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'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

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To explode a supernova?

Why would you want to explode what is by definition, an explosion?

Does exploding an explosion make it more sexy?

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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I can't believe...

...anyone wouldn't have "Howard the duck" high up in their list...

Also the Stallone version of "Get Carter" was so execrable I watched (in disbelief) only the first 8 or 10 minutes, and then turned it off.

However, not all remakes are bad:- the Bruce Willis film "Last Man Standing" was actually a pretty good remake of "For a fistful of dollars"

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Re: How many people ...

I work in the railway industry. Our random booze/dope test policy applies to all - even desk-bound Mac artists like me. This is because :-

a) Can you imagine the conniptions saintly Brother Crow would have, if Drivers/Conductors/Platform staff were tested, but admin/management weren't?

b) In times of need or emergency, any office-dweller can be temporarily re-assigned to 'the front line' - obviously not where specific training is required - so booze-free & dope-free brains throughout the working day are essential.

It ain't no hardship, honest.

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Re: Many ways to handle this

Love it!

Especially #4

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WTF is... White Space radio networking?

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Humph....

"... without interfering with Eastenders..."

But if it could be guaranteed to do so, I'd be all for it.

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High Court confirms 'cheap DVD' tax loophole will close

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Re: Meanwhile...

"All your monies are belong to us".

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Apple hands iPad screen contract to rival Samsung

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Re: "super high aperture"

f400 or, more properly, f/400 would in fact be an extremely small aperture.

The largest commercially-made lens aperture was, I believe, f/0.95 - from Canon, Voigtländer and also Leica.

f/400 is venturing into pinhole territory...

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2 in 3 Android anti-malware scanners not up to the job

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Speaking as an iOS user...

(I'm sure I'll get voted down just for that alone)

One of the biggest problems I've come across in assisting the technologically-challenged has been the user himself/herself.

Even though I'm a Mac user myself, I help friends & relatives who have Windows PCs, too. I have recommended anti-nasty software to users on both platforms, and attempted to drum into their little heads the importance of good backup - preferably cloning their hard drive then executing an incremental backup at regular intervals.

With recommendations for AV software, I attempt to (metaphorically, of course) engrave upon their brains "UPDATE YOUR AV SOFTWARE" but do they do it?

Rarely.

I've just spent some time tidying up an XP system - assisted by my son - and the user asked me in a peeved voice "I installed the AV software you advised - so why is my PC infected?" My reply of course was "Have you kept the virus/trojan defs updated" and was advised "I shouldn't have to do that, should I?"

I thought I'd almost conditioned him to do it when I advised about the AV - BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2010. Apparently, some people think that software produced in 2010 should - by a process of osmosis - be fully conversant with ALL nasties produced since, without they themselves having to do anything about it.

Maybe you should have to have a computer licence, and three endorsements gets it suspended...

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Microsoft's Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours

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You're all wrong...

It's not a fault - it's a new security feature.

A totally inaccessible service is a secure service.

Simples.

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Antimatter asymmetry: new results bring solution closer

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Don't believe it....

...unless there's an anti-Simon Cowell somewhere.

Wonder if we could get him to meet our Simon Cowell

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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Re: Re: It's all a bit moot, anyway

I'll take your word for it:- being mostly a Mac specialist, I've never been involved with MS's enterprise/site licences - or the implications thereof.

It will upset many organisations who still have dozens of P4's floating around, though...

Beer? - Why not?

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It's all a bit moot, anyway

Yup, I'm a Mac man - but I still need a Windows machine at work - Industry specific software written way back in the '90's. Suspicion has it it was the 1890's.

Prior to installing WMWare on my office Mac, I had a Pentium 4 running XP Pro on my desk. I was one of the better equipped staff - Win2000 and lesser Pentiums abound - but so they do in many large organisations who might have their own esoteric S/W - which, if a relic of pre-2k days, is probably not that demanding on resources. Add that to Lotus Notes, a bit of Word/Excel and there really isn't any great need or incentive to upgrade.

With companies still using Win200/XP on a regular basis, I just don't see the huge mass of commercial users rushing out to upgrade.

