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2647 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Just when you think you know El Reg. They give you a headline like that and it isn't about an understaffed server farm in Rio without air conditioning.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: um

Isn't the statistic something like a new app receives most of its reviews within the first two or three weeks? If that's the case it makes sense to give an app a trial window and if it doesn't reach $THRESHOLD in that time then it gets pulled. A quick search seems to indicate that about 60% of all apps are zombies anyway with many having never been downloaded regardless of which app store you look at. Certainly after a year if it hasn't been downloaded once it isn't likely to take off anytime soon. It's probably a pity as there is likely some wheat among all that chaff.

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Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious

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There go the tinfoil hats then, I guess.

If growing wheat isn't beyond government control, what makes you think your tinfoil hat hasn't been foiled long before you put it on?

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Then why aren't they doing it already with the iPhones that have Activation Lock?

How do we know the smart thieves aren't already doing this? How long before the smart thieves read this article? I think some already have.

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It doesn't have to be authorities who go bricking your phone. Given the amount of malicious intent in some people it would be easy to imagine a person gaming the system to brick the phone belonging to their intended victim to ensure the opportunity to call for help was removed. There has to be some check on this system to ensure only the owner can brick the device or allow emergency calls even when "bricked" by disabling the SIM slot. I imagine a few fuses on the SIM data lines could be blown with a simple switch which would brick it quite nicely while still allowing calls to emergency services.

Real thieves can always carry a Faraday bag they can pick up at Amazon to drop the nicked mobile in and sell it off at their leisure in Tibet. Of course that will just mean that California will pass a law banning the possession of Faraday bags by civilians which will soon lead to bans on metal foil and ultimately the closest someone will be legally able to get will be 00 steel wool pads that are no more than 1/4 inch thick but I digress.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Bovine

feces!

Hard money says they are talking "supersonic" relative to sonic velocities within the produced cavity not sonic water velocities. The whole point of making it cavitate is to provide a region of reduced friction which also conveniently supplies a region of reduced sonic velocity. Technically it may be supersonic in the cavity, but in water... not so much, hence I pitch a gigantic cow patty into the mix.

Anyone want to work out the power equation for supersonic velocities underwater? Nah, me either.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: Pasteurized before you see it

Actually, if it was going 3600 mph it would have been four miles away. Must have been a hell of a bang to cause damage to the launch facility.

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Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Re: Noonee 'chair'

I guess kicking back and putting your feet up is out of the question.

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Re: The wrist computer market has grown by almost 700 per cent this year

If it keeps growing at this rate, we'll have them beat in about an hour.

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Re: Doom to failure

Perhaps they could base it on ReactOS.

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Re: New user interface ...

I was thinking something more along the lines of

东与西 $

Which in Hong Kong would naturally be

東與西 $

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Re: Instant vs Brewed

When I tried to interrupt her and ask for boiling water, she looked both frightened and uncomprehending (latter could have been because I spoke a completely foreign language of course).

Boiling water would likely get her fired as a dozen legal beagles would be nipping at heels of the proprietor if a single customer would be exposed to so much as one drop of water slightly warmer than tepid.

Foreign language, did you happen to be speaking English?

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Re: Instant vs Brewed

Coffee (As served in the US) so weak it should not be called Coffee.

There is a reason for that. Mostly it's because everyone is using the same recipe that was used during both the Great Depression and WWII. My grandmother fortunately predated both and knew how to make a real cup of coffee. Today with a pound of coffee weighing in at about 10 oz and most people grabbing their cup from the coffee shop down the street a good cup of coffee has fallen to the gods of profit margin and what the average Joe will pay for his (below average) cup of joe.

As for the brewing vessel and method, Chemex is nice.

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AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else

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Re: Sorry, what's it thirty years of?

Well since the ATI launch was August 1985 maybe it's that they have completed 29 years and are now in their 30th year. It's also possible they figure nobody would actually care enough to count. I know I wouldn't have thought anything of it if you hadn't pointed it out.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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Didn't they also take the other bit of advice and shorten the name to just the Islamic State (IS) back in June when they named a caliph? It seems Mr. Bong that your words were well heeded by these hipsterrorists.

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

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Re: "stupid fucking idiot dipshit wanky cock-sucking Will.I.Am"

Personally I've always thought his half second cousin thrice removed was a much better artist. Perhaps you've heard of him, Will.I.Fucking.Aint.

