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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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Re: Locking software to an account is nothing new...

Nothing probably but why do you accept being made an ass of?

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A honorable gentleman says....

If you can't afford the product you have no human right to get it by installing from media you obtained without paying the original content creators.

This is an amazingly circuitous route of saying "rent is due because I say so".

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Re: high street hackers..

I think if this goes ahead we'll be back to the days where you can walk into a store and get your console modded.

Unfortunately, rampant empire building by bureaucrats has it made it so that the whole security apparatus and SWAT overkill power of AUS/US/UK's Homeland Jackboot Security will come down on modders like the fist of Himmler in a short time.

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BBC suspends CTO after £100m is WASTED on doomed IT system

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"rampant and seemingly unstoppable theft of digital IP across the globe..."

Must be happening in another dimension. Or maybe it's irrelevant?

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Re: Money? it's not real money

Yeah, well, of course in the private sector no one ever has an IT scheme fail and if they did they would never, ever, recoup the loss by simply passing it onto the public.

You sarcasm is commendable but I'm not so sure you know what you are actually talking about.

Except, ha ha, this mess was largely made by private companies (Seimans/ Atos) who, er, passed it back onto the public in the form of the BBC who tried to rescue some value from it and failed.

So how did they manage that mysterious feat of "passing it back onto the public in the form of the BCC?"

And spell Siemens properly, please.

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Re: @theflashyblade

On the other hand, from the industry that brings us techniques of the week like 'agile' and even 'LEAN agile' while almost without exception ignoring the wisdom of things like The Mythical Man Month, I'm frequently not sure what the point is.

I'm sure of that because you clearly missed what the Mythical Man Month was about and how "agile" may be able to help - at least in a certain number of cases.

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Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER

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Re: Fracking needs to be fully controlled

> Laws mean nothing to most oil companies

What the hell does that even mean?

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Gut Helmut!

produced over 15.6 million hectoliters (3.3 billion pints) of Bier

I think we need a Boltzmann Liver, suddenly appearing mysteriously in empty space (because quantum fluctuations make it so it MUST appear from time to time in any point of an universe that is old and large enough) just to process all that!

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

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Re: A different concern?

> Perhaps the governmental worry has more to do with the guns being made of plastic...

Right, anyone old enough to remember the media panic when the "plastic gun" by Glock came out? UNDETECTABLE IN AIRPORTS, ZOMG!!

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Unsuccessful SuccessCase

The US and Australian police instead of spouting off, actually do the tests, and conclude, even when produced by the cheapest available 3D printer that the gun is extremely dangerous, "both to the person it is being used against and to the user."

They also found out it was made of plastic.

Using a gun is a uniquely cowardly act but using one of these is going to play right into the "gangsta" mentality where using one is spun as a uniquely brave thing to do.

Not only do we have ganstas with gangsta mentality with real guns, but now we have to worry about them having plastic gun initiations, too? Shock horror.

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Yes, I'm happy to live in a world where the intelligence people check my Internet searches, purchases and my communications generally but where buying a plastic printer falls through the cracks. Whew!

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Re: Bullets

I didn't know there was a large red button that makes bullets cost £5k each?

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Re: Why are the Yanks scared about this?

At least Michael Moore will be able to do a movie with spiritually unlifiting background music about this.

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Re: 3D gun?

Hi, Cave Johnson here. In the next test will have you fire our new 4-D gun. That's right, 4-D! You may have heard about that 3-D plastic gun printing business from the papers. Caused quite a ruckus over last summer's silly season. Well, at Aperture Science we have got one better and increased the dimensionality by a full 33.33%. Now you can fire a gun and the bullet will go back in time and actually hit your own backside. Please don't pay attention to the gore in the waiting hall. There were some testers to whom the aforementioned actually happened.

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SOMETHING DOES SOMETHING AND WE NEED A LAW AGAINST THAT!

Cost to taxpayer: ~ a few million bucks while actual problems stay unsolved and the legal system is clogged up.

Advantage: Securocrats get a free platform, bureaucrats justify paycheck, legal profession justifies paycheck, journos pumping the dross justify paycheck, old ladies sipping earl grey feel securer-er.

Effects: nil

Rinse, repeat.

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Re: In other news...

