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Germany reveals secret techie soldier unit, new cyberweapons

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Weird morals...

"Legislators reportedly expressed surprise at the existence of the unit and questioned whether military commanders had the legal authority to launch attacks on foreign networks."

So it's normal to research and plan for a war where you'd flatten a country with explosives, tanks and nukes if you so chose, but surprising and legally dubious that you'd consider interfering with their ability to post a facebook status update of "OH NOES! WE ARE BEING BOMBED!" ?

These legislators must live in a strange little world.

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HP Z1 quad-core Xeon 27in PC

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Re: Why oh why

For that money you could build yourself a couple of SSD based Shuttles of similar CPU and RAM grunt and plug them into IPS panelled Dell U2711 monitors of identical size and resolution, *but* with a practical matt screen instead of the Apple-esque "Must only be used whilst wearing black" gloss screen. Yes, *that's* why Mr jobs always wore than turtle-neck.

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1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

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Anna Anna Anna....

What's with that factual sentence listing other companies using Foxconn's services?

The Appletards aren't getting to you are they?

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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

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Re: Right or wrong

Next week's news:

Music business flood all media channels with propaganda. Within 2 months 90% of the population believe VPN is an acronym for "Virulent Pirate Nastiness" and campaign groups spontaneously (with backing from mysterious benefactors) spring up to outlaw such heinous systems.

Next year's news:

VPNs and all encrypted transport systems have been found to be used for 49% piracy and 50% terrorism, and all forms of encryption now carry stiff custodial penalties.

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Re: Still accessible for me

Read sentence 3

"We have no option but to comply with this order and will be doing so overnight,” an O2 spokeswoman said today.

Come back tomorrow and report.

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Some Be Broadband customers hit back by claiming they would take their "business elsewhere".

Ummm...

Dunno quite how to break this to you, but unless you are planning to emigrate, you are going to discover finding a UK ISP that hasn't (or isn't about to) block TPB is a little tricky.

Options are:

1) Emigrate as previously mentioned (not a bad option to be honest!)

2) VPN

3) Use a private tracker that's kept its head down.

4) Wait 5 minutes for a different, unblocked domain/IP to appear. Use it for 6 months whilst the wheels of the court go round and round. Once blocked, wait another 5 minutes. Repeat until Music industry resort to using contract killings on pirates with HM Govt blessing.

Changing from one UK ISP to another will not have the slightest influence on the above, except BT moving at their typical glacial speed is actually a slightly beneficial to the end user just this once!

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

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Re: As an Acorn fan girl...

IIRC the first 3 byte pairs of the 6502 memory map were the jump points for reset, NMI and IRQ... Although I could be wrong, it's been a while!

I shall consult Rodnay Zaks when I get home tonight!

Other scary things stuck in my mind:

VDU23,224,24,60,90,255,24,36,66,36

No wonder there's no room left for anything useful!

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Re: As an Acorn fan girl...

Don't worry, it you want to feel old try still remembering 6502 instruction codes in hex!

I rather missed out on playing with ARM in the early days. I suspect I have a few years on you. I do remember playing lander on one once, and having a true jaw on the floor moment. An insanely powerful machine. Unfortunately I couldn't afford one :'(

Apart from that, I'm not going to talk to you any more... I'm still waiting for my RaspPi :-(

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: I finally get it! It all makes sense now...

And I just covered the last base by patenting the circle.

First letter being drafted to Tefal as we speak.

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*rolls eyes*

Correct me if I'm wrong, but M$ are "forcing" a UI designed for a touch screen tablet onto their entire desktop user base just so they can claim "Work on your tablet just like you do on your desktop" on the advertising blurb of the Windows tablets.

They're crippling their desktop users just so they can have a punt at 3rd place in the tablet market - aka over taking the abandoned WebOS!

Oh well... Guess that's me sticking with Win 7 for a while... Which at the moment is hosting an XP VM!

Hmmm, I've got Windows 2.0 floppies somewhere, I wonder if I can find a floppy drive...

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Terror cops hunt laptop snatched from retired MI5 spookmistress

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Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful

I don't think she even know Mr Fugu!

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Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful

You forget, MI5 are a government department, so they just spend all their time telling others how to be careful and whilst in practise still being about as data secure as my mother.

