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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

Who needs Google? Some of us can remember history...

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Re: Real terrorists use alt.usenet

alt.jihad.boom.boom.boom ?

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Mathematica hits the Web

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What about Octave?

https://www.gnu.org/software/octave/

A high level of language compatibility with Matlab, and there's even a GUI for it now.

Though personally, I'd just do it in Fortran...

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Or run it for free...

...but slowly on a Raspberry Pi.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: I can sense...

You'll probably find that your wifi and screen brightness work a lot better with a more recent kernel - you can always try it from a live DVD or USB stick to test those features out before installing.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

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Like the old Agora servers...

I used to do something like this, except via email rather than SMS.

Anyone know if any of the servers listed here still exist? http://www.faqs.org/faqs/internet-services/access-via-email/

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

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Re: Air Force reverse engineer?

Also, someone has to work out how the captured UFOs work...

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: The BBC is really starting to piss me off.

You're going to need a bigger dish (maybe 1.5m) if you're allowed to install one.You may find this site useful for assessing potential reception quality in your area:

http://robssatellitetv.com/astra2ereceptionmaps.htm

Otherwise Filmon (as recommended elsewhere) or a Raspberry Pi with RaspBMC and the F.T.V. addon work quite well if you have fast enough broadband.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Some would argue that the inventor was in fact Italian (Antonio Meucci) although like Bell, he was living in the US at the time.

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

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Re: Not just me then?

Indeed - the invisible and the nonexistent look very much alike...

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Re: Just once...

You'll want to be especially careful at McCarran - they'll definitely be listening in given that that's where the Area 51 JANET employee shuttle flights leave from.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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'Murica.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon reinvents himself as SEO guru

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Re: $800k in damages

IIRC there were no passwords set on at least some of the systems he accessed.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Re: Only in the Hollywood version

Technically, the British Empire won...

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: The chocolate is still shit, though.

Reminds me of this: http://satwcomic.com/always-watch-your-drink

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: Splorf

It probably originated here: http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/hovercraft.htm

which gives two Latin possibilities:

Mea navis volitans anguillis plena est

Navis volitans mihi anguillis plena est

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

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Growth really isn't needed...

as long as there"s a universal basic income (paid for by land value taxation)...

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: Yay!

Or the Ribbon?

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: other titles that would freak out the Adele listener:

"Radar Love" (and of course "Crash" by the Primitives as I said upthread)

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Re: My debut single

Or "Crash" by the Primitives?

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Not Complete non-news

IIRC there was some kind of campaign (supported by Buzz) that had something to do with a #Apollo45 hashtag on Twitter to "raise awareness" or somesuch. See http://buzzaldrin.com/apollo45/

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Holes in the ground

That can't possibly end badly...

(BTW for you young'uns, this is a Space:1999 reference - now get off my lawn)

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Re: Hows about

Wouldn't "to infinity and beyond" be better?

Google Translate reckons it's "Ut infinitum et ultra", BTW.

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

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Re: I like mass surveillance

Says the anonymous coward....

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Re: What do you think mass surveillance is?

"I think a lot of commentators here would change their minds after a close brush with a terrorist or criminal action."

It's a risk I, for one, am prepared to take to live in a free society where I am not treated as a potential terrorist by my government and monitored 24/7.

Terrorism alone can't bring down a nation. Anti-terror laws, however, can.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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"Hone in"?

Shouldn't that be "home in"?

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Old news

I remember reading about this (and seeing photos of the earthworks etc.) about 5 years ago - maybe that was when it was still only specualtion, though?

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Surface Mini fondleslab farewelled

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"Farewelled"? Really?

WTF is wrong with "cancelled" or "terminated"?

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Re: A couple of simple tricks:

If you append ?sk=lf to the end of the facebook URL you should always get latest posts (and comments, unfortunately) first.

Dunno why they show me stuff that friends have commented on but that I'm not allowed to, though.

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Google offers $150 gift card for Chromebook Pixel data shutoff

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"reached out"???

Where has this stupid phrase come from, and why am I seeing it so much lately?

What the hell is wrong with "contacted"?

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Re: lifestyle choice. really? always?

This is why we need a basic income - given to everyone automatically (cutting down enormously on admin) and paid for by land value tax...

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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Same here (except Physics was my first choice). To be fair, that was (just) before he arrived at Reading. The old Cybernetics lab had a great mad scientist/boffin vibe, though.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Numbering convention

I think the plan is to have 17.1, 17.2 etc. following shortly after Ubuntu 14.04.1, 14.04.2 etc. - Mint 18 will be the next LTS.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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A dumb (but well-connected) TV

A dumb TV with an excellent screen and audio, with half a dozen HDMI, SCART, VGA, DVI and composite inputs and an easy way to switch between them, and as someone pointed out the other day, a way to memorise the volume settings on each input port.

