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ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

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Yeah yeah, likely story... Narcotics more like and a hacked mining laser.

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How on earth did "archaeological" manage to get past them?

Surely it can't be too long before that is "corrected"

Archylogical?

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Apple’s Siri gets sweary with British child

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Hehe...

Apple store here I come!

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup easily unlocked by security flaw

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Rolls eyes...

Glad I disabled WPS on my router when it arrived.

I very much take the view that if I'm not using a feature it should be turned off.

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Make room, internet, there's another 5 million domains to fit in

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Just don't drop it.

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You're obviously the not the owner of a BT Home Hub 3 then... The internet is regularly turned off for a few minutes a week for me when I have to reboot the bl**dy thing to get the wifi to work properly again.

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Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

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Exactly...

The idea of a patent was to protect the inventor so he could recoup the costs incurred whilst developing the product.

The US patent system allows the likes of Apple to patent an idea and do sod all about developing it. If an engineer is unlucky enough to spend time and money actually inventing such a device, he will be lucky to see a penny when he comes to patent the working idea and find Apple own it.

The US patent system is killing invention, not assisting it.

At this rate it won't be long before the rest of the planet develops some bigger cojones and just ignores US patents (aka join China).

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Steve Jobs gets posthumous Grammy AND a bronze statue

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Budapest?

How random.

When I was there in the summer I noticed a very healthy selection of different handsets, so they're hardly a country of fanboys. Apple products are horrendously expensive there, for example it's cheaper to buy a Mac Pro in the UK and ship it to Hungary than it is to buy it locally.

Not often the UK can be described as a cheap source!

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Iran spy drone GPS hijack boasts: Rubbish, say experts

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Maybe...

So spoofing is complex, but what would the drone do if it didn't have any valid GPS signal?

Without it it would have to rely on dead reckoning calculations, with only air speed, bearing and duration to work with to attempt to find its location. It would be off track and lost very quickly indeed.

In such a situation it could have a fail safe procedure, such as throttling the engine back and performing a controlled descent, or does it just keep zooming along in a lost style, hoping for a GPS lock, until it finally runs out of fuel and drops from the sky?

If it is the former, then spoofing the GPS signal with all its accurate timing would not be required, you just need to drown the signal out with garbage which should be a great deal easier given the weak signal sent from the GPS satellites.

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Ofcom maps out what 'psychics' are allowed to do on TV

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*knock knock*

"I'm going to fine you for being a fraud. The fine will be delivered in 48 hours time. If you can tell me the exact value of the fine before it arrives we will let you off."

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I remember Tony Blair being interviewed about the Iraq war... He stated that he prayed for guidance...

So our country went to war because of what the voice in his head replied. Or was it just for the oil or for some kind of back hand from G Dubya?

If the voice was claimed to be anything other than a recognised (who compiles the list?) deity you would get locked up, yet there is no more proof for the existence of "insert recognise deity here" than there is for the flying spaghetti monster. Which is exactly the point of FSM.

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I was directly touched by the noodly goodness last night.

Or as some would call it, dinner.

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BT, Scotland Yard form copper theft crackdown supersquad

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We'll be using neutrinos. Light is too slow.

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It's a start...

Insisting on payment into a bank, or by cheque...

Add to that a photograph of the person concerned and his pile of scrap, and a photograph of his vehicle registration, driving licence and the VIN tag of transit van too, just for good measure.

Then make the fine for handling stolen metal or failure to keep proper records somewhere in the bankruptcy region.

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Not if I "Cu" first!

(That was terrible!)

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Yes

With FTTC (aka BT Infinity) the copper pair from you house goes to the box down the street. There the data and voice are split. The voice continues its quaint (and ancient) route as an analogue signal to the exchange. The data jumps onto the fibre at the cabinet.

My area recently suffered telecoms cable theft. Phone was out, but broadband was fine (which was nice).

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Homeland Sec., RIAA Torrent lists published

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Indeed...

Dynamic IPs would explain some of the odd reports for home users, but the RIAA and Homeland Sec will have fixed.

Mine came up completely clean, which is pretty good. Even more so as I have a dynamic, which means nobody else who was leased the IP from the pool has been a naughty boy either.

Yeah, I know, the site must be broken!

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LMAO!

What kind of dozy muppet runs a torrent client at work?

Then again, what kind of dozy company/corporation/bloated govt dept manages their network so badly that employees *can* run a torrent client inside the network.

I'm sure the RIAA will be covering their arses (or asses as they are American) any time soon with stories of "We have to join torrent streams to check the authenticity of the content before legal action can proceed"... or "It is for statistical analysis of how effective our anti piracy policy is..."

BTW, both those explanations are copyright.

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Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

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The count is going in the right direction, but the pixels are going in the wrong direction.. Sideways!