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Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

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Re: Hm - @Armando123

And you will find your experience echoed in a multitude of companies - large and small - across the UK and elsewhere.

So many IT managers seem to think that installing Macs is a threat to their own little empire, and anyway it's a similar outlook to the one I met so often in the early 1980's - "No-one ever got fired for buying IBM".

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Apple's Messages beta will self-destruct on Mountain Lion launch

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Re: Correction...

You know, if you keep correcting these anti-Apple moans disguised as journalism, you'll probably be banned.

Last thing they want (or care about, seemingly) is accurate factuality.

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Re: What I do at night

Every night? Same order? Same routine? Same time?

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Child abuse files stolen from council worker in PUB - £100k fine

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@cornz 1

Totally right - let's have a bit of fining the cretin who screwed up.

No - let's have a LOT of it.

It just might encourager les autres, to coin a phrase...

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Apple's Chinese labourers get 1.6 per cent of iPad loot - report

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@Jeebus

Not at all - we might point out that Dell etc., etc., also use Foxconn and others, where terms, conditions, pay rates & margins are ALL going to be much of a muchness.

We also point out that at least Apple are doing something - whether it's enough is a subjective matter, not an objective point - to deal with this issue, whereas the actions of pretty well every other manufacturer/assembler are conspicuous by their complete absence.

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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Not necessarily...

...it could be a Dell laptop.

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Wan't it...

...used in hospitals as an emetic?

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@AC 12:47

The right to bear arms is enshrined in the US constitution to protect the freedom of the people.

I accept that the Dep't of Homeland Security is eroding that freedom rather too much, but over-ambitious rulers are kept in check by the thought of an armed populace.

Why do you think our ruling elite here in the UK are so vehemently opposed to any kind of arming of the electorate?

Concern for our well-being? - If so, it would be the first time ever!

To save us from ourselves? - see comment above!

To ensure that armed bad guys can't hurt us? - ask any cop involved in Trident how effective that is.

To prevent a serious rising by a pissed-off electorate? - getting warmer!

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Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

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I am not a number...

I am a free man.

Does it mean though, I'll get a free mini-moke to tax around in?

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I'm just waiting...

...until we all have to shave our heads and have a barcode/QRCode permanently tattooed on.

True, we don't have a Department of Homeland Security with their paranoid über-control, but it appears that our plod can just act like them at a whim.

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Will Apple set up shop in Walmart warehouses?

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Calm down, Dear...

"...its fondleslabs to rich foreigners browsing for overpriced toys..."

More factual, objective and unbiased reporting, I see.

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Suppliers get a shot at £4bn worth of gov hardware deals

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Suppliers get a shot at £4bn worth of gov hardware deals...

...which will end up costing us £16bn - before they're scrapped due to not working.

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Resellers smack down Microsoft's 'single-digit' price rise claim

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Microsoft?

Shady practices?

Next you'll be telling me that ursines defecate in a sylvan setting...

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Second 'Blue Marble' NASA sat pic apes Apollo 17's stunner

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Winter - where?

Winter in the Northern hemisphere coincides with summer in the Southern hemisphere.

And vice versa.

So, - winter where?

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Study links dimwits to conservative ideology

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No Greg...

I've been around El Reg for ages - I AM the wrong side of 60, but I echo Chrchill:-

If you're not a socialist at 16, there's something wrong with your heart;

If you're STIULL a socialist at 25, there's something wrong with your head.

Await avalanche of downvotes.

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...and Socialists

are " wunnerful people" - until they run out of other people's money.

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and here in the UK...

...the lefties in the Labour Party and in Auntie Beeb have long since taken to applying the epithet "progressive" to left-wing ideas.

The subtle assumption/implication being that only left-wing ideas are an advancement, and I'm rather surprised to see how many Reg commenters appear to swallow this rather frightening form of manipulative Newspeak.

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Zuckerberg's 2012 personal income tax bill: $1.5 billion

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Especially U2, with sanctimonious St. Bono preaching "Give, give, give" to the rest of us, but hiding his own mazoolah overseas to minimise taxes...