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Re: Errrrm....

"If you don't see the fnords, they can't hurt you..."

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

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Re: Doric (Scots)

I suspect it'd be similar to "dugs baws" in Ulster-Scots, too.

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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

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Re: When can I mutate into a bird?

I think Bill Hicks said it best:

"By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself. Just a little thought. I'm just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, they'll take root. I don't know. You try. You do what you can. Kill yourself. Seriously, though. If you are, do. No, really. There's no rationalisation for what you do, and you are Satan's little helpers, okay? Kill yourself. Seriously. You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously. No, this is not a joke, if you're going: 'There's going to be a joke coming.' There's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage. You are fucked, and you are fucking us. Kill yourself, it's the only way to save your fucking soul. Kill yourself. Planting seeds. I know all the marketing people are going: 'He's doing a joke.' There's no joke here whatsoever. Suck a tail-pipe, fucking hang yourself, borrow a gun from a Yank friend - I don't care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil fucking machinations. I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now too. 'Oh, you know what Bill's doing? He's going for that anti-marketing dollar. That's a good market, he's very smart.' Oh man. I am not doing that, you fucking evil scumbags! 'Oh, you know what Bill's doing now? He's going for the righteous indignation dollar. That's a big dollar. Lot of people are feeling that indignation, we've done research. Huge market. He's doing a good thing.' God damn it, I'm not doing that, you scumbags. Quit putting a goddamn dollar sign on every fucking thing on this planet! 'Oh, the anger dollar. Huge. Huge in times of recession. Giant market, Bill's very bright to do that.' God, I'm just caught in a fucking web. 'Oh, the trapped dollar. Big dollar, huge dollar. Good market, look at our research. We see that many people feel trapped. If we play to that and then separate them into the trapped dollar :' How do you live like that? And I bet you sleep like fucking babies at night, don't you? 'What did you do today, honey?' 'Oh, we made arsenic childhood food. Now, good night. Yeah, we just said, you know, is your baby really too loud? You know : yeah, the mums will love it, yeah.' Sleep like fucking children, don't you? This is your world, isn't it?"

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Robotics evangelist: 'Personal robots' should be invisible beings

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Re: 19 years late

I was thinking more along the lines of "Life Imitates the Simpsons" (the Halloween episode with Pierce Brosnan) or perhaps Ren & Stimpy's "House of Next Tuesday".

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Star Wars generated plenty of imitators at the time, but few - if any - are remembered.

Battle Beyond the Stars? If only I could forget it! It even had a simple farm boy in it (don't get much simpler than John Boy Walton).

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Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

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A penalty...

...for early withdrawal?

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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"Leftpondian" is better.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Re: Elite

Or there's always Oolite: http://www.oolite.org/

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50+ crowd are wolfing down tablets: Silver foxes are even migrating to the Twitters

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Re: No surprise really

"Pentium four with a CD re-writer, XP Home, 120GB HDD and 512mb RAM anyone? One careful owner from new!"

Ideal for e.g. Lubuntu, AntiX, Slitaz or Crunchbang - hell, Puppy would fly on that thing!

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Hacktivists hijack BNP Twitter account, crayon over leader Griffin's too

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Pretty easy to guess the password...

What's the betting it was some variation on AH18 or 88?

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: Absolutely and Schools

Does anyone still use the -ic and -ous suffixes? I thought it was all Fe(II) and Fe(III) these days (hell, even 30 years ago when I did Chemistry O-level).

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Oh shame

I suppose you could try compiling FreeDOS for ARM (or even using DOSBox or QEmu, though that would be pretty slow), then running VB 1.0 for DOS on top.

Some people have already managed to get Win95B, 98SE and even XP running on a Raspberry Pi via QEmu or DOSBox, so maybe it's not too slow after all:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=10635

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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And nothing of value was lost...

See title.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: surely?

Indeed - MintPPC FTW!

http://mintppc.org/

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

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Re: Also...

"Everybody likes the Eagles!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWQc7uew0ug

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Re: New Barbarian Manifesto

All very well, except government money isn't like household money - the government can create money whenever it feels like it (quantitative easing, anyone?).

The true consumers of government money are in fact the banks, and they no longer have any need for a "productive" side in order to generate cash, which is why the private sector is struggling.

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