> THE SKY IS FALLING!

It's only the printed one which is.

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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

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Re: No legitimate internet cafe is being hurt

> As usual the knee-jerk reaction by the liberals

Liberals? Hey, Mr. Conservative. Your hat.

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Re: Government

Thumbs up for Great Mencken.

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No Fun allowed!

There basically gambling dens by a misdemeanor.

Who gives a flying f*ck except the cretinous cretins continually minding your own business?

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Experts: Network security deteriorating, privacy a lost cause

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Start off with a turd? Expect me to read this?

"We've got North Korea with ICBMs and we've got Iran developing an atomic bomb, but that's not our biggest problem" Brocade Communications chairman David House said

Iran is developing an atomic bomb? Says AIPAC and various sycophants of BushCo, which includes the sorry editorials of WaPo (yes, you Hyatt, you prick) and the War Street Journal.

Instant disqualification as mouthpieces of the War Lobby.

You, Mr. House, are just another useful idiot.

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Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

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Re: News Chronicle November 11, 1944

Says radio control used for initial part of flight followed by inertial guidance systems - which made it quite accurate in direction but poor on range.

And ... the analog on-board computer that everyone forgot about: Helmut Hoelzer’s Fully Electronic Analog Computer used in the German V2 (A4) rockets

It seems to do attitude control and position correction by integrating the sideways accelerations, if I understand weel, though ... where are the accelerometers? And how does it know it is on course?

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Re: Don't say I didn't warn you

Meanwhile at MI6...

"We get message!"

"Main screen turn on!"

"It's Allen...!"

"Dear Your Majesty's Secret Service. Respect MY PATENTS! Or else ..."

"What you say!"

"You have no chance to survive, I have vintage ICBM!

"MUAHAHA ....." [meow]

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Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...

Germans ... the only thing they can't do is fix the UK's LA-85.

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SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

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Re: Fixed it for you

> All corporations exploit all their workers.

Marxist Bullshit. You can *always* walk. That's the extent of the exploitation. Then cries arise "but muh pension scheme / unemployment benefits blah blah". These are chains that link you to GOVERNMENT. Enjoy them.

Meanwhile... Let the SAP HUMAN INSTRUMENTATION PROJECT commence!

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Did Kim Dotcom invent 2-factor authentication? Er, not exactly...

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I'm so tired

Pretty sure prior art predating the first gleam of patenting lighting up the mind of an innovator having an idle period on the khazi can, and will, be found.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Re: New controllers needed

That's entertainment. That's entertainment...

You now picture a well-dressed Danny deVito on the Microsoft board saying that.

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Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

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I told you so. Now I have to surveil you. For you own good.

Reid, the former Labour home secretary, said the bill was a crucial weapon against terrorists and warned that it would take "some huge tragedy" for Britons to see the need for legislation.

Rule #1 of bureaucracy: Never let a good crisis go to waste

Old' Orwell warned us about those guys ... "when they strike, they strike hard."

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Re: "life companion for a richer, fuller, simpler life"

So Ronery!

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Tipsters exposed after South Africa's national police force hacked

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FAIL

".za" is now being transferred to Zimbabwe.

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Re: Arizona laws requiring immigrants to carry documents at all times

What kind of little roach downvotes this?

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Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

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More candidates for the B-Ark

I can't wait for it to take off. I can sanitize my phone myself.

Additionally, the easiest way to up the GDP is to have the government write a huge amount of debt on itself, then just print the corresponding money which you then pretend to have "borrowed". Then spend it. The plebs of the B-Ark will say that they "owe it to themselves", the statisticians on the deck 5 will be happy and the inhabitants of bailout promenade will continue to live in luxury, at least until the final landing is applied. No need for licenses and whatever.

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Yahoo 'won't screw Tumblr'? Then Tumblr will screw its balance sheet

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Son, I am disappoint!

Sod this.

Commentary like the 90's Internet Bubble is BACK AGAIN?

The only good thing is that the lass in charge of Yahoo now can justify her 6 million USD per month salary (or thereabouts) with a retarded acquistion.

I hope every fracking fund takes the conclusion that needs to conclude itself

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WW II U-boat attacks prompt new US response

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Kaaaarrrlllll!!

