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766 posts • joined 19 May 2008

Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

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WTF?

xubuntu?

Other window managers exists - why not offer options at install time.

My preference when I was allowed to work on a real OS was actually ion3.

I was really impressed with the latest Ubuntu install - it asked me about the partitions I wanted, then went off and formatted/installed in the background while it asked me the remaining few questions. For one of those to have been "Which window manager do you want to use" with screenshots of each wouldn't be that hard....

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Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision

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Glasses

are far to easy I presume....

Of course they'd be an easy way to put a power source within 2cm of the eyeball...

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Amazon's Android-friendly Kindle Fire splutters

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Can I

take yours off you then :)

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Truly unlimited mobile for $19: How can it be true?

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Facepalm

DNS based VPN?

If DNS requests get through then you have a data pinhole, and therefore a VPN could be established...

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Reg reader seeks living room Myth advice - can you help?

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Go

HDMI extension...

Extend HDMI over cat5 or cat6.

Then you can leave the PC elsewhere, but reap the benefits of a "proper" system.

For control you can either just go wireless, or use smartphones etc. At a push then you could use another run of cat5 to extend USB to the room and use a cheap wireless keyboard/track(pad/ball) combination.

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Kindle Fire gets root access

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Mushroom

But does the fire have BT?....

With Bluetooth (and more importantly HID support) I could envisage this being very valuable. I just don't get touch screen keyboards for more than SM length typing...

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Vacuum cleaner set Swedish nuke plant on fire

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WTF?

Missing the point.

"Human error shouldn't occur in nuclear power plants"

No - human error should be expected, and systems put in place to mitigate any damage to acceptable levels. Did it really take 7 months to find a hoover? (yes I know it's more likely that the ire did damage which has taken time to clean up - but that's why I don't writ headlines.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

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Recall???

Not until they can do something about it.

Unscrew the antenna maybe (I know it would probably require a scalpel)

When this code was written was what 10 years ago?

2001 - No one thought of security? I doubt it, they just thought "!windows == !vulnerable"

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Apple plans big solar farm to clean dirty datacenter

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Stop

More significantly...

how much solar capture is being chopped down?

Surely a biomass mini power station would be a more efficient system.

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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

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WTF?

Surely

They can just turn off their core routers for three minutes before they get ordered to turn them back on?

Or maybe just cut off access to anything from the judge...

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Solarcars are hot!

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road worthy wheels - so a well made bike wheel

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

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FAIL

Well apparently phpbb3 logos are naughty - because the $mobile_prover filters won't let me look any anything phpbb related...

So I'm now "unfiltered"

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Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'

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I don't...

How many people change from their default browser on their mobile device?

I guess MANY fewer than on the desktop

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Premier League loses footie decoder case

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So surely they'll seel the rights to sell it for viewing in one country and then shaft the provider...

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Samsung shows second second-gen 7in Galaxy Tab

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WTF?

Or it's like Swatch suing casio for making a "portable clock designed to be worn around the wrist."

or "a time measurement device using two hands sweeping across a circular face"

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Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

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Return them

Buy machine, wipe disk, start to install ubuntu - return PC to store as faulty

Repeat with every machine there...

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Blighty's slow-crawling broadband streets revealed

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Self selection?

And average broadband speed - surely that be a comparison between "paid for" and "achieved" with a checkbox for "wanted to pay for faster, but unavailable"

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Hunt for long-lost Apollo 10 moon lander adrift in space

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No Fuel

For takeoff - so they'd have been committing suicide...

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Google reveals 'leap smear' NTP technique

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Why do we need to keep in sync?

Might be nice to have holidays that move around the seasons - then we can have a few years of skiing, then a few sunbathing....

I presume Farmers look at their fields and at the sky rather than the calendar when deciding what to do with their crops.

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Diminutive robot to attempt Iron Man Triathalon

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Erm...

"Of course there's not much practical benefit to a robot capable of completing triathlons. Same way as it's not a very practical skill for humans. Get in a car why don't you?"

I don't have an amphibious car...

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

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Mushroom

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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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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