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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Call it "Jack Into Cyberspace"

Relive the futurist dreams of your youth.

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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Re: Flash

It all depends on the firmware in the Flash controller. I suspect that any faulty areas will be marked as unreadable, but would doubt that it'd go much beyond that. For example, performing an erase on a bad area WOULD wipe any stored info permanently, but I don't think any but the most paranoid, security-specific FW would go that extra yard.

If you run a zeroing utility on a spinning rust HDD, will it attempt to overwrite excluded bad blocks as well as the 'good' data / directories?

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Love that noise

@Phil O'Sophical:

Almost identical story to yours, except I was returning the hire car when Concorde was just coming in to land. It was like the Space Shuttle or something! Nearly wrote off the hire car as a result of staring in awe at the big bird.

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Re: Love that noise

@Chicken Marengo:

Precisely what I came to the comments section to say - AND I was also going to say about the only exception being the Vulcan.

(Though I'm sure a Saturn 5 rocket would be something to behold).

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: You must be joking

Radio 6 is something to be proud of.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: @MS software going downhill

No, I've seen a shedload of non-MS software which is 100 times flakier than Office. Interoperability of Office is also stronger than it has ever been. And MSE is the best free (as in beer) AV tool I've ever used on Windows.

Not an MS shill, nor an open-source hater (used Open / Libre Office for yeeeears). I've been a Windows user since the late '80s, PC/DOS user since the mid-80s. I've been through the hell of Windows 9x, where you HAD to install third-party AV and firewall to protect yourself from the simplest of script attacks. Then I switched to XP, where you could get by with running without protection as a Limited User Account.

Oh yes, you could!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/aaron_margosis/archive/2004/06/17/157866.aspx

Now, Windows 7 offers all the benefits of active LUA and Firewall by default. And MSE is just a free download away.

Nope sorry, I don't buy your assertions on any level.

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Re: Well it should be obvious

"AV companies started their products in the 1990s, back when nobody was good at programming, at least not the people who programmed for Windows."

Oh, give over.

Mac programmers were crap back in the day, too. "Hey, pointers are 32-bit, but we can only access 24 bits of memory space. Let's employ that top byte for something useful, like flags."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_memory_management#32-bit_clean

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Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

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In Soviet Russia

Tor crack YOU.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Re: Profit wouldn't slip if they wrote better games

"Might as well be Sailor Moon wiping the floor with Barney the Dinosaur."

Now, THAT's what I want to be playing in 2019.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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@Wzrd1

YAAC was merely pointing out that 'news' is so called because it is the plural of 'new'. Something that happened 45 years ago without current relevance has no place on a 'news' show.

Wait for the half-century anniversary. The news outlets will be pulling out all the stops due to the fact that we have 10 digits on our hands, and landing on the moon was the coolest fucking thing a man (or mankind) has ever done.

BTW, thanks for playing your part in making Iraq and Afghanistan safer places for everyone.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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There was the recent case of a man in Bristol.

"who had photographed kids vandalising his garden as evidence for the police."

I wanted to believe that this was some kind of exaggeration or urban legend. Not so:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10409326/Man-accused-of-being-paedophile-and-murdered-for-photographing-garden-vandals.html

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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Re: Still waiting on a grand unified theory

"Since 1975 we knew what we know today...."

Pish. They didn't KNOW that the Higgs existed in 1975.

Or 1985.

Or 1995.

Or 2005.

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Can nothing trip up the runaway cash monster that is Intel? Well...

Toastan Buttar

Horses for courses

Got a mains connection or a dirty great laptop battery? Use Intel.

Relying on keeping energy use to an absolute minimum? Use ARM.

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Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'

Toastan Buttar

> I like this Elon bloke.

Me too. A great philanthropical gesture.

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Hey, remember the iPod Touch? Apple just did

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Re: Wow, they released a new product that's 3 years old

"The primary market for the ipod touch is gaming, and they keep killing themselves with a product no one wants."

Kids want iPod Touches. Parents want iPod Touches. Parents of kids want to give their precious little darlings iPod Touches instead of Nintendo portables. Why? TCO. You can download a brazilian free cool games from iTunes that are totally worth playing. Get a DS->onwards Nintendo machine and you will find yourself and your offspring paying mightily for cartridges, etc. Some of which might not have lasting appeal (no names mentioned to protect the guilty).

Plus, you don't need to take out any sort of PAYG or contract for an iPod Touch.

In short: Not obsolete by any measure.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Alternative viewpoint

Taken the cat for a walk??? Seriously? Open the door...'walkies' taken care of. Not much danger of them mauling neighbours because they're hot and thirsty. The worst that can happen is they 'adopt' some other family for extra rations and pats whilst not at their 'real home'.