How about a bit more on the height and a bit less on the width, you know, like ummm, one of those quaint old 4:3 screens.

Then we could have a good size business desktop without having something that looks like the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.

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2011's Best... Smartphones

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This is true, but aren't I right in saying that Microsoft aren't allowing anyone to customise their mobile OS? So the certain manufacturer who takes a while to release Android *cough*HTC*cough* don't have a sense skin to crowbar onto the new release (and eat all the resources!).

Maybe google could get a version out to the manufacturers a bit earlier, but if they are releasing it to the public the instant it is finished, giving the manufacturers a head start would actually mean delaying the vanilla release to everyone else.

The fact Cyanogen manage to get builds out faster than manufacturers speaks volumes in my book.

Sent from my HTC Desire Z running Cyanogen 7.1, gingerbread 2.3.7 kernel. Try getting that from HTC... Oh you won't, the phone is a year old, so they've forgotten about it.

Can't wait to try ICS in the new year.

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Android malware victims offered free WinPhones by MS

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Five best....

Only five? They're sounding really confident about this aren't they.

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Greenland 'lurched upward' in 2010 as 100bn tons of ice melted

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Quite common...

The UK is still doing this from the last ice age, that's how we manage to get little earth quakes even though we are nowhere near a fault.

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Skype founder to offer FREE mobile broadband for all

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2011's Best... Premium Tablets

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@eSeM

Not that aspect ratio has ever stopped laptop manufacturers building so-called business machines with movie viewing 16:9 screens.

*rolls eyes and sticks with his ever ageing 1400x1050 Thinkpad*

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Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

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OMG!

Apple have invented the wheel...!

Quick, start digging out your historical examples and prepare for the lawyers!

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Man fights felony hacking charge for accessing wife's email

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Sounds about the same level of hacking as the UK journalists are currently embroiled in.... In that case they accessed telephone voicemail which had been left at a default 4 number pin. usually 0000 or 1234, and they're going after everyone involved in that with relish!

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

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Indeed. Land of the free and home of the brave... These days it's land of the spied upon and home of the scared shitless by endless terrorism hype.

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Checked my DZ too, running stock HTC Gingerbread, no sign of it.

Maybe it's something HTC only dish out with Sense 3, or just to the US market?

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@Probing...

You can't have it both ways you know... El Reg goes into iphone rumour meltdown for a month before every new phone launch, gets rather tiresome to be honest. Multiple iphone stories a day isn't uncommon.

If you feed the rumour mill for free product promotion, you can't complain if the wheels keep spinning when your product does something daft.

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Best someone checks out ios 5.0 then ;-)

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'I'm the first to admit that we've made a bunch of mistakes'

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<aol>

Me too

</aol>

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Android glitch allows hackers to bug phone calls

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@Miek

I believe he has RTFM'ed. Did you RTFOP? The issue isn't recording audio from the microphone, that's a piece of piss as your links show.

The problem is recording telephone *conversations*. It's very easy to get the audio feed from the Microphone (as per usual), but getting the other side of the conversation is damn tricky.

In some situations the microphone will pick up the audio coming from the ear piece and echoing through the phone internals, but this is not ideal, and subject to the designs of the handset and background noise. It's also completely useless the moment an ear piece is used.

Without a way to tap directly into both sides of the audio, a call recorder as the OP described is not possible.

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Siri gets Android rival as Cluzee goes live

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Well I'm only telling you what it it did to me. I might have said "What is the time?" instead of "What time is it?".

It certainly understood what I had said as it showed the correct transcription on the screen and then started moaning about the address.

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I tried Siri the other day...

I said (in a clear British accent) "What time is it?"

It replied

"I don't know what the time is at 32 minus 45 moody street"

1) It doesn't matter what the time is in Moody Street, just knowing I'm in the UK would be good enough, and you can work that out from the cells with no need to reference wifi or GPS info.

2) We say "32 to 45" not "32 minus 45" for an address which spans multiple numbers

3) I wasn't anywhere near s*dding moody street!

So overall I wasn't particularly impressed.

Although I did manage to successful sneak a "wake me at 4am" into the phone, which belonged to a friend.... Haven't spoken to him since, so I might be in trouble, then again, this is an iphone alarm, so it might not have gone off yet!

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Dawdling EU countries smacked over telecoms reforms

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Interesting mix...

You could forgive some of the smaller countries for maybe be a little bit less organised about it, some of them aren't long freed from the grip of mother Russia, and Poland did lose a big chunk of their government in a plane crash, but that list isn't just the old Eastern block is it, the big (and small) western players are in there too. In fact some of the old Eastern block countries have implemented it successfully.

So which ones are too disorganised to implement it, and which ones are just too top heavy with red tape that they're still trying to slow the bureaucratic oil tanker down before they can make a slight manoeuvre?