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82 London Underground stations to get free Wi-Fi for the Olympics

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Ahhh...

Crank up those extended laptop batteries and prepare to sniff many foreign language passwords for many unencrypted websites via the unencrypted WiFi.

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Steve Jobs speaks from beyond grave: 'iPads are toys'

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Re: Haterz gonna hate

Well we have to get our chuckles amidst the barrage of continual iphone/pad rumours from somewhere!

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@Dr. Mouse

I didn't think Metro had any redeemable features!

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LMAO!

"world's biggest recycler of Bill Gates' best ideas"...

Anna, you need a troll icon! Even as I type this I can hear distant mouths starting to foam.

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Wealthy Kensington & Chelsea residents reject BT fibre cabinets

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Have fun on your super-highway B road.

"Perhaps one of its competitors will step into the role."

Let me see... Who else provides cables to the premises? Oh, that'll be Virgin Media...

Good luck with that idea if the road isn't already cabled.

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Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook

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Re: Visionary

Well that would certainly reduce the price of the next iphone!

Not sure it would do it any other favours though.

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WD investigating origins of fake drives in UK channel

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The chap from KMS did a better job of defending Aria, than Aria does!

Aria's quote just makes him sound shifty and either hiding something or being in denial.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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Re: 6m?

Sorry Mark ;-)

It was fresh in my mind as I had that exact Audi pleasure on the way to work in the morning.

No idea what he was trying to prove. I was quite happy doing just over the limit along with the car in front and the car in front of that and the car in front of that... etc etc

It's not like he'd ever have been able to impress me with his speed, I was riding my 1000cc sports bike!

I thought about a kill switch backfire to rattle him a bit, but instead just nipped ahead and put myself two vehicles further up the line.

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6m?

Is that it? Audi already have a system on the UK roads which get them within 2 meters!

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Re: Slight problem

Another slight problem... What happens when you find yourself coming up to a junction and the lane leading to the exit you want is full of 100 Volvos all 6 meters apart with none of the drivers paying any attention to other road users and letting them in.

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Dual-dock prototype iPad eyed on eBay

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Re: Uh...

- "WHICH DOESNT WORK?!?!?"

Nothing new there, just ask some of the ipad 3/new wifi owners!

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Ex-Lloyds bank digital security chief 'submitted £2.5m in false exes'

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Re: How much??

Exactly my thought... If this was her fraud amount, how much were the "genuine" expenses? The mind boggles!

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Nvidia Kai to enable cut-price Android tablets for all

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Re: Lower price components?

I don't think you can level that one just at Nvidia, half the tech industry were caught out by that dodgy electrolyte formula.

I've seen boards from countless manufacturers with caps labelled from countless other manufacturers which have spilt their guts for no reason.

However, if you wanted to some Nvidia ammunition you could always mention the poor bump material choice on their BGA chips which caused Apple to issue a recall and admit a status of "non-perfect"!

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Yeah, right...

The day a $199 device arrives on UK shores at £127, I'll eat my hat.

Price conversion into UK£ is usually a character replacement, not mathematical.

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Everything Everywhere activates top-secret erections

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Secret eh?

I don't agree with that... Time to crank up Wigle again.

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Jailed Facebook hack Brit targeted Justin Bieber's girlfriend

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Ahhh...

That explains how the FBI got involved over a single facebook account hack... A celebrity was involved.

*yawn*

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Windows XP update fails in infinite .NET patch loop

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Re: Deja vu all over again

I've seen this before too.

When it happened the other day I just ran M$'s own "dot net removal tool", removed them all, rebooted and reinstalled the versions of dotnet I need. Good excuse for a clear out.

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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"even if "six-tenths of a kilometre" still has a ring of old school about it."

Worse than that, they haven't twigged the simplicity of the metric system allows them to just move the decimal point and make that 6 hundred meters.

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Vodafone's cash mountain rocked by eurozone emergency

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I wonder how much profit their Luxembourg office made...

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Apple's trial experts are 'slavish fanbois who believe in magic'

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lolz!

Thanks for that article, gave me and the office a right good chuckle.

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Virgin Media mauls UK.gov for pumping millions into BT

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Re: Monopolistic?

There used to be several, but they all went to the wall from the expense of installing the cables and battling with local council bullsh*t. VM just came along and bought them and their cables.