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Apple: Yes there are horrendous accidents, but we CARE

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Thanks Kyle...

I knew our politicians/civil servants/rulemakers were dumb, but I didn't realise just how dumb they were...

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Judges probe minister's role in McKinnon extradition saga

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Why...

call yourself "Mad Mike"?

One of the most rational comments I've ever read.

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@Symon

Is that why the US has steadfastly failed to return murderers for the last 30 or 40 years?

Claiming that despite scores of dead and maimed innocent men, women and children, these perps were "noble freedom fighters struggling heroically against an evil occupying power".

I refer of course, to the numerous provos who've decamped to the Home of the Brave, safe in the knowledge that their Beaks are in thrall to the misty-eyed Sons of Erin - or at least those whose great-great-great grandpappy was...

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OK Michelle,

I'll call you "Correct", "Asute", and other similar terms.

As to what's wrong with this country? Answer - politicians!

Third or fourth rate individuals with monstrous egos but little comprehension of reality. They're pretty much the same the whole world over.

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Apple tops estimates with earnings leap of 118 per cent

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WTF?

And these anal-ysts...

...get a huge multiple of my earnings for being wrong. Repeatedly.

Guess I shouldn't have paid attention at school...

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UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

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@Local Group

"Defamation of a District Judge is not jaywalking."

If you have to rely on a law which criminalises comment that you're a dickhead, then you truly are a dickhead.

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@Will Godfrey

"I wonder if we are witnessing the start of the next collapse."

We can but hope.

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@ Moiety

You reckon you can find a member of the UK Judiciary who is not barkingly insane?

Needles, haystacks and The Holy Grail spring to mind...

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iPad SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE

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I would have commented...

...but I've been shattered by the terminal verbosity...

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Ford unwraps '2013 Mondeo'

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Probably...

...shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it's one damned-nice looking car.

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Boffins hack evolution, create SUPERSOLDIER ANTS

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?????

"... finding a way to activate the processes that would cause the much larger and more aggressive aurochs to develop..."

Why, FFS?

Just because we can is NOT a valid reason.

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US deploys 1.8 gigapixel helicopter surveillance drones to Afghanistan

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Wot?

Afghani marriage ceremonies???

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Raving Iranian TV accuses Ofcom of Sky ban

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@JohnG

At least they provide a little comic relief.

However, if Ahmadinnerjacket & co. attempt to close the Straits of Hormuz, then apart from a very peeved Uncle Sam, they will find that the rest of the Gulf States will be somewhat miffed as well - to such an extent that they won't hinder the US of A in "re-opening" said straits, and possibly administering a spanking, too.

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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

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84.85%

believe my figure's right...

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I still believe...

...that 98.79% of statistics are made up on the spot...

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

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Why...

...such a load of heated bile?

If you're prepared to put up with this - go on Facebook.

If you're not, or have any other reason to avoid it e.g. you're still continually baffled regarding the attraction of social networking sites, then don't go on Facebook.

I can't see the attraction - but then I AM over 60 - and I refuse to sign up before I can follow anyone else's urge to view their Facebook offering.

I am therefore, a Facebook-free zone. I'm not smug or superior about it: I accept that others might have a different view and might find it valuable and enjoyable. Just because the reasons escape me is no cause for me to be vitriolic about others.

Live & let live - and respect others' right to think differently.

Beer? - why not? it IS the last day before returning to work.

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Smut baron buy-up of Vatican.xxx rumour exploded

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This is a family site...

We'll have nun of that here, thank you.

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Cops arrest cop in alleged corrupt cop-bung probe

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No.

Only you.

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Apple's Galaxy Tab ban was best advertising ever - Samsung

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Come on, Craig...

That's a quote from a PR munchkin. How do you expect it to have any meaning?

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Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

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Ye Gods!

Has there ever been such an opinionated piece, with emotive descriptive language purporting to be an unbiased factual report?

You could be either a graduate of the Dr Goebbels school of reporting, or - and I hesitate to accuse anyone of this - a moonlighting BBC news reporter

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