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iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

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Holmes

Uh, isn't this the whole point of making cheap Androids? It allows everyone to have a smartphone instead of just those wealthy enough for an iPhone so it's hardly a surprise that the average iPhoner makes more money.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Longburn

Given the layout of my local Wally World I'd half expect them to be located between the stationary and cleaning chemicals, you know right next to the LPG exchange rack.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Re: Quick Reader Poll:

I ditched my previous watch because the battery only lasted a year, switched to an Eco-drive and haven't looked back. That said, if it was wireless and I could just drop it on a recharging pad at the end of the day then daily would probably be fine but I'd prefer a week or more for traveling.

The thing with a watch is that it shouldn't ever stop and people are creatures of habit so if it fits the daily routine it has a spot, likewise if it fits a weekly or monthly routine it is easy to work with. The real pain in the arse is when it lasts 3 or 4 days or less than a day and doesn't fit nicely into the routine. Whatever it does it has to work on a convenient and consistent schedule because battery gauges suck sewage through a straw because the use and power draw profiles are so varied.

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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Meh

Big deal, Microsoft quit the club. Google is still a member as are the four major mobile providers and - ah heck, go read the wiki-list for yourselves.

I was rather shocked to find that this "oil-funded lobby" has just as much pharmaceutical pull on its enterprise board but I suppose that doesn't fit with the evil dino-juice narrative. Maybe the author could put together a piece about big pharma killing children because drugs are too expensive and work in a tie the next time a tech company joins/drops ALEC.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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Re: P.S.

Why should we, it's a multi-billion dollar industry that discriminates against short players. Why don't we ever hear about the lack of vertical diversity in basketball on the evening news?

Sadly the icon is probably necessary.

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Re: umm..

Ok, I still don't see how the chicken also meant to die. If it were a modern joke I'd understand given the amount of traffic and speeds it travels but when the joke appears to have originated, 1847, the invention of the automobile was still nearly 40 years distant and Lincoln wouldn't be elected for over a decade so crossing a road should have been trivial unless there happened to be a horse carriage at full gallop coming through. This whole chicken suicide sounds like some sort of new-age codswallop to me.

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'Chinese crims' snatch 4.5 MILLION patient files from US hospitals

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Equine phallus!

This first bit

... accessing names, addresses and social security numbers of millions of patients.

makes this second bit

But Community Health Systems (CHS) claims no medical records nor any financial data were grabbed by the miscreants.

irrelevant. As practiced by most corporate and governmental arsehats these days the keys to the data in the second bit is typically the data of the first bit.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Headmaster

The Bundesnachrichtdienst (BND), the German intelligence service, snooped on a satellite phone conversation that Kerry made in 2013, a year after it intercepted a call between Clinton and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan in 2012.

I believe it's Bundesnachrichtendienst.

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

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They should go retro and call it "Technicolor Yawn".

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Boffins find hundreds of thousands of woefully insecure IoT devices

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Once again proving that consumer grade kit isn't worth the hardware it's built from and I'd wager some "commercial grade" kit is just the same thing with a higher price. It's also why I keep a virtual BSD firewall on my laptop for when I'm traveling and don't know what kit I may need to connect through at the hotel or company I'm at.

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Re: Human physics !

Makes sense. Doing the math to convert a typical 2000 Calorie (kilocalorie) per day diet is equivalent to 96.9 Watts. That means a banana provides enough energy to power a person for about one hour fifteen minutes or an iPhone for the better part of a month.

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Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

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Re: Wishes for a fair trial

governments all use the same excuse to spy on our every move

The worst part is that everyone else who has all the pictures of largely innocent people from passports in their facial rec. databases is now frantically importing all the pictures of felons and fugitives they have while saying to themselves "why didn't we think of putting the bad guys pictures into the database before?"

Arsehats, the lot of them.

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Just to be clear

The FBI has every passport photo already in the facial recognition database but not wanted posters. I get they were looking for passport fraud but they missed this guy's fraudulent passport and only caught up when pictures of known fugitives were put in. Does that strike anyone else as a bit backward?

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SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

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Re: 6 months?

It seems to me that the easiest way to kill the canary would be for one of the geographically diverse signors to revoke their PGP signature so that the webpage which may still be "alive" because of the update frequency would be effectively dead. In using the signatures as a true indicator and it wouldn't even require looking at the webpage between updates. One merely checks the status of the three signatures and if the Tuvaluan signor (or anywhere outside of the offending jurisdiction) has revoked her signature it can be assumed that the canary is dead even though the webpage hasn't been updated. They could even work out a system where one signature would be revoked when the request for data was received and a second if they lost the decision for a proverbial threat level color code [Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Red]

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Each year we get the 'new words' announcement...

Pity about them removing cyclogiro as Seoul National University actually has one working. Of course in keeping with the times the university dutifully called it a cyclocopter.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: It'll be good in about 5 years time...