Dogs, OTOH. Yep, they need walked by a responsible human.

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

Toastan Buttar

Best Gameboy

Gameboy Pocket. Lasted for 10 hours on a couple of AAAs.

Or GBA SP. Rechargeable out-of-the-box, backwards compatible with every Gameboy title to date.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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The user experience is worse for me.

I used m.theregister.co.uk for years on my crappy, underpowered Android phone. The user experience is now worse than it ever was for me.

Congratulations on spending many man-hours of work making your product /worse/ than it was before.

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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" Besides, where would the Science Museum put it?"

Probably inside a glass case, like the perfectly-functioning rebuild of the Difference Engine?

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Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

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Macintosh is dead

At least, the Macintosh as envisaged by the original team, is dead.

A lot has happened to the home computer market since 1984 such that a 'Mac' really doesn't have much to offer the average consumer to differentiate it from the unwashed hordes of other Intel-based laptops and desktops. NOTHING like the difference between an original IBM PC and the Beige Toaster.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Coat

Grab your coat...

...you've pulled a derogatory comment.

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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Cool

You don't have to explain what's cool about a 'Pygmy T-Rex'.

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

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The sound of eyeballs getting really big

Just hide some pr0n and tell them it's impossible to find:

http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Eyeballs

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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Can it be true?

That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Big Brother

Re: Interesting choice of words

I kept waiting to see SMERSH, SPECTRE and IPCRESS.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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Use mobile-tuned websites, not apps.

I have a fairly old and memory-limited Android phone. I use the browser 100% of the time to access things like El Reg, BBC News and Facebook. I've tried the Android app for FB, and it's pretty good, but it just uses too much of my on-board memory. Instead, when I use FB on my phone, I go to m.facebook.com and it's good enough for reading and posting comments until I get home and use the full-fat experience on a real browser (on a PC with a mouse, keyboard shortcuts and cursor keys).

The same rule applies when visiting El Reg, the BBC, newspapers, etc.

Take out the "www." , slot in the "m.". Job done, 90% of the time.

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Re: Self-powering?

Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Wow this new monitor is the coolest

"Somebody sticky taped some c+ syntax on it".

Like an extra "+" symbol, perhaps?

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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Been there, done that.

Peter Ustinov's identical twin orbitted a black hole for a while in the 1970s.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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You're not the first naked engineer to use that story.

Obligatory Dilbert classic:

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1990-08-27/

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Guitar amp

Tandy sold a tiny 'guitar amp' during the '80s. It was quite sought-after as a distortion unit. Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics loved it.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Unhappy

Re: Good lad!

> Lighten up dude, it was a joke (I'm not aware that any child in the US of A has

> ever had the chair for anything).

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

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

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Good for two-player Battleships

but not much else. Maybe previewing selfies on the rear-facing camera?

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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

Toastan Buttar

Re: "I think PCs will be effected by those changes and react to the extent that they can."

Why did you put a grocer's apostrophe in PCs?

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

Toastan Buttar

The chances of anything hitting the Earth

Are ten-million to one they said.

But still they come!

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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"One of the existential threats to bitcoin."

You keep using that word but I don't think it means what you think it means.

I prefer to keep my money in the bank of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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Did Jobs 'give back' to BSD?

Nah, he just consumed the work of egalitarian programmers and built an industry on the back of it, in the same way as any other ruthless capitalist.

Before you downvote me, offer hard facts in response.

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Re: A retailer, not an IT company

@Pete 2

Thank you for so eloquently articulating my thoughts. Amazon's 'product' is the convenient and competitively-priced purchase and delivery of real-world 'stuff'. Yes, they use cutting-edge software to do that, but the most cost-effective way to utilise that is to reap the benefits of free (as in beer) open source, developed by egalitarian programmers, and then keeping your proprietary, internal enhancements to yourself.

Do you think the richest companies in the world got there by being "nice guys"? Dream on...

At least the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Gates of this world 'gave something back' to the world after years of ruthless business activity. Maybe Bezos will, too. Eventually. If I were in the FOSS world, I wouldn't hold my breath.

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Really really basic computers

Don't talk to me about indentation levels in Python. Especially when someone uses an editor with spaces to modify code originally indented with tabs.

A stupid, stupid, stupid design decision.

Like making the assignment operator in C '=' and equivalence '=='. AND making assignments within conditional statements valid syntax!

Like making fall-through the default in switch statements.

Utterly brain-dead decisions that have cost millions of man-hours of debugging time.