The French of course will have their own third category as usual - don't like it, will ignore it.

Still slightly amazed the UK isn't on the list. I guess implementing it in law is one thing, enforcing it is something else entirely.

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How digital audio ate itself ... and the music biz

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Interesting.

An interesting read. Thanks for that.

Just curious you chose to pick on Kate Bush's 80's samplefest as an example, she wasn't the first name to come to my mind from that era... Try the Art of Noise, 1984, Close to the edit.

Although my favourite wasn't until 1986 - Paranoimia... I can feel a youtube memory trip coming on...

Oh oh okay doors, Swiiiiing....

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iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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Ummmm...

Ticking that "post anonymously" is not coming out, that's still hiding!

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Russian Mars probe heads into space WITHOUT ENGINES

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and even if it did, it would create some drag to create lift... and that will slow the craft down and the orbit will decay. You can't go creating enough lift to raise to a higher orbit without putting a bit more ooph out of the motors to keep the speed up... Otherwise you could throw a paper plane into orbit by hand!

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Amazon's Android-friendly Kindle Fire splutters

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Tut tut....

Repeating the same reporting mistakes...

"In some cases, like Google's apps, Amazon appears to be deliberately excluding them."

Google apps aren't part of Android, they are something which Google "give" away with approved Android. Amazon's fork isn't approved by google (not using the Amazon market place is a good way to fail the approval) so as such, Google don't let you play with their toys.

The same happened with Cyanogenmod. Google issues a cease and desist and the google apps had to be removed from CM. They did however come to an arrangement, and the google apps are available as a separate download.

You can get the Google apps onto the fire, but you need to install them via the backdoor, and remember to install the google framework first or it'll all end in tears.

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Mobile operators warned on 'unlimited' data gouging

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Too right. Obviously networks don't want someone really taking the piss, so there should be a sensible "Unlimited" definition. 200MB is nothing like it.

3 have an unlimited service (when you can get a signal!), which seems to be pretty good. I pushed their sales staff for a figure and the only one I could get out of them was 80gig, and even then they said they wouldn't cut you off, but you might get a letter expressing "concern". Now that sounds more like a far use limit.

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"unlimited"

They need to ban carriers and ISPs from using the word "unlimited", it's not just grammatically incorrect, it's an outright lie.

I used to have an Orange account which had "unlimited" (read small print and bill - 500meg a month) connection. Just leaving K9 email client running on my phone for a day would polish off more than 10% of my monthly allowance. A few minutes on facebook would do the same.

So I tend to turn off my mobile data unless I really need it, such as for google maps navigation.

Also the first app I installed on my Android handset was 3G watchdog. Damn useful it is too.

Now does that sound like the behaviour of someone with an "unlimited" connection?

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Woomera: Ghosts of Britain's space past

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#6...

No idea about the ID of any of them.

About #6, having looked at it, and finally working out which way round it goes, I can only deduce that it is the world's largest nurf gun dart... Damn that's gonna leave a forehead ring and a half.

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

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Shoooorly...

Surely any gang member that wishes to advertise his membership via his numberplate should be encouraged?

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Swearing doesn’t help pain if you do it too much

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My thoughts exactly... It was a funny clip though, watching Brian Blessed restricted to non-swear words. IIRC didn't he pick "table" as his word, or was that Fry?

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Windows 8 aims to make security updates less painful

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Restarts...

Best way to reduce restarts is to not allow Adobe to install anything on your machine!

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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@Dan 55

Hi Dan, yes sorry, I did mean the MAC/BSSID, not the user configurable SSID.

Thanks for the link though ;-)

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So...

What about all the other mobile devices? If you think that only Google collects this information to enable fast initial location fixing then you are very much mistaken... They just happened to have had cars driving about which could collect it en-mass in the first instance.

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SSID Mac...

In theory SSIDs are unique, but I get the impression someone in Canada had changed theirs to the same as mine. For a few months Google maps on my phone would locate me somewhere over there when it couldn't get an GPS fix (in my house for example).

It hasn't happened for a while now, so if it was a clone, he's changed routers and mashed in another random collection of hex digits.

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NEWSFLASH: Chips cheaper than disks

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@Andy 115

Actually no. TRIM is required to keep the speed up, and it's a new arrival to every OS I can think of.

Windows 7, OS X 10.7, Linux 2.6.33

Of those three, Windows 7 was actually the first released.

Yes, yes, I know you could have hacked it into earlier versions of OS X (10.6.6 - Still released after Win7) and Linux, but to do that you would have needed to know how to hack it in, and also have heard that it was required! So I'm talking about off-the-shelf support.

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Depends on the OS and chipset support. If your OS doesn't support TRIM, then yes, the SSD will start to bog down.

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