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Re: Much as it pains me

<aol>Me too!</aol>

At least BT bothered to cable the entire country. I'm sick and tired about VM going on about their speeds on TV and radio announcements when as far as I know they (or the companies they bought out) haven't cabled a new area in over a decade.

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Audi proposes PC-packing stunt bikes

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"can produce speeds of up to 50mph."

Looks like fun, but at 50mph it will instantly become classed as a motorcycle in the UK, then fail the type testing on brakes, lamps, horn, indicators, mudguards...

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Ten... Qwerty mobiles

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The button size is certainly aimed at children. I doubt my man-sized hands could type on any of those keyboards. I certainly couldn't use a blackberry the last time I tried.

It's a pity HTC didn't continue with the landscape slide out keyboard design they had on the Desire Z. I currently own one, and can type on that quite successfully with my sausage fingers.

Unfortunately they decided to just follow the rest of the crowd and not bother making anything different, so now I have the full range of touch screen handsets from all the manufacturers to consider when I upgrade.

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UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

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Re: Digital equivalent of breaking and entering.

If you want to draw those comparisons, keep going...

If the password is weak, say "password", couldn't you then claim the door wasn't even locked... So you just walked in? It then become trespass, a civil, not criminal offence in the UK.

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Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

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Indeed...

So old there is even a common English saying which evolved from the practise.

"Letting the cat out of the bag" comes from people selling a cat in a sack and claiming it to be a pig. "Letting the cat out of the bag" came to mean "revealing a secret or deception".

I'm not sure if I should be angry at the conmen for the con, or admire their adherence to tradition. Whichever it is I have little sympathy for the victims. They're either very very gullible, or willing to buy what must flag up a few "stolen goods" alarms in their head.

Another English saying comes to mind - A fool and their money are easily parted.

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

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Re: Details...

Good spot!

I think I was too busy checking out the girl's arse.

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@Jai

Because some people round here have the down vote connected to their jerking knee and not to any neurons.

This time is was probably because OJ was on trial quite a while ago, and they thought mentioning his name was an insult to the dead.

Who knows!

Daily Mail readers get everywhere these days.

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Yeah yeah...

If they're not faking it, why did they plant a load of baby Martians in front of it?

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BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One

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Re: Austerity Measure?

No, not more, just the episode they showed the day before in the morning... One they made earlier *ahem*

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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"Lord Howe noted that he'd been responsible for the metrication programme, as minister for consumer affairs in the Edward Heath government"

So it's your fault it's in a shambles! If you'd kept you mouth shut we'd all be using a single system. Imperial.

I'm quite happy with the mix. I can talk measurements with the yanks, and the Europeans, and at my own choosing be complete incomprehensible to both!

Maybe Lord Howe should go and have some fun with the motor industry... Has he checked out the specification of tyres recently (or ever in his life)...

mm width, profile %age of width, rim size in inches.

Muwahahahaha.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Rather apt I thought...

http://sniffpetrol.com/2012/05/10/micrarecall/

Especially the last sentence!

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@Ian Halsted - Re: As long as we get CHEAPER premiums for being good drivers!

Are you trying to say he drove off a cliff?

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Re: Speed != bad driving

I have no idea who downvoted my post of 11:09, but if he/she thinks driving in the rain at 25mph whilst arguing with the kids who are fighting on the back seat is safer to themselves and others than doing 32mph on the same road (but empty) in the dry with no distractions, then I sincerely hope they don't live or drive anywhere near me!

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Re: The whole speed "safety" industry is a money making con

I'm envious of anyone who can get >10mph past a school when it's emptying time!

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Re: Speed != bad driving

Even worse. Doing 32 mph on an empty, dry 30mph road at 3am, or doing 25mph on the same road in heavy rain at school kick out time whilst arguing with the kids who are fighting on the back seat.

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@JetSetJim, was Re: Before anyone says "here comes big brother"...

"i.e. if you stick to the speedo-reported 70mph, you are guaranteed not to be speeding (in a 70mph zone, anyway)."

You'll also be guaranteed to have 1/2 a mile of traffic behind you within minutes, and a [insert favourite rep car of the year here] reporting 68mph 12 inches from your boot.

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Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

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Nah, way too many vowels.

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