Why not NUKE those derelicts to smithereens? There are tons of as-yet-unused Pu lying around!!

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

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Around 600 (will be) made redundant by August

Quite the boss, this August guy. Sounds a bit french, too.

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Re: Feed them

Yep. Nuke it from the Data Center Control Room, it's the only way to be sure.

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Re: Sigh..

> Given El Reg's record in entomology I'm surprised they weren't described as termites.

That would have meant mentioning Space Marines, and then Copyright Violations Against Space Marines, and then we would be off on a tangent with Andrew.

Seriously, these ant invasions are weird. It's almost as if an alien intelligence wanted to take us out with better and better engineered stuff .... like in Philip K. Dick's Expendable. Maybe we should talk to the spiders.

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Securo-boffins uncover new GLOBAL cyber-espionage operation

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Re: Info Sec - wat iz it?

While you are busy applying the hard-acquired knowledge of your MBA, unknown operatives from many places of the world are playing tag on your machine (if they aren't chatting with each other), like a particularly functional version of an UN assembly.

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It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!

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Re: But how?

I dunno but have a blast from back when Acorns existed:

Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

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Get your head out of the Tumblr!

Seriously, I like to dwell on the olden times when 1 billion was hard to come by and was actually real money. You could buy nuclear submarines with that etc.

Hyperinflation is a festering decay process and apparently starts in the management offices.

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

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The Rouge Republic of California

Weaver also plans to lobby the government of California to toughen up laws against upskirt filming or other pervy public crimes. She is angry that the charges brought against suspects are only counted as misdemeanours under California law, which does not consider such charges sex crimes.

Yep, we can't get enough control. Better have the guy exiled, branded, required to check in with police regularly and forbidden to stay within 500m of a school for more than an hour forever.

Beria would have had the guy shot after seizing the footage and the woman for his personal amusement. It would only be fair!

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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Re: it isn't radio waves

In that case, no directional antennas ....

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Re: Get some NFC Card Sleeves damned fast!!!

Is that the new tinfoil?

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Nintendo throws flaming legal barrel at YouTubing fans

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Re: unique audiovisual experience?

> I would argue that recording the screen of a desktop application is a little bit different than recording a game that contains significant amounts of graphical and audio content.

How exactly?

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Hold our tiny silicon spheres, say gravity wave detection scientists

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Re: If they do, you'll never prove it

Looks like some commentards are ready to submit their paper to "Loonie Reviews B"

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Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

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Eadon impersonation.

"Moon Monitor Console" in a crappy MS-DOS terminal window, one of the most amazing catastrophes and nastiest venereal diseases of IT ever!

NASA FAIL!

In "Contact" Elly had perfectly good 21' CRTs and X-Win applications. And that was 15 years ago.

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Google research chief: 'Emergent artificial intelligence? Hogwash!'

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> even this website is very probably conscious

So how about YouTube and its comment section.

No, wait. We are doomed.

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Re: Anyone remember Kevin the Cyborg?

Well, there are more serious journals than El Reg writing about advances in AI all the time, and there is nothing Sci-Fi-esque about it.

IEEE Intelligent Systems comes to mind (ex "IEEE Intelligent Systems and their Applications" (1998-2000), ex "IEEE Expert" (1986-1997)).

Yes, things are heating up, the "far out AI, are you mad?" of yesterday becomes the "it has been done; can't be AI then" of today increasingly quickly. The goal or target or criterium for succes is, however, still as unclear as ever.

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I know identity of Bitcoin's SECRET mastermind, says Ted Nelson

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Re: Nope

Paper Dollar is unstable and wholly impractical as a currency, it is only getting press right now because people think they can accumulate riches monetizing debt denominated in it. It fits perfectly well that a monetarist, a Keynesian and a string of clueless White House dwellers may have developed something that only works in a highly developed set of circumstances that they assume will never change.

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Re: Don't you just love ...

But he could do cameo appearances in something like "Conspiracy Theory II - Serial Conspiracies LAIN"

Could Tim Berners-Lee?

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Dude!

The ABC conjecture is very easy to explain.

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

Proving it is hard. And Mochizuki's proof is apparently coming from the future, it's that kind of hard.

More on Mochizuki's proof at here for example. Excellent for Sunday Mornings.

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