Well the standard A plug is 12 mm x 4.5 mm so it might be possible to make a flush mount adapter to convert it to the smaller C plug.

I for one will be happy to do away with the awful micro-B-with-3.0-sidecar connector.

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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Re: Prior Art

Even Siri is a relative newcomer and is one of many spin-offs of a Darpa project called CALO going back over a decade. Another implementation that is Siri's senior is SILVIA so it really has to be dependent on the implementation.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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So it looks like they took a Nokia C2-01, stripped out the really useful bits, stuffed it in a candy coated shell and oh, I guess that's it, isn't it. Pah, it's still probably a better phone than most dumb terminals smart phones.

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

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Re: @foxyshadis

I can tell you that being only 20 miles from downtown LA and you might get actual definition broadband but not more. Sure I can pay for the high speed up to 15 Mb/s package but can guarantee that you'll be luck to see the high 5 to low 6 Mb/s range because the infrastructure simply can't handle it. I dropped back to the cheapest net connection available and dropped from nearly 6 to about 3.5 Mb/s and saved a lot of money doing it. If I lived a little further away where the truly expensive new housing is I could get blistering speed over fiber but paying the associated Mello-Roos taxes (about $1000/month) simply isn't worth it.

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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Re: Why?

It doesn't surprise me they were firings. One of the biggest problems here in SoCal is the lack of able talent. We're constantly hiring and about nine in ten are let go in the first six months because they simply can't or won't do the job they claimed they could. Frankly we had a better time of it at the depths of the recession as it was much easier to find good help even though it also increased the pool of inappropriate people to wade through as many folks were just applying for any job hoping to get lucky.

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Re: Why did Jasper

They're just billy goats, no need to be Gruff.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Unfounded concerns

Let's not forget that card theft is often grab and run. Actual muggings are also a time limited affair unless you really are at the far end of a dark alley so it isn't likely that someone will stand there waiting for you to try remembering your PIN. Besides, it's much easier to search through the wallet/purse later for the scrap of paper all the PINs are written down on.

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

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Re: As always, good work

Yes, the current setup isn't near optimal given the awkward airflow. I expect calibrating the airspeed indicator will give a low reading given the slipstream around the van will be faster than the actual speed of the van so it should be spaced off at least far enough to get reasonably clean air. Being in clean air will also allow for some rather interesting data collection as working a few load cells into the mounting hardware will give an idea of what you've got for lift and control forces. In a pinch you can borrow some load cells from a cheap digital scale.

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: Unsubscribe

Yep, seems like a quick way to make the "this address is live" list. It's not that hard to just train the spam filter.

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High five from AMD: New supercomputer GPU maxes out at 5.07 TFLOPS

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Re: Where's the Fan?

From the specs tab on the website:

Cooling/Power/Form Factor

-Max Power: 235W

-Bus Interface: PCIe® x16

-Slots: Two

-Form Factor: Full height/ Full length

-Cooling: Passive heat sink

Then below that:

System Requirements

-20 CFM airflow cooling at 45° C maximum inlet temperature

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Eddy Ito
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Wait

Where's the DVI port? How is a Hard Core Gamer going to attach his array of monitors?

What? You say it's for HPC not HCG! Oh; belay my last.

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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So who has money on the Gigafactory being located near the SpaceX facility in Brownsville Texas or more cheaply specifically, Matamoros Mexico?

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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As noble as their intentions may be, I see two problems right away. First, it only catches the dumb ones who don't encrypt their illegal activity, although that may very well be a large percentage. Second, if someone wanted to use the police to harass someone all they have to do is send them the appropriate image to produce the digital equivalent of swatting.

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

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Re: Not Realistic

I'd go with the left handed lug nuts but only on the right side of the car and mandate that no lug shall be more than finger tight.

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Diablo locks down 'key' memory channel storage patent

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ULLtraDIMM technology

Is that like SUUperDARK? Either way it doesn't seem very bright.

Ok, ok, I'm going.

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It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

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I'm torn

Never agreeing to a standard means the Net-o-Stuff never really takes over. If they do create a fixed standard it will be much easier to filter it at the firewall. I have to be honest, I'm leaning toward the latter as the better option.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Why won't they sort it out?

If the rumors of a 3 year major release cycle are true then with 8 having been released in 2012 that would put 9 on track for next year. Given the effort it will take, who knows maybe they will listen to the folks in the focus groups, for the next rev perhaps it's easier to just let the old 8.x wounds scab over than apply yet another bandage in the hope someone will find it attractive.

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