Make the C assignment operator ':=' like Pascal. Allow fall-through only if you add 'continue' at the end of the case block. And just fucking introduce braces to Python. It's FAR easier, and visually more obvious.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it!

"Leaving out people with actual mental damage of some sort or another, everyone's pretty well on a par at birth."

Not true. Just...not true. The evidence overwhelmingly supports the 'nature' over 'nurture' argument. It has done for the last 24 years.

"Being really good at something is mostly a matter of doing it, and that's mostly a matter of motivation. Which is why you can, in fact, teach it."

You state this like a truth, but it's bullshit. Do you think someone can wake up one morning and say, "I'm going to write a number one hit single, or paint a masterpiece." Do you think the only thing that stands in their way is 'motivation'? Did you major in Physical Education?

"Art" is the act of connecting "the sublime" with "the mundane" in an understandable format. Please present me with an infallible approach to this, and I will be a very happy man.

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Re: Z80 vs 6502?

"How's your dead-flesh keyboard toy?"

1K ZX81 and 48K Speccy still functioning fine.

Prick.

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Re: So fix it!

"The next big waves - robotics, embedded systems, hacker biotech - haven't quite broken yet."

Uhh.

Robotics? The next big wave? Are you sure? Robotics == Motors + Feedback Sensors + Logic. I remember going through a few carwashes during the 1970s.

Embedded systems have been around for at least 35 years. That's my current avenue of employment, and all the 1337 optimisation skillz I learnt during the 8-bit revolution are still just as applicable today. When was the last time you programmed a system with 4KB (yes, KILO BYTES) of RAM? Do you reckon those skills can be offshored to Bangalore? We who came of age during the early '80s were truly blessed. Thank you, Dominic, for this article!

Biotech? I leave that to the Yilané.

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Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test

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Re: You've got to be kidding...

Once it's gone through webcam-quality resolution and frame-rate degradation, I wouldn't be so sure.

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FWIW

@Philip Clarke: FWIW, I got the reference.

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APPLE is the new COCA-COLA: Bubble-beverage globocorp beaten by Foxconn rebrander

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Sugared Water

"Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?"[

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Bother! Breakdown busts bloke's bold boffin-blasted briny boat balloon bid

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Thumb Up

All aboard the Skylark!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzu2H3ScDNU

Thumbs UP!

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Brit music body BPI lobbies hard for 'UK file-sharers database'

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WTF?

Re: Should music be free? Industries work to protect their business model.

"Fortunately, as has almost always been the case, the best music is by unsigned musicians"

Well, the 'best' music is what you like the most, and the 'worst' is what you like the least. There is no objective definition of 'good' or 'bad' music.

In my case, the 'best' music came from those artists who could afford the studio time and a stress-free creative playground that wealth allows. Do you think an album like Dark Side Of The Moon or Abbey Road or Moving Pictures could be made by an unsigned band today? Do you think they could continue to produce such high-quality output by selling T-shirts at gigs where they played lesser 'live interpretations' of the (definitive) recorded article?

The same goes for movies. Could some novice 'unsigned' director create something like "2001: A Space Odyssey" or "A Few Good Men" in their 'spare time' with local amateur actors? Would file-sharing that film be in that director's (or the film industry's) best interests?

Maybe the managers at Pixar should get rid of the existing distribution method and pay all the animators and artists from the 10p contributions that file sharers 'would pay, if push came to shove'. In fact, who actually supports those creative workers in having a decent income while they make their latest 'product' the first time (before digital sharing/copying for free)?

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Paris Hilton

Re: @a cynic writes... Power Cuts

Asda Smart Price value microwave. Two knobs: One is a pot for power (i.e. Mark:Space ratio) and one is a mechanical timer.

No LEDs, no clock, no microprocessor, no PIC, no MIPS SoC, no embedded software.

http://direct.asda.com/Smart-Price-700W-Manual-Microwave---White/001576678,default,pd.html

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Boffin

Re: Analog portabel music

Nope. A high-bitrate MP3 or FLAC derived from a raw PCM master is streets ahead of any crappy combination of lossy, distorted vinyl and cassette reproduction. Remember that.

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Toastan Buttar

My first experience of audio recording.

My brother saved a few weeks' of paper round money and bought a budget (might have been Alba) cassette recorder on a Saturday afternoon. We took it back home and set it to 'record' around about tea-time. I can still remember the sounds and conversations as if it was two months ago. It was /very/ weird hearing your own voice on tape (though everyone else sounded 'exactly like they do in real life'). Wish we still had that tape today - what a link to the past!

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