is broken.

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Antimatter hangs around at CERN

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Only if...

Only if the containment was too large.

Nukes convert a miserly fraction of a percent of their mass into energy - an antimatter bomb would release it ALL. Of course it would release it mostly as Gamma, whereas a nuke releases large quantities of heat as well (due to the reaction of the remaining mass.

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3D printer produces working house keys

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Print in wax

Then use in a lost wax casting.

Chrome plate the result...

Overkill for a one off entry (such as that required by the AA, or a thief)

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Samsung must cough up Android prototypes to Apple

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Pixels

You copied my pixels Waaa WaaaHaaaaa.....

Amazing - if they'd lifted the graphics then that it one thing, but to assert ownership over a pretty obvious shape, after all my chopping board is that shape.

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Dell intros world's thinnest 15in laptop PC

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WTF?

What's with...

the apple keyboard in there?

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Eureka! Google breakthrough makes SSL less painful

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Verisign who?

What we need to do is to have a standard DNS record for SSL keys.

With DNSSEC implemented you have a full trust relationship (to your DNS root provider), and there is no need to have these third party certificate signing authorities...

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Google rolls out fix for Android security threat

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Read it again

A) Cyanogenmod (other aftermarket firmwares are available)

B) It's a server side fix (refusing the HTTP connection makes handsets try HTTPS)

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David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes

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Missed the point

Your job is still needed. The skills are still needed.

But you can't do much (other than planning) without some actual cable (optical or electrical or other yet to be discovered/invented) in the ground.

Digging a hole does not require networking knowledge, just a spade. Once they have laid conduits you're network hardware colleagues can simply come and blow the cables along...

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BMW tests laser-guided car junction buddy

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Good thing

it's been designed to detect pedestrians - Oh, wait. It hasn't.

So now BMW drivers will fly round corners safe in the knowledge that they'll only hit something squishy.

PS -Yes I read the speed limitation on the system.

PPS - Yes I realise that this is no different from many BMW/Audi drivers at the moment.

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99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials

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Unhappy

cyanogen

Aftermarket firmware is the only way to get upgrades in a timely fashion.

Carriers don't care - you're already paying

Manufacturers don't care - they want to sell you a new phone

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Endeavour heads off on final mission

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Boffin

Most vehicles aren't "Veteran" after just 24 journeys...

Although measured in miles, or fuel consumption it could be valid.

Now can we design the orbital vehicles we need?

Like a small crew vehicle, and separate cargo vessels - so that the crew is carrying less fuel, and can be further away from it...

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Peugeot compo cam aids amateur espionage

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NP blurring

is automated, so of course it will happen to car transporters...

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164XXX jubs shake Middle England

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No...

Just, no.

I do hope that she has to pay for corrections to the spinal deformity she is undoubtedly cultivating.

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Boffins develop method of driving computers insane

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"The hope is that this kind of modeling will help clinical research."

Is it just me who read that as meddling, not